Squad Training

Within the competitive part of Albatross Diving Club divers are appointed, by the coaching team, to one of six squads:

  • Right Track
  • Junior Skills (12 yrs & under)
  • Senior Skills (13 yrs & over)
  • Age Group
  • Junior Elite
  • Masters

These squads are largely based on competitition skill levels. A diver diving in skills squad will have the dry and wet dive skills to compete in skills levels competions appropriate to their age. Similarly a diver in age group squad will have achieved a level of competence in diving that allows them to meet the conditions of age group competitions.

Right Track Squad

Coaches: Chris Beal, Sheila Kirrane, Jeff Pearce

  • Tuesday 18.00-19.00 Central Pool (17.30 Warm Up)
  • Saturday 12.00-13.00 Central Pool (11.30 Warm up)
  • Sunday 15.30-17.00 Dryland Woodford Park

Right Track will have occasional pool time on Sundays depending on availability. Your coach will give plenty of notice for these training sessions.

Junior & Senior Skills Squads

Coaches: Bernie Bicknell, Matt Pipe, Chris Beal, Nicki Allsop, Malcolm Green

  • Tuesday 19.00-20.00 (session 1)* Central Pool (18.30 Warm Up) or  20.00-21.15 (session 2)* Central Pool (19.30 Warm Up)
  • Thursday 17.30-18.45 Central Pool (17.00 Warm Up)
  • Saturday 10.30-11.30 (session 1)* Central Pool (10.00 Warm Up) or  11.30-12.30 (session 2)* Central Pool (10.45 Warm Up)
  • Sunday 16.00-18.00 Dryland Woodford Park (Please arrive 15 mins early to help set up equipment) 18.30-19.30 Wet Training Central Pool

Age Group & Junior Elite Squads

Coaches: Nicki Allsop, Malcolm Green

  • Monday 17.30-19.00 Central Pool (17.00 Warm Up) (Invitation only)
  • Tuesday 19.00-20.00 (session 1)* Central Pool (18.30 Warm Up) or  20.00- 21.15 (session 2)* Central Pool (19.30 Warm Up)
  • Thursday 17.30-18.45 Central Pool (17.00 Warm Up)
  • Saturday 10.30-11.30 (session 1)* Central Pool (10.00 Warm Up) or 11.30-12.30 (session 2)* Central Pool (10.45 Warm Up)
  • Sunday (15.45-18.00 Occasional Trampoline Session) 17.30-19.00 Dryland Woodford Park  19.30-20.45 Wet Training Central Pool

Masters & Adult Diving

Coach: Matt Pipe, Chris Beal

  • Tuesday 20.30 – 21.30 Central Pool (20.00 Warm Up)

*Your coach will let you know which session you are training in. If you have any doubts, then please email the lead coach Malcolm Green.

Why a squad system?

A squad system ensures effective coaching for all divers as coaches train divers of similar ability, attitude and commitment together. The coach is able to give more individual attention to a diver’s specific needs and provide suitable levels of support and encouragement.

A squad system, based on achievement and attitude, motivates and encourages divers. It promotes an appropriately challenging environment whereby divers want to achieve and attain goals and are directly rewarded for doing so. Divers enjoy training and are spurred on not only by their own success, but also from that of their peers.

A squad system ensures everyone realises their own potential in diving.