About

Specialists in springboard & highboard diving.

Plymouth Diving is the competitive arm of the Everyone Active Diving Training Scheme and is based at the state of the art Plymouth Life Centre.

In 1992, Andy, along with his mentor Peter Squires, opened up ’Plymouth City Sports’ with a goal to open up the sport of diving to as many people as possible and to nurture whatever talent came along toward the International stage.

Plymouth Diving has grown over the years from a small diving club based in Central Park pool with a handful of recognised divers and a small coaching team. In the last four years membership has doubled on the competitive side to the point where 71 divers  competed at National level this year – an increase of some 20+ divers from the previous year.

The club offers opportunities to divers across a very broad area of the South West across Cornwall and up to and across Devon as there are no other ways for people to learn to dive in this part of the South West – a number of lessons are put on for visiting clubs and children who just want to come and learn at the weekends given that after school lessons will be difficult to get to. It’s most recent innovation is the Diveability Class where children from a variety of additional needs groups are invited to come and learn with a dedicated and experienced member of the close swimming lesson provider who has a Flip n Fun qualification. This has enabled children to try out the sport without needing to fit the regular class criteria.

The club regularly provides stunt training for a growing number of stunt men and women, diving sessions for schools working with disaffected youths and this year is embarking on a project in conjunction with Plymouth City Council, to divert Tombstoners from dangerous locations to safer activities like Coasteering and Springboard diving.

We provide opportunities for children aged 5 years up to adults to get involved either through the activity itself or as a volunteer running events. Several parent members have got involved with scoring at events and three of it’s events team acted as an officials at the London 2012 Olympics in recording and announcing roles – one of whom also worked at the 2008 Beijing Olympics also. All these officials dedicate time to the local events. Probably Plymouth’s most prominent member was Tom Daley but the club also boasts three other Olympians and many Internationals.

Our Diving Pool is of international level. It offers a moveable floor so it can be used as a standard pool at other times.

The Coaches

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Andy Banks

Founder and Head Coach

In 1988, Andy Banks established the UK’s first fully professional diving programme in Bradford
As Head Coach at Plymouth Diving and a coach to Team GB, Andy now trains some of Great Britain’s top divers including Tom Daley and Tonia Couch.

Andy has been Involved in diving since 1973 and is also a specialist in crazy stunt diving. Andy started coaching 1983 and coached Plymouth’s first diver ever to make Commonwealth Games Team (1994).

Andy’s coaching career includes head coach to 2002 Commonwealth Games Team – the most successful England Team ever, coach to 2 divers on the 2005 World Championship Team, 3 divers on the 2006 Commonwealth Games Team, 4 divers on 2008 World Cup Team, 2 divers on Beijing Olympic Team & Team Coach in Beijing

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Fito Gutierrez

Fito Started diving 1979 and spent 8 years on the Mexican National Team
He is a qualified diving and trampolining coach, starting his coaching life in Bradford in 1999 and then in Southampton in 2006.

Fito has Coached 6 different Elite Junior National medalists (up to April 2007) and has had seven International appointments as coach to GB Junior Team (up to April 2007)

In May 2016 Fito claimed a gold medal at the European Masters Championships in London in the men’s 45-49 year-old platform competition.

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Sally Freeman

Sally dived in Plymouth from 1985 to 1997, then in Leeds from 1997 to 2000.
She is the first diver ever from Plymouth to qualify for a Senior International and also compete in the Commonwealth Games in 1994.
Sally has also dived in the 1998 Commonwealths and 2000 Olympic Games

Her coaching career began in Plymouth 1992 and she has since coached for Leeds, Bradford and Southampton and has since relocated back to Plymouth in 2007.

The Divers

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Tonia Couch

Tonia Couch is one of the most experienced active English divers, having competed at six World Championships and two Olympic Games.

Couch’s first major international medal came in the first event to be held at London Aquatic Centre as she landed 10m Synchro bronze with Sarah Barrow.

The pair went on to win European gold in 2012, European silver in 2013 and Commonwealth silver for England at Glasgow 2014.

Couch is also a world class competitor in the individual 10m Platform event, having finished fourth at the 2014 World Cup and landed a host of medals on the FINA Diving World Series.

