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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pike Position
One of the four positions, the pike position is performed with the knees straight and the body bent at the waist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four Positions for Beginners
Beginner divers need to learn proper tuck position out of the water prior to learning dives. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Judging Scales
High school, college and FINA diving contests employ different judging scales. Why is that?
Understanding Diving - The Basic Elements
Understand the sport of diving by becoming familiar with the basic elements of a dive and diving meets.
Read Coach Woody Franklin's 5 Tips for Beginner...
Five important tips for beginners new to the sport of competitve springboard diving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Gear & Equipment for the Beginner Diver
Equipment to begin diving starts with any type of swimsuit, a shammy, and an athletic bag.
Forward Dive Pike - Step by Step Instructions
Step by step instructions on how to properly execute a forward dive in the pike position from a one-meter springboard.
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.
Diving Tips and Insights
Use these helpful tips to improve your diving.
What is a Bubbler?
What is a bubbler? How a sparging system is used in diving.
Learn to Dive: Lessons for the Beginner to Elite
View these Step-by-step diving turtorials on the way to becoming an Olympic champion.
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.
Coaching Tips
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is Olympic Diving
What is Olympic diving? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
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.
Trampoline Beds
Trampoline beds for diving come in a variety of different types depending on what your needs are.
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.
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.
Back Dive in the Tuck Position - Step by Step...
Step by step instructions on how to properly execute a back dive in the tuck position from a one-meter springboard with proper springboard diving technique.
Dryland Diver Training
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
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.”
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.
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.
Tuck, Pike or Layout?
Many beginners, or divers that lack experience, often ponder the question of what position to put a dive in when competing in a meet - tuck, pike or layout.
Backward Tuck Kickout in Diving
A backward somersault kick-out is an important fundamental element in springboard and platform diving. Use this dryland drill to help make this diving element become second nature.
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.
Grabbing a Flat Hand Provides the Best...
Grab your hands before stretching for the water every time you do a dive, practice a fundamental, or doing anything related to diving. It gives you the best opportunity to rip.
Greg Louganis
SEP 1984: A PORTRAIT OF GREG LOUGANIS OF THE USA. Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy/ALLSPORT Page 21.
What Are the Costs Involved in Diving Lessons?
What are the cost involved when taking diving lessons, or springboard diving instruction for beginners?
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).
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.
Closed Pike Position
Closed pike position is characterized by the diver performing a dive in pike postion - the knees straight and the body bent at the waist, in which the hands touch the toes.
Early History of Olympic Diving
A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
Diving Programs and Time Commitment
