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6 Types of Springboard and Platform Diving
Six types of dives and used in springboard and platform diving. Four of these types involve rotating, or somersaulting in relation to the diving board or platform. A fifth type involves adding twists to a dive, and the sixth uses an armstand to begin dives from the platform.
FINA’s New Degree of Difficulty Table
With the new FINA Degree of Difficulty Table, having a diving list include optionals dives with a D.D. of 3.0 or above may become common place.
3 Things You Should Know Before Your Kid Starts...
Guidelines to follow before becoming involved in springboard diving and how to gind the the right diving coach and youth diving team to ensure a positive and safe experience.
The Basics of Judging and Scoring a Diving Meet
Judging a springboard or platform diving contest begins with an understanding of the scoring system and the five basic elements of a dive: The Starting Position, The Approach, The Take-Off, The Flight, and The Entry.
The Four Positions In Diving
During the flight of a dive, the body of the diver must be held in one of four positions: tuck, pike, straight, and free.
Coaching and Feedback
Coaching diving involves what types of feedback a diver should receive in order to improve their ability to dive, and ultimately, their performance.
Learn the Rules of Olympic Diving
Review many of the more important rules that will govern the diving competition in the Olympic Games. These rules are dictated by FINA, the international governing body for the aquatics.
Angular Momentum
Angular momentum is a physical principle that is used to describe why a diver can change the speed of their somersault or twist while spinning or twisting.
Learning Proper Body Position in Beginner Diving
Body posture is an important diving technique to be mastered by both beginners and elite divers. This fundamental building block leads to correct body position in dives, allowing a diver to advance to harder dives used in diving competition.
Pike Position
One of the four positions, the pike position is performed with the knees straight and the body bent at the waist.
Water Depth and Safe Diving
Every time a diver steps on the board, he or she should know the depth of the water (FINA specifications) in order to ensure a safe diving environment.
Diving Board Problems
Do you know how to recognize and fix problems that might occur with your Duraflex springboard? The sport of diving requires a diving board, so take care of your springboard by checking on these five troublesome areas.
What Types of Dives are Required at a Meet?
In all high school, and junior and senior level 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 the dives make up what is known as a divers list.
Dive Numbers and The Written Description
Dives used in competition are described using two methods: a written description, or numerical identification known as a dive number. Depending on the nature of the competition, both may used on a diving sheet.
How to Create a Rip Entry in Diving
A rip entry in springboard and platform diving is a key element needed for successful completion of a dive. Three important parts of a rip are the flat hand, arm position, and body alignment.
Anatomy of a Duraflex Diving Board
Duraflex diving boards are the standard for use in the world of competitive diving. What makes these products so superior, that they are the only products used in competitive diving?
Six Uses for an Old Diving Board
Do you have an old diving board that is just laying around? Here are six uses for that old springboard.
Shammys and Divers
A shammy or Sammy or aqua towel, has long been used by divers who need a quick reliable way to dry off between dives. But it is really more than that. It can become an extension of a diver's personality.
Take Care of Your Sammy
Shammys are important in the world of diving, so follow this advice to keep yours working well for season after season.
Backward Tuck Kickout in Diving
The kick is a simple, but very important motion that will slow the rotation of a somersault. A kick in
Six Important Aspects of High School Diving
High school diving can be a challenge, especially with less experienced divers and a short season. Here are six important points that will help divers prepare.
Calculating Degree of Difficulty for Dives
Dives in springboard and platform diving are ranked according to the degree of difficulty of each dive, determined using a formula based on elements in each dive. This degree of difficulty is used in the calculation of diving scores.
Concussions in Diving
While concussions do not occur that often in diving, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and what to do if you suspect that a diver has sustained one.
Trampoline Beds
Trampoline beds for diving come in a variety of different types depending on what your needs are.
Four Positions for Beginner Divers
Beginner divers need to learn four basic positions - straight, tuck, open pike and closed pike, out of the water prior to learning dives.
What is this A or B Age Group?
In age group diving, each age group is denoted by a letter or range of ages depending on whether you are competing in the U.S. or internationally.
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.
Create the Perfect Body for Diving
Not everyone has the perfect body for diving. In fact, there's no such thing as a perfect body type. Everyone has their quirks. Here are three areas though that everyone can work on to become a better diver.
Pools, New Boards and FINA
FINA pool standards were developed with safety in mind, and you cannot buy a new Duraflex springboard unless your facility can meet those specifications.
Read Coach Woody Franklin's 5 Tips for Beginner...
