The Sport Ireland Campus team is delighted to announce the reopening of our Diving Academy Program. We look forward to welcoming you / your child back to a safe diving environment. See below our Diving timetable with session start and end times:
World Class Facilities
The Sport Ireland Campus Kids Diving Academy is held in the Olympic Standard Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre. This facility is not only built to Olympic standards but was purpose-built for the 2003 Special Olympics aquatic sports. It regularly hosts national and international events.
As an academy member, your child will get to experience this elite, 2,500 seat facility, whilst perfecting their diving and movement skills.
Our experienced and dedicated diving coaching team work closely with your children to ensure they are consistently progressing their diving and movement skills.
Children's Diving Lessons:
Dive Skills is the first stage of our Diving Academy programme where basic diving skills are taught from poolside and the boards; including deep water confidence, jumping, rolling, and the first stages of head first diving.
• Able to swim 25 metres unaided
• Comfortable in deep water
• Able to jump and submerge in water without goggles
Dive Bronze is the next stage after Dive Skills class. In Dive Bronze, you will develop skills and movements further from the poolside, 1 metre and 3 metre diving boards.
Dive Silver is the next stage after Dive Bronze. In this level, divers will focus on learning skills from different dive groups and directions.
Dive Gold is the last stage in the Learn to Dive Academy. This level will combine all diving skills that are developed and learned in Dive Skills to Dive Silver, and introduce you to more advanced techniques in diving. In this class, divers will develop the take-offs learned in Dive Silver and progress these four groups further, building skills, quality and repetitions.
Dry Dive Kids
This class is only available to customers in our Dive Bronze, Silver and Gold classes and is an opportunity for additional training for children in our dryland dive facility. This facility includes trampolines, diving boards with crash mats, sprung floor, somersault boxes, wall bars and stretching areas. These sessions are designed to complement our learn to dive classes and will have a specific focus on developing skills and confidence along with building flexibility and strength.
The ASD class is for children with additional needs who would like to try diving. The class is 40 minutes long. One-to-One assessment sessions will be conducted with the diving coaches in order to assess which class is the best fit for your child.
Divers will be assessed two to three times during each 10-week term. Coaches will keep track of every child’s progress and parents/guardians can follow their child’s progress on ‘CoursePro’. Notification for re-booking back into the class will be sent out by email two weeks left from ‘no reply coursepro’ to top up the credits.
Teen Diving Lessons
LTD Teens Dive
This session is for teens aged 13 – 18 years old who would like to do diving in a fun and sociable environment with other teenagers. Coaches will start with the basic skills; and introduce more advanced skills and dives from the four different dive groups: forward, inward, backward and reverse.
Entry criteria - 13 years and above.
Dry Dive Teens
This 40-minute class is only available to customers in the teen diving academy. It’s an opportunity for additional training for our teens in our dryland dive facility. This facility includes trampolines, diving boards with crash mats, sprung floor, somersault boxes, wall bars and stretching areas. These sessions are designed to complement our learn to dive classes and will have a specific focus on developing skills and confidence along with building flexibility and strength.
Development squad is one of the first training groups within the programme at the Sport Ireland Campus. Development trains twice a week, both in dry dive and pool sessions. The divers' training in this group will be focused on enjoying diving and perfecting the skills necessary to compete, in a fun but focused environment. The aims for this level are to build confidence, develop strength and flexibility, and to learn new and more difficult dives. Divers will be selected to join this squad by the senior coaches within the Sport Ireland Campus Diving Team when they have achieved the entry requirements and following a one-month squad trail.
The Pre-Competitor squad is one of the first competitively-geared training groups within the Sport Ireland Campus. It is aimed at club level novice divers who have completed all of the skills taught in the learn to dive programme. The divers' training in this group will be focused on enjoying diving and perfecting the skills necessary to compete at novice level for their age group, whilst learning how to train in a more focused atmosphere. Divers can be selected to join this group by the senior coaches within the Sport Ireland Campus Diving Team following a one-month squad trial.
The divers in Novice Competitor squad will be focused on enjoying diving and perfecting the skills necessary to compete well at novice level for their age group, and will also begin working towards developing a list of dives from 1m and 3m springboard, and building confidence from the platforms. This squad is aimed at divers hoping to make an impact at National and UK novice level competitions. The novice competitor squad trains three times a week, both dry dive and pool sessions. Divers can be selected to join this squad by the senior coaches within the Sport Ireland Campus Diving Team following a one-month squad trail.
This squad is aimed at a range of divers identified as showing elite level potential, from high level novice divers up to and including those aiming to compete at a junior international level. The divers training in this squad will be focused on reaching their full potential, and having the opportunity to achieve success at domestic and overseas competitions. Divers can be selected to join this squad by the senior coaches within the Sport Ireland Campus Diving Team following a one-month squad trail.