Welcome to Ringwood Diving Club

RDC diver Grant Nel

Welcome to the website for Ringwood Diving Club. We welcome anyone who has an interest in the Ringwood Diving Club and Diving in Melbourne.  Ringwood Diving Club provides diving classes for anyone who wants to learn how to do flips and turns off both diving boards and trampolines.  Ringwood Diving Club caters for all ages and abilities.

Diving is an Olympic Sport that develops coordination, strength, flexibilty and mental strength. We encourage people with a disability to participate in our classes where possible.


Would you like to learn Springboard and Platform Diving?

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Talent Identification, Development and Transfer program (TID)

Ringwood Diving Club is looking for talented athletes for our Talent Transfer Program: Any athletes, who have done a sport at a high level, especially in explosive sports such as soccer, gymnastics, trampolining and athletics. Our talent program trains between 8-10 sessions (16 - 28 hours) per week.

For any talented child (under 14) that would like to dive at a high level. Our Pre TID programs trains 3 to 5 sessions per week (4.5-7.5 hours).

To organise a free testing please contact Jorgen Schelleman

Mobile: 0427 441 200 or
email: jorgen@ringwooddivingclub.com.au.

Who can do diving at Ringwood Diving Club?

  • Anyone who is interested in diving and is 5 years and older and be willing to abide to by the terms and conditions of Ringwood Diving Club Inc.

Why Diving?

  • Develops strength and flexibility
  • Instils a sense of courage and overcoming fears
  • Encourages children to achieve fundamental developmental milestones like proprioception, balance, hopping, rolling, landing, bending and stretching, twisting and turning
  • Builds physical and mental stamina - setting and achieving goals is very important for everyone
  • Teaches humility, concentration, determination, patience, persistence, mental toughness, time management (fitting homework in around training times)
  • Promotes teamwork (synchronised diving, supporting and encouraging team mates), a sense of belonging and the skill to relate to and cooperate with others, independent of age, culture, background, ethnicity, ability or disability
  • Not seasonal or dependent on weather
  • A wonderful way to get fit and stay off the couch!

Why RDC?

  • We cater for all levels and ages from 5 years, as long as you are confident in deep water.
  • Our recreational programs are heaps of fun and we encourage everyone to ‘give it a go’.
  • We don’t only focus on Elite programs
  • We have a proud 26-year history of developing divers in Ringwood.
  • Ringwood Diving Club was winner of the Diving Victoria top male club in 2015 and top male and female club in 2013 and 2014. The club was winner of the Diving Australia Club Achievement Award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2017.
  • RDC has produced 5 Olympians, and Commonwealth Games divers, many National Champions and, most of all, countless divers who have become 'champions in life'.

To become a member, click here

For instructions on how to pay Membership Fees, click here

To register for classes, click the enrolments tab above


RDC Merchandise

To order uniform, please use this form, which shows pictures of all items as well as sizing options: Order Form

Anabelle Smith - RDC Life Member

Dual Olympian Anabelle Smith claimed Australia's fifth medal of the Rio 2016 Games in the 3m synchronised springboard event, alongside Olympic debutant Maddison Keeney. The duo finished on 299.19 points, behind Chinese gold medallists Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia and Italy’s Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape in silver. The pair were in fifth place heading into the last round before their fifth and final dive, a forward two and half somersault one twist pike, put them into medal contention in third. With only Canada left to dive, Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware’s final dive score of 47.28 wasn’t enough to push Keeney and Smith off the podium, with the Aussies holding on by one point.

Smith claimed bronze in the 10m synchronised event with Bree Cole at the 2010 Commonwealth Games before partnering with Sharleen Stratton in 2011. The pair won the 2012 nomination trials to secure a berth at the London Games.

Smith, who was 19 in London , and 25-year-old Stratton finished in fifth in the synchronised 3m springboard event- less than 12 points off a medal as China claimed the gold.


James Connor - RDC Life Member

At 17, James Connor was the youngest male in the Australian diving team at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Connor contested the 10m platform after finishing second to Matthew Mitcham at the Australian nomination trials. In London, Connor finished 20th in the preliminary round and narrowly missed a berth in the semi-final. James also competed in the 2016 Olympic Games, ending 15th in the Platform event.

In 2010 Connor was the youngest Australian male ever to compete in the 10m Platform at a Commonwealth Games when he finished ninth as a 15-year-old. James hopes to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Jaele Patrick - RDC Life Member

Jaele Patrick made her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Competing in the 3m springboard event, Patrick was the final athlete to qualify for the semi-final after finishing 18th in the preliminaries. In the semi-final, Patrick repeated her tightrope act and qualified 11th out of the 12 athletes to make the final. She went on to finish 11th in the final with compatriot Sharleen Stratton fifth and China’s Minxia Wu claiming gold.

The dual 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist took up a sports scholarship at Texas A&M University and beat the best divers in the US College system to win the NCAA Championship before earning her spot to compete at the London Games.

Grant Nel - RDC Life Member

After diving for 19 years, South African-born Grant Nel made his Olympic debut at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre in Rio in the men’s 3 metre springboard. His selection came after a strong performance at the Australian Open Championships where he was crowned National Champion. In Rio, Nel performed strongly in the preliminary round, finishing 16th on 395.05 points, to make it through to the semi-finals where he finished 15th overall on 368.35 points.

Nel switched from gymnastics to diving when he was nine, after he broke both his hands. He then trained in the school pool in South Africa under their national coach until he moved to Australia.

Mid-way through 2015 he made the move to Adelaide to train at the South Australian Institute of Sport, with National Coach Michel Larouche, as part of his Olympic preparation.

He comes from a strong sporting family, with his mother representing South Africa in gymnastics at the World Championships.

Nel won a bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a bronze and silver at the 2014 Commwealth Games.

Grant spent 4 years at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas on a full Diving Scholarship.

Grant retired from diving in August 2017 after a full shoulder reconstruction


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