Five important tips for beginners new to the sport of competitve springboard diving.
Maxiflex Cheeseboard and 16-foot Duraflex...
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Voluntary Dives
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.
Fulcrum
The fulcrum is a moveable wheel that sits underneath the mid-point of a diving board, allowing a diver to adjust the amount of spring they receive.
What Events Are There In Diving?
In competitive diving, there are five events that can be broken down by individual or team, levels (one-meter, three-meter, platform), and surface (springboard or platform).
Advantages of Dryland Training in Springboard...
Dryland training for springboard and platform diving is a vital ingredient for success in the sport of diving today and the use of trampolines or adryland diving board allows the diver to practice a dive in a safe and efficient manner.
Choosing a Wrist Support
Choosing a wrist grip basically comes down to personal preference, and the best way to go about choosing a wrist grip is to test the two major types - Donjoy and Tiger Paw.
Coaching Tips
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
Tower
The tower is the diving platform structure that can hold as many as five levels: one-meter, three-meter, five-meter, 7.5-meter, and 10-meter heights.
How to Enhance Your Divers Training
Dryland diving equipment can help a diving program and diving coach expand and enhance the ability to develop successful divers.
Dryland Diver Training
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
Diving Tips and Insights
Use these helpful tips to improve your diving.
Forward Dive Pike - Step by Step Instructions
Coming out of the pike position and preparing for entry into the water during a forward dive in the pike position from a one-meter springboard. Page 6.
Gear & Equipment for the Beginner Diver
Equipment to begin diving starts with any type of swimsuit, a shammy, and an athletic bag.
What is a Bubbler?
What is a bubbler? How a sparging system is used in diving.
How Many Steps Should a Diver Take in a Forward...
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 diverent types of take-offs.
Trampoline Jumps
Learning to do simple, repeated jumps on a trampoline can help improve balance and control in the hurdle.
Your Road to the Olympic Team - How to Become...
Find information on the steps needed to become an Olympic diver.
Why A Diver Should Stretch
Stretching is an important element of any divers’ training. Stretching before a workout or competition will help in injury prevention and assist in warm-up. Stretching after a workout or competition can help to increase flexibility and decrease muscle soreness.
What is Olympic Diving
What is Olympic diving? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
Care and Storage of an Outdoor Springboard
Prolong the life of your valuable diving board by following these simple tips before storing the board for the winter.
How Synchronized Diving is Scored
The rules for scoring synchronized diving can be bit confusing. Use this guideline to better understand the process.
Duraflex and Durafirm Equipment Broken Down
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
Understanding Diving - The Basic Elements
Understand the sport of diving by becoming familiar with the basic elements of a dive and diving meets.
How Long Will My Diving Board Last?
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Your Quick Primer on Diving Great Greg Louganis
Considered the greatest diver of all time, Greg Louganis won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform.
Female Olympic Diving Medal Winners
Women who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform diving.
Proper Tuck Position
Make sure to always grab in tuck in the middle of the shin. If it's not a habit, you might not like the result!
Judging Scales
High school, college and FINA diving contests employ different judging scales. Why is that?
Leaving the Springboard or Platform
The forward approach and back press are diving's most important elements. If a diver cannot leave the springboard or platform properly, the rest of the dive is going to prove much more difficult to accomplish.
Hop Drill in Springboard Diving
Using a hop drill in springboard diving is one method to improve the armswing and timing of a forward approach and hurdle. Page 2.
FINA
FINA is the international governing body for aquatic sports that includes competitive springboard and platform diving.
Wrist Grips in Diving
Wrist grips, or wrist wraps are used by many divers to alleviate the constant pounding that occurs when a diver hits the water.
Ray Rude - Founder of the Duraflex Internationa...
Ray Rude developed the Duraflex diving board and the Durafirm diving stand. His products revolutionized the sport of diving and are the only equipment used in Olympic and world championship diving competitions.
Early History of Olympic Diving
A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
Diving Video - Best Practices
Use these practices and guidelines to create a diving video a DVD for submission to a college coach or for High School All American. Page 2.
Degree of Difficulty
Definition of the degree of difficulty in the sport of competitive springboard and platform diving.
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Sammy Lee
Sammy Lee was the first diver to win two gold medals in the Olympic platform diving event, and the coach of Olympic medalists Pat McCormick, Greg Louganis, and Bob Webster. He is a member of both the USOC Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Using a Bubbler in Diver Training
While an incredibly effective tool for learning new dives, a bubbler is not a magic wand. Make sure you
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.”
Back Dive in the Tuck Position - Step by Step...