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Dan Goodfellow

Daniel Goodfellow competed at three consecutive European Junior Championships between 2011 and 2013, winning 3m Springboard bronze in Belgrade in 2011 then Platform gold in the Group A age group in Poznan two years later.

Goodfellow also made senior international debut in 2013, competing at the European Championships in Rostock and World Championships in Barcelona.

While injury curtailed his progress in 2014, Goodfellow returned to the international stage in 2015 with a final appearance in the 3m Springboard at the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Bolzano.

He returned to the domestic podium at the start of 2016, winning 10m Synchro gold with Tom Daley and individual 10m bronze at the National Cup in Southend.

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Sarah Barrow

Sarah Barrow made her Commonwealth debut as a 17-year old at Melbourne 2006, finishing fifth in the 10m Synchro alongside Monique Gladding.

After finishing fourth in the same event with Tonia Couch at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2011 World Championships, Barrow won her first major medal with 10m Synchro bronze at the 2012 World Cup at London Aquatics Centre.

Further success followed for Barrow and Couch as they won European gold in 2012, European silver in 2013 and Commonwealth silver at Glasgow 2014.

Barrow is also a world class diver in the individual 10m Platform, finishing fourth at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona and winning European gold in Berlin in 2014.

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Robyn Birch

Before specialising in diving, Robyn Birch was a world class artistic gymnast and competed at the European Championships in 2009 and World Championships in 2010.

Her major diving breakthrough came the following year as she won Group A Platform gold at the British Elite Junior Championships then finished fifth in the same event and age group at the European Juniors.

She retained her title in 2012 then won her first individual senior national medal with 10m Platform bronze at the British National Cup in 2014.

Birch showed her senior international pedigree in 2015, winning 10m Synchro bronze with Georgia Ward at the FINA Grand Prix in Gatineau, Canada, then upgrading to silver with the same partner at the European Championships in Rostock.

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Shanice Lob

Shanice Lobb impressed in her first year as a Group B athlete winning the 1m, 3m and Platform clean sweep at the 2012 British Elite Junior Championships.

She enjoyed junior international success the same season, winning bronze on her European Junior debut in Graz, then finishing eighth in the same event at the World Junior Championships in Adelaide.

After another European Junior medal in 2013, Lobb won the Group A Platform title at the British Elite Juniors in 2014, then senior bronze in the 10m Platform at the British Championships in Sheffield.

A string of injuries over 2014 and 2015 disrupted her progress, but Lobb returned to win Group A Platform silver at the 2015 Junior Elites, then finished fourth in the 10m Platform at the European Games in Baku.

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Matthew Dixon

Matthew Dixon was the star of his age group in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as he landed a clean sweep of the 1m, 3m and Platform titles at three consecutive British Elite Junior Championships.

A Group B Platform bronze medal for the ASA England Programmes team at the 2013 Trofeo Niccolò Campo set him up for what would prove a breakthrough season in 2014.

Less than two months after turning 14, Dixon won the British Championship 10m Platform crown in Sheffield, then won European Junior bronze, finished ninth for England at the Commonwealth Games, and eighth in the Group B Platform final at the World Junior Championships in Russia.

Dixon continued his progress in 2015, winning silver at the British Championships and a fourth straight British Elite Junior Platform title, competing for the final time in the Group B age group.

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Victoria Vincent

Victoria Vincent showed promise in her first national level competitions, finishing first in her age group at the 2010 and 2011 ASA National Skills Finals, and landing 1m gold and 3m silver in the Group E age group at the 2010 ASA National Age Group Championships.

She made an immediate impact in the Group C age group in 2013, winning the 1m, 3m and Platform clean sweep at the British Elite Junior Championships, then repeating the feat for the ASA England Programmes team at the Trofeo Niccolò Campo in Rome.

Vincent pulled off a surprise as a 13-year old at the 2014 British Championships in Sheffield, winning 10m Platform gold at Ponds Forge to seal a place on the England team for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she finished 10th.

She missed seven months of training in 2015 after an emergency eye operation to correct a detached retina, but returned with a final berth on her European Junior Championship debut in Moscow, finishing sixth in the 1m Springboard.