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A progressive pathway

Our Junior Learn to Dive programme is designed for children aged from Primary 1 up to 15 years, to encourage all children to learn to dive through a fun and progressive pathway.

Aberdeen Sports Village is proud to be working in partnership with the National Governing Body, Scottish Swimming. Our Junior Learn to Dive programme runs in line with the National Framework for Diving in Scotland.

Each level of the framework provides a well-defined set of goals and targets for the learning and enhancement of skills, allowing progressive development in the sport.

Our programme is split into:

  • Dive Skills 1 (DS1)
  • Dive Skills 2 (DS2)
  • Dive Skills 3 (DS3)
  • Dive Skills 4 (DS4)

Dive Skills 1 (DS1)

Entry Criteria:

  • Children aged 5 and above
  • Able to swim 10 metres unaided, competently in deep water
  • Able to jump and submerge in water without goggles

During these 30-minute classes instructors work with divers to help develop deep water confidence and body awareness, using a variety of in-water skills.

Basic diving shapes and skills are taught from the poolside, including jumping and rolling, and the instructors will begin to introduce headfirst entries into the water.

Divers will progress onto learning jumps from the 1m and 3m springboards.

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Dive Skills 1

Dive Skills 2 (DS2)

Entry criteria:

  • Passed Dive Skills level 1
  • Pike fall from 1 metre
  • Competent and consistent jump from 3 metre

Dive Skills 2 sessions run for 45 minutes and build on the skills learned in DS1, as well as introducing the divers to dryland practices on the poolside.

Instructors will focus on the development of forward and backward skills leading into headfirst entries in both directions.

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Dive Skills 2

Dive Skills 3 (DS3)

Entry criteria:

  • Passed Dive Skills level 2

Dive Skills 3 is a 60-minute class. Instructors will begin to introduce the reverse and inward directions, and divers will spend time focussing on the development of backward jumps and entries from the 3-metre board.

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Dive Skills 3

Dive Skills 4 (DS4)

Entry criteria:

  • Passed Dive Skills level 3
  • Forward line ups from 3 metre
  • Competent and consistent backward jump from 3 metre

Dive Skills 4 classes will run for 60 minutes where instructors will introduce the final two diving groups – twist and armstand.

Divers will work to develop their board timing and rhythm, as well as improving aerial awareness and introducing somersaulting skills.

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Dive Skills 4

Where & When

Junior Learn to Dive lessons are available year-round with a minimum of 45 lessons per year (based on 12 months' enrolment). Parents will also have access to a secure online portal where their child’s progress can be monitored.

Junior Learn to Dive lessons currently run after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings, in the 25m pool.

The cost of Junior Learn to Dive varies by skill level. All prices listed are per month, payable via direct debit:

  • Dive Skills 1: £24.55
  • Dive Skills 2: £26.50
  • Dive Skills 3: £28.60
  • Dive Skills 4: £28.60

For children enrolled in Junior Learn to Dive, free swimming during available public and family sessions is included in the monthly fee.

Enjoy a 20% discount on Junior Learn to Dive lessons with an ASV Family or ASV Kids Lifestyle Membership!

Children enrolled in Junior Learn to Dive lessons can also enjoy a 20% discount on our Diving Camps and go to our Supervised Diving sessions for just £4.30 per session - that's a savings of 50% off our usual rate!

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