Clubs & Competitions
Once the basics are learned its time to work towards your first diving competitions. The ASA and British Diving have developed a multi-level competition programme on both local and national level.
Click here to read the ASA's General Diving Conditions document.Competitions are skill-focused and do not follow the traditional diving formats.
To become a successful diver, athletes must have a complete skill set rather than just being able to perform a couple of dives.
The best way to enter and prepare for diving competitions is through a club - click here to find your nearest diving club with Poolfinder.
Skills competitions are the first level of competitive diving and involve testing basic skills from the poolside, 1m springboard and 3m springboard.
Divers will be tested on the 'rip' they perform and their controlled take-offs from both the springboard and platform surface at these low heights.
The Talent Games
Children from either the Schools Talent ID scheme or regular Learn To Dive beginnings who clubs have identified as having potential are prepared in a broad range of technical and physical events. Their training will be a mix of gymnastic training, technical dry dive training, physical preparation and dive training.
Children 11 years and under will compete for their clubs at the Talent Games. Each year the top divers will be selected for the English Programmes Zone Squad.
Regional and Club Competitions
The ASA Regions, Clubs and the ASA provide a number of competitions for divers who at this level will be undertaking between four and six training sessions per week of 2 – 3 hours duration.
The main focus of age group diving must be physical and technical development. Learning complex diving skills is not a priority, but a strong competency in all of the diving groups (forward, back, reverse, inward, twist and armstand for platform divers) is essential before transition to elite competitive development.
Training sessions for divers at this level will often be split with a general rule of thumb 50% dry based technical and physical preparatory work and 50% water based activity developing dives.
The ASA National Age Group Diving Championships is the pinnacle of national competition for age group divers in England.
There was also an ASA National Diving Championships but this competition is currently not run as an independent event.
Head to our Results page for more information about these national competitions.