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Get Started in Competitive Diving

Have you ever seen a diving meet in person or on television and wondered how someone learns something as crazy as a back 1½ with 3½ twists! They had to start somewhere and here you can find information about the sport of diving, how to become involved, and guidelines on how to find diving coaches and diving teams.
  1. Basics of Diving (7)
  2. Diving Equipment (5)
  3. For Beginning Divers (8)

Diving Competitions
Most individuals learn to dive with a goal in mind, and that goal is competition. So what types of competitions are available for beginner to advanced divers.

Springboard and Platform Diving Camps
Summer diving camps can be a benefit to many divers, but don’t make the decision to attend one on the spur of the moment. Consider your choices. Not all camps are the same.

Last Step of A Forward Approach in Diving
The last step in a forward approach and hurdle in diving should be longer than the others, but how long?

Why Use Line-Ups in Training?
Practicing line-ups are crucial to a diver being able to get into the water without a splash.

Voice Your Opinion
Voice your opinion or tell your story about these diving topics. Everybody has a story and yours needs to be heard!

Proper Tuck Position
An important point to remember in tuck position is that the diver should grab the shins, not the knees. Grabbing the knees is easier, but it could spell disaster!

The Three D's of Diving
Desire, dedication and discipline all play an important role in the development of an athlete. In diving, you can call these the “Three D’s of Diving.”

Where and When to Ask For a Call
Calling a diver out of a dive is important practice used by coaches. Use it too much though, and a diver will begin to rely on the call and when it’s time to compete, this can cause complications.

Learn to Do Better Twisting Dives
While the focus of twisting dives is the twist, the real meat and potatoes of the dive is the somersault.

Six Tips For Balance and Height During a Hurdle
You can't do a good dive without a good hurdle. Here are some key tips to help improve this aspect of the forward approach.

Use Tape to Help Your Hurdle
Using a piece of tape on the diving board during practice can help a diver develop a consistent front approach and hurdle in springboard diving.

Which Knee to Use in a Hurdle in Diving?
When doing a forward approach and hurdle on springboard, which knee should the diver use?

What is the Proper Hurdle Position in Diving?
When doing a forward approach and hurdle on springboard, where should the knee and hurdle leg be in relation to the rest of the body?

Grabbing a Flat Hand Provides the Best Opportunity for a Rip
Always practice grabbing your hands before stretching for the water every time you do a dive or practice a fundamental.

Twisters and Fail Dives
The twisting round always makes judges squirm in their seats. So here are tips on how to avoid fail dives on twisters.

Land on Your Hands, Not Your Feet
If you want to rip dives on a consistent basis, set a goal of having all your dives enter the water head first.

How Many Steps Should a Diver Take in a Forward Approach?
A forward approach and take-off in diving is as unique as a divers' personality. Figure out what is best for you by experimenting with different types of take-offs.

Should there be differences in the fulcrum settings for different dives?
Should a diver use a different fulcrum setting when doing a forward dive pike as opposed to forward 3 1/2 pike? Or a back dive pike?

Important Lessons To Learn from the Olympics
Five important lessons to be learned from Olympic diving competitions. These lessons apply to each and every diver, regardless of whether you are a part-time summer club diver, an elite junior, or a senior national qualifier.

Water Depth and Safe Diving
Every time a diver steps on the board, he or she should know the depth of the water in order to ensure a safe diving environment.

Where to Start Your Forward Approach
Beginner divers always seem to have a problem finding the right place to stand when starting a dive. Mark your spot on the diving board so that you each time you dive, the approach and hurdle is consistent.

Parents Dos and Don'ts
There are many factors that determine the success of a diver. One factor that should always be a benefit is the way parents conduct themselves, and how they react with their child. Here is a list of dos and don’ts that will help parents give a beginner or an advanced diver an advantage each time they head to the pool.

Three Safety Rules for a Diver
The sport of diving has an exemplary record when it comes to safety. Why is this? Divers and coaches have placed a premium on safety! Each time a competitive diver steps onto a springboard during practice he or she should follow three simple rules.

Springboard Diving Basics - Dives in Tuck
Competitive springboard divers should learn dives in tuck position before advancing to pike or layout position. Dives in tuck position teach solid fundamentals that a springboard or platform diver needs to master in order to learn and compete harder dives.

USA Diving - The National Governing Body for the Sport of Diving
USA Diving is the national governing body for the sport of diving, offering diversified programs geared toward the broadest number of diving enthusiasts. USA Diving conducts approximately 40 regional and national events annually and is responsible for training and selecting teams that represent the United States at international events such as the Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup.

Amateur Athletic Union Youth Diving Program
The AAU Youth Diving Program offers affordable opportunities for participation in grassroots programs as well as national events such as the AAU Junior Olympic Games. As one of the original sports included in the first AAU Junior Olympic Games over 35 years ago, AAU Diving continues to provide divers a quality experience at the largest, national, multi-sports event for youth in the country.

Find a USA Diving Club Team
Find an established diving club in your area using USA Diving's club search tool.

U.S. Masters Diving
Diving in not only for the young, but also for the young at heart. Contains resources and advice for those wishing to be a masters diver.

Diving Meet Requirements
In all diving contests divers are required to perform a specified number of dives from which a winner is determined. These requirements are made up of two types of dives – voluntary dives and optional dives. The combination of these dives make up what is known as a diver’s list.

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