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The pool in Aquanation was opened in August 2015. It has:

  • 3x 1m boards ,
  • 4x 3m boards,
  • Platforms 1,3,5,7.5,10 metre.
  • Water harness for the 3m to assist athletes with more complicated movements.
  • A Bubbling system for all divingboards to reduce water resistance to learn new movements

The pool is a state of the art diving facility and houses our club base in Ringwood. Ringwood is an eastern suburb of Melbourne, located next to the Eastlink. The pool facilities include a competition recording room and a large score board.  The pool is run by the local Maroondah City Council and Ringwood Diving Club is the main user of the diving facilities. Diving Victoria's high performance diving program, the VIS diving Squad and several other diving clubs from Victoria use the facility along side Ringwood Diving Club.

Aquanation is located in Greenwood Ave, Ringwood, Melbourne, Australia


RDC Dryland

The Dryland at Aquanation was opened in December 2015. It is a state of the art facility and the only one in Melbourne. The dryland has:

  • 4 x dryboards to mat.
  • 3 x dryboards to a foam pit
  • 1 x 1 metre platform to a foam pit
  • 1 x 2 metre platform to a foam pit
  • 2 x built in trampolines 
  • 5 x spotting harness
  • 1 x tumbling strip

The Dryland Diving Center was developed and funded by Ringwood Diving Club,  Diving Victoria and Maroondah City Council. Its aim is to provide a safe enviroment for divers to progress and practice their skills in a more controlled enviroment, rather than the pool.

A dryland enables divers to repeat more skills in the same time and to break down individual movements to aim for perfection.

Diving Victoria's high performance diving program,  the VIS diving squad and several other diving clubs from Victoria also use the facility. 

Methodist Ladies College


MLC Diving Pool

The program at Methodist Ladies College is run by the Ringwood Diving Club. The pool isoperated by the school with Ringwood Diving Club running the program for their students and other interested parties.

The pool has:

  • 2 x 1m boards
  • 1 x 3m board
  • 2x Water harness to assist athletes with more complicated movements.

The MLC pool is located at Barkers Road, Kew, Melbourne, Australia


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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