The starting position and backward press of a springboard diver in a back dive tuck from the one-meter springboard. Page 2.
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.
Men's Olympic Platform Diving Medal Winners
The gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the men's platform diving competition in the Summer Olympic Games.
The Amateur Athletic Union and USA Diving
The AAU and USA Diving coexist as two governing bodies in the sport of competitive springboard and platform diving.
Which Knee to Use in the Forward Approach and...
When doing a forward approach and hurdle on springboard, which knee should the diver use?
What Is Proper Pike Position?
Proper pike position requires flexibility and technique, and an understanding of the differences between open and closed pike.
Six Tips to Consider When Training a Diver
Here are six tips that even the most experienced diving coach should consider during a training session or practice.
What is a “Cheeseboard” Diving Board?
The “Cheeseboard” is a common reference for the Modified Maxiflex Model-B aluminum springboard diving board manufactured by Duraflex International. The Model-B is the de facto standard for competitive aquatic diving facilities.
Ten Reasons Why Dryland Is Important
Ten reasons why it is a good idea to spend more time on dryland training.
Men's Olympic Springboard Diving Medal Winners
The gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the men's springboard diving competition in the Summer Olympic Games.
Learn to Dive: Lessons for the Beginner to Elite
View these Step-by-step diving turtorials on the way to becoming an Olympic champion.
Too Much Time on the Board
Should spending too much time on the board during a diving contest be a penalty or not?
Lesson Programs Verses Elite Divers
Creating a successful diving team requires a coach to manage a large group of young athletes, and to have a eye for the big picture. Here are a few ideas that can help a coach better manage the varying degrees of talent within a diving team.
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.
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.
Four Positions for Beginners
Beginner divers need to learn proper tuck position out of the water prior to learning dives. Page 2.
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?
Judging Competitive Diving
The overall impression of a dive should be a major factor each diving judge considers when determining what score to award during a competition.
Three Safey Rules for the Diver
Each time a competitive diver steps onto a springboard during practice, they should follow three simple rules to ensure the safety of themselves and their teammates.
Bronze Medalists Paola Espinosa and Tatiana Ortiz
Images from the women's synchronized platform competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 7.
Choosing High School All-Americans in Diving
Filming and editing a high school diving performance can have a direct effect upon a diver’s selection as a High School All American.
Why Did My Diving All-American Application Get...
Common errors are the biggest reason why applications for High School Diving All-American get rejected.
Approach in Diving
The movements of a diver as they move from the starting position to the takeoff. The approach is one of the five elements of a dive that must be considered when judging competitive diving.
Takeoff in Diving
The takeoff in diving is the technique and elevation a diver achieves prior to executing a dive, and is one of the five key elements a judge considers before assigning a score.
Top American Olympic Divers
The U.S. will bring a young but talented group of divers to Beijing. After being shut out in 2004, this group combined with veterans Troy Dumais and Laura Wilkinson will look to put the U.S. back on the medal stand.
What Are the Costs Involved in Diving Lessons?
What are the cost involved when taking diving lessons, or springboard diving instruction for beginners?
FINA Age Group Designation
If you compete internationally in age group diving, the rules are governed by FINA and each age group is denoted by a letter or range of ages. Page 2.
What Are Diving Lessons?
What are diving lessons and why are they important.
Diving Competitions
Divers at all levels and abilities have the opportunity to compete, and demonstrate the skills that they have worked long and hard to perfect.
Optional Dives
Optional dives in competitive diving are the harder and more impressive dives performed in a divers list of dives. When the optional dives are combined with the required voluntary dives, the result is a list of dives that a diver must perform in a particular diving meet or contest.
Steve Foley Named to USA Diving Staff
Steve Foley was recently named USA Diving High Performance Director. Here are some of his ideas for the future!
Double Bounce
Definition of a double bounce in the sport of competitive springboard diving.
Loudy Tourky
Photos and images from past women's Olympic platform diving competition. Page 6.
Winterize Your Diving Equipment
If you have diving equipment and it is not used in the winter, don't make the mistake of leaving it to the harsh winter elements.
Is That Dive Too Close
Safety is always a concern, but many times a dive that appears too close to the board is not always as bad as it seems.
Junior World Diving Championships Results
2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships results and photos.
Training Inside and Out
Diving meets are held at both indoor and outdoor facilities, and they each offer different challenges. To better prepare for these different competiton sites, make a point of training at both.
Grease The Fulcrum
By applying grease to a fulcrum, a coach can prolong the life of their equipment, make their divers move faster, and make practice less more efficient.
