Diving in Reading – above picture – reflecting and recollecting the early days when competitive diving first started in Reading
Albatross History – Why Written? – diving introduction in new Central pool
Why written? – This presentation was written when Central Pool was threatened with closure in 2002. 16 further years of borrowed time Albatross Diving Club continued beyond this “book” until the Central Pool will close 31st January 2018.
The Albatross Diving Club will continue to flourish under the direction of my son Malcolm Green, using borrowed facilities until potentially, a new pool by 2021.
Previously to this brand new pool, Reading town had had many swimming facilities, but without regulation diving boards. Also depths of water fell short of the standard requirements for National competitive diving.
Many international swimmers, synchronised swimmers, Olympic representatives, disabled International swimmers, fine water polo players have been moulded in the Central Pool – not to mention the abundant talent and skills in young children awaiting to be nurtured. Many will miss the pool and should have many affectionate recollections.
The Central Pool Reading – “was state of the art, close to my heart.”
Albatross History of Competitive Springboard and Highboard Diving in Reading, is extracted from news and personal records between 1968-2002” Compiled and produced by Anne Green Jessel. Copies were presented, and are within the Diving Club; RBC and the Reference Library, Reading Public Libraries.
During my experiences of starting and coaching diving within both Reading Swimming Club and Albatross Diving Club, at Central Pool, I put together a little book explaining all about diving and all about my experiences of teaching diving plus helping others “to learn the trade.” They are my own personal hints, (everyone has their own basic methods). I’m uploading it in parts on https://www.so-dive-in.co.uk
As Central Pool comes under the category of Lost Lidos and Pools, it shares my Lost Lidos website