Star Diving Club Guildford
Star Diving Club Guildford

Club History

Star Diving Club was formed in 1973 as a collaboration between Wally Clark and Susan Erskine. Wally was chief coach until 1979, then Susan took over until she moved out of the area in 1986.


The club started its life at the sports centre in the heart of Guildford, now replaced by the Odeon cinema, before moving to its current home at Guildford Spectrum.


Brian Mitchell joined the club in the late 1970s when his son learnt to dive, and was persuaded by Wally to train as a diving coach. Brian later took up the mantle of chief coach in the late 1980s. Following him were Arthur Brough and then Andy Hewat.


Over the years the club has developed from primarily teaching safe diving at recreational level to county standard, with the club meeting once a week. However, coaching at a competitive level up to national standard was achieved with a limited number of divers over the early years.


The club had around 50/60 divers for many years, due mainly to the ability to provide coaching and pool time. However, a very brave decision was made in 2009 by the club committee to appoint a full-time head coach, Jo Hewat.


A few years later she was succeeded by her brother, Stephen Hewat. He undertook visiting local schools to identify talented individuals showing an aptitude towards diving. This has resulted in a further group being accommodated within the club structure.


All this has resulted in an expansion of coaching and pool time, allowing the club to provide a variety of training levels from beginners up to county, regional and national standards, with some impressive results.


Nowadays numbers tend to fluctuate between 175 -225 and provide a basis for further development of members' abilities, which is limited to the availability of coaches and pool time.


Our current head coach is Kirsty McMahon, a former diver at the club.


Therefore we continue to promote diving and grow the club as envisioned by Wally and Susan back in 1973.


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