Meet the Coaches
We know at DuDive, to make great divers, you first need great coaches. We strongly believe that this starts at the grass roots. Between us, we have over a centuries worth of experience in the sport of diving, and do you know why we do it? Because we love it!
Tom founded DuDive after moving to Dubai in January 2012. After a career as an elite level gymnast he transferred to the sport of diving due to a series of injuries and was quickly persuaded to get involved in teaching the sport. Alongside the diving, Tom launched and ran a Free Running Gymnastics Club in the Rhonda Valley. The Free Running Gymnastics Club was tasked with the main aim of getting young people off the streets and using their talents in a safe environment.
Once taking the decision to move on to his next project in Dubai, he quickly saw the opportunity for the sport of diving at the Hamdan Sports Complex and recognised it as the perfect accompaniment to his work assisting the teaching of elite gymnastics with DuGym. His main goal in life is to provide the best opportunities to everyone in the sports and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Hayley started diving at the age of ten in Hatfield, England, with Olympic diving coach Derek Beaumont. Growing up in Hertford, Hertfordshire, with her Mum, Dad, 2 brothers and sister, she quickly progressed through the diving levels and realised her ability when taking the title of British National Champion in 2002. This success gave Hayley the opportunity to represent Team GB on the junior international circuit at the Junior Europeans and Junior Worlds events.
At the age of nineteen, Hayley made the decision to train professionally at British Diving’s National Performance Centre in Sheffield, under Head Coach Chen Wen. With the move to training as a professional athlete, Hayley spent a number of years on the senior international circuit, competing at numerous Grand Prix’s and World Series events.
In 2006, the hard work paid off, when Hayley won bronze in the Women’s 3 Metre Synchronised Diving event at the Commonwealth Games, Melbourne. Following this success, Hayley achieved her life-long dream of representing Team GB at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Hayley began her coaching career in 2011, and has moved to DuDive following her experience as Performance Diving Coach at Luton Diving Club, England. 2017 was Hayley’s most successful year yet, with her team of divers taking one gold, two silvers and one bronze at the English National Age Groups and two silvers at the National Skills Finals.
Alongside coaching, Hayley is a FINA international diving judge, and has been selected to judge at numerous international meets, including the 2016 World Cup in Rio - the number one qualifying event for the Rio Olympic Games!
Toby came into the sport of diving at the age of thirteen in Edinburgh, Scotland. Within two years of taking up the sport, he picked up his first Scottish senior national title, with a number of others to follow in the coming years. Alongside this, Toby has been involved in the sport of athletics where he achieved more than 10 national titles in events including long jump, triple jump, 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles. With Toby’s success domestically in both sports, he gained the opportunity to represent Scotland in both diving and athletics internationally.
Toby’s decision to leave the sport of diving as an athlete came in 2009 when the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh closed for refurbishment. This allowed him to focus on the coaching aspect of the sport and has allowed him the opportunity to work with all levels of the Scottish Diving programme, from beginner lessons, right through to international and Olympic level athletes.
Over the last eight years of Toby’s coaching career, he has seen his divers collect a number of medals at the Scottish Nationals, English National Age Groups and English National Skills Finals.
Alongside coaching, Toby has an honours degree in Podiatry with additional studies in Sports Injuries and Lower Limb Medicine, which he received from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Graduating in 2014 Toby quickly set up a Multi-Clinic Sports Injury company in Edinburgh, and uses his knowledge of medicine and the human body to incorporate rehab and injury prevention into his coaching.
Sean grew up and began diving in Dublin, Ireland at the age of seven. Sean has claimed a number of Junior Irish national titles and in 2011, at the age of fourteen, he became the youngest ever senior national champion in the history of Irish diving. His success was followed in 2012 with a gold medal in the senior 3m event.
Leaving the competitive side of the sport at sixteen, Sean performed in several diving shows throughout Europe. It was around this time that Sean began shadowing and assisting with classes at his home pool, the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.
Due to injury, Sean stopped diving in 2014, moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, to study Physiotherapy at Queen Margaret University, graduating with an Honours degree in August 2018. Having spent his time as a student working as a sports therapist with various sports clubs and gyms, Sean has gained experience working with athletes of all abilities, from recreational through to international and Olympic level athletes.
While in Scotland Sean qualified as a level one and level two coach, and began working with Edinburgh diving club alongside fellow DuDive coach Toby Harris. During his time at Edinburgh Diving Club, Sean took a lead role in coaching some of the club’s squads, as well as having heavy involvement in the clubs Learn-to-Dive and pre-school programme.
Diving lessons run throughout the week. Lessons introduce children to basic diving skills.
Lessons work towards termly assessments. The goal, to prepare all divers for national level competitions!
PAY N PLAY
Pay N Play runs every Thursday from 5.45 - 6.45. Pay N Play is a great chance to play on the boards with expert guidance.
No need to register; just turn up, pay, and you can play!
DuDive runs the only diving holiday camps in Dubai. Our childrens holiday camps run throughout all school holidays.
The DuDive holiday camps provide a great introduction to diving. The camps run for 2 and 5 hours, Sunday to Thursday.
DuDive offers classes for children age 3 and up!
Tumble-Tots classes are gym based lessons that introduce children to shapes, movements and skills for basic diving.