Fancy yourself as a bit of a Tom Daley? Edinburgh Leisure is very proud to offer a fantastic diving pool at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, complete with a dedicated Dry Dive Area with trampolines and harnesses, so that you can practice all those twists and turns before taking them to the big boards - you'll get a glimpse on the video below! Our diving programme follows the National Diving Award Scheme with classes to suit beginners right through to those at a competitive level.
This is the first stage of the diving programme where basic diving skills are taught from poolside; including deep water confidence, jumping, rolling, first stages of head first diving & developmental shallow water skills. Entry Criteria:
- Children in Primary 1 and above
- Able to swim 10 metres unaided
- Comfortable in deep water
- Able to jump and submerge in water without goggles.
Diving Awards to be undertaken: Scottish Swimming Dive Skills Level 1 & 2
This class follows on from the Dive Skills class and develops your skills and movements further. You will also be introduced to dry land training during this level. Entry criteria:
- Passed Dive Skills level 1 & 2
- Pike fall from 1 metre & competent jump from the 3 metre board
Diving Awards to be undertaken: Scottish Swimming Dive Skills Level 3 & 4
With these lessons, you could progress towards becoming a more competitive diver. Learning the essential take off for all four diving groups: front, inward, back and reverse. Entry Criteria:
Passed Dive Skills level 3 & 4
Diving Awards to be undertaken: Scottish Swimming Dive Skills Level 5
The Dive Gold class will develop the take-offs learned in Dive Silver and progress the four diving groups further, building skills and experience. Entry Criteria:
- Invited by Diving Coordinator (must have passed Dive Skills level 5)
- 13yrs and above
Children will learn skills and dives from the poolside and one metre diving boards at a pace they are comfortable with. All parents and carers are welcome to sit on poolside next to the lesson taking place and watch as well as assist if they wish. We ask that children are able to swim confidently in deep water without goggles.
Jump and Dive
Specifically designed for 3 – 5 year olds, this class will focus on jumping techniques which promote self-confidence and social skills while having fun. Coaches will deliver the class using the trampoline and dive board in the dry land diving area . Children will learn how to land, shape and twist and will be a great starting point for progression to trampolining, gymnastics or diving classes from P1.
Individual Dive Lessons
Our personal diving sessions can be booked with one of our coaches at a time that suits you! The coach will plan a personalised session tailored to suit your needs. These lessons are great for extra practice and to develop your skills.
This class is only available to customers of The Commie, Dive Bronze, Dive Silver and Dive Gold classes and is an opportunity for additional training for children on our dry land dive facility. This facility includes a trampoline, diving boards with crash mats, tumble track, 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.
A fantastic course suitable for beginners with no prior diving experience all the way through to masters. The teacher will start with the basic skills such as the hand grab and go through the three different shapes that we use in diving. Initial basic skills are taught from the poolside and 1m diving boards and include dives and drills from each of the 6 different directions we use in diving – forwards, inwards, backwards, reverse twist and armstand. Many of our adult divers go on to compete in masters competitions – however there is no pressure and some people just chose to train for fun and to keep fit.