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How old do I have to be to learn to dive?

Maturity is more important than physical age for children, but generally around 6 years is a good time to start. 


Do I need special skills before I start diving?

You will need to be able to swim at least 50 metres comfortably.  This is because some of our training takes place in a pool with bubbles, to soften landings when learning new dives, but these create a very strong current in the pool.  You will also need to feel comfortable in deep water as you will not touch the bottom of the pool when you jump or dive in.


I think I can dive quite well already, but want to learn harder dives.  Do I have to start with beginners?

If you have diving experience already, please speak to Janet.  She will need to know where you learnt to dive, what dives you can do, and what you want to achieve.  You will probably be asked to come for an assessment.  If you taught yourself to dive, we will start you off in the beginner classes to get the basics, like posture, shape and jumping technique correct.  You will be moved up as soon as you have achieved Awards 1 and 2.


I have competed in trampolining and/or gymnastics, and think I will be able to pick up diving easily - do I have to start from the beginning?

You will have many skills that will transfer to diving, but there will be some major differences. You should start in the beginner class, but will probably be moved up quite quickly.


How much does it cost?

Currently everyone in the club squads pays £40 as an annual fee.  This covers the cost of affiliation to the ASA, the National Governing body, and also the GBDF who run competitions suitable for our Novice divers, those between ASA Skills and Age Group standard, and over 16s.  It also covers affiliation for coaches and officials of the club and their insurance premiums, as these all work without payment in the club for the benefit of all divers.  The fee also helps towards coaches expenses when going to competition with the divers, and to help those on very low income, or higher level divers who need to stay away for several nights for their competitions.  Alongside this fee, a monthy fee is paid according to the number of training sessions accessed.  This fee is currently between £35 and £55, with a reduction for second and subsequent siblings.

Lessons divers pay £10 toward their registration to the Governing Body.  Fees need to be paid annually, but if a diver moves into the squads, their annual fee will be reduced by £10 for that year.

What equipment do I need?

For pool sessions you will need well fitting swimwear.  Girls should wear 1 piece swimsuits; Boys should ideally wear trunks, but may wear shorts as long as the have a drawstring at the waist, and do not come below the knees or otherwise restrict movement.  If you get cold easily, you may like to have a shammy or microfibre towel to dry yourself between dives.

For dry sessions, non-restricting shorts and a T-shirt should be worn.

At competitions, you will need a Club T-shirt and shorts to go over your swimwear, for parades and presentations.