The Four Parts of a Kickout
Kicking out of a back or reverse dive or somersault involves four distinct parts that must occur in a particular order.
Fu Mingxia
Photos and images from past women's Olympic springboard diving competition. Page 5.
What Type of Rope Should You Use in Spotting?
Important characteristics of spotting rope.
Riding the Board
: "Riding the Board" is a term in diving that describes the action of landing on the springboard during
Dryland and Water Spotting
In the sport of diving, what is spotting and what type of equipment is used?
Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults With One Twist
If you want to increase your D.D. in diving, then consider learning a forward 2 ½ somersaults with one twist, commonly known as a full out or full in.
Sara Hildebrand
Photos and images from past women's Olympic platform diving competition. Page 5.
Hurdle
The hurdle is the last movement of a diver prior to the takeoff from the diving board.
Standing Forward Dive Pike From the 3-meter...
The forward dive pike from a standing start is a fundamental drill that all divers should practice whether they be a beginner or seasoned veteran.
How To Grab A Flathand
Grabbing the hands is an important technique when executing and flathand in springboard and platform diving. Page 5.
Ankle Flexibiltiy and Jumping
Ankle and foot flexibility are often overlooked in the stretching routine for many divers.
Classic Forward Approach and Hurdle
The classic forward approach and hurdle in diving consists of between three to five steps and a hurdle.
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 in springboard diving.
Open Pike Position
Open pike position in diving is characterized by straight knees and with the body bent at the waist, but the hands do not touch the toes.
Should there be differences in the fulcrum...
Should there be differences in the fulcrum settings for different dives?
Important Trampoline Rules to Follow
Trampolines are a important piece of equipment used in diver training, but make sure you follow these five important rules when using a tramp!
Haley Allen
Photos and images from past women's Olympic platform diving competition. Page 7.
Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion
Images from the women's synchronized platform competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 9.
Kelly McCormick of the 1984 and 1988 Summer...
Where is Olympic gold medalist Kelly McCormick?
Eight Reasons to Use Skill Progressions in Diving
Learning and practicing dives should be based on fundamental building blocks or skills, learned in a series of progressions. Here are eight reasons why.
Armstand Dives in Platform Diving
Definition of the armstand dives in platform diving.
Why Would A Diver Get A Fail Dive?
When a diver receives a fail dive during a competition, they earn zero points. But why might a diver get a zero?
Lao Lishi and Li Ting
Photos and images from past women's Olympic synchronized platform diving competition. . Page 2.
Laura Wilkinson
Photos and images from past women's Olympic platform diving competition. Page 2.
Point Your Toes
Pointing your toes in diving is a critical element in the overall impression of the dive.
Olympic Diving Controversies
Controversies surrounding the diving competition at the Olympic Games.
Diving and the Olympic Games
Find information on divers, diving competition, judging and scoring for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as China will once again be the team to beat in Beijing.
Greatest Moments in Olympic Diving
The biggest upsets, greatest finishes and dominant performances in Olympic diving competition.
Men's USA Diving National Team
How does a diver make the USA Diving National Team and who is currently on the men's team?
Kum Hui Choe and Un Hyang Kim
Images from the women's synchronized platform competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 14.
What the Judges Don't See - Part II
Images from the final round of the men's springboard diving competition of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 14.
Takiri Miyazaki
Photos and images from past women's Olympic platform diving competition. Page 3.
Olympic Diving Events
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 2.
Learning 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.
Is a 10 a Perfect Dive?
Excellent and exceptional dives many times receive scores of 10. So is the dive excellent and exceptional, or perfect?
Steele Johnson
Profile of Steele Johnson, a USA Diving National Team member, Junior Pan American Games gold medalist and ten-time junior national champion.
What Every Diver Should Learn from the Beijing...
Five important lessons to be learned from the 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.
Michele Mitchell
Photos and images from past women's Olympic platform diving competition. Page 4.
Forward Line-Up From a 1-meter Springboard
The forward line-up in diving from a 1-meter springboard is a great way to introduce the proper techniques used in diving to enter the water without going over or short of vertical and at the same time producing little or no splash.
Silver Medalists Briony Cole and Melissa Wu
Images from the women's synchronized platform competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 8.
Chantelle Newberry
Photos and images from past women's Olympic platform diving competition. Page 8.
How to Structure Your Diving List in Competiton
Knowing what order to list your dives in competition is as easy as paying attention to your personality and how you are training.
Entry
Definition of the entry into the water in the sport of diving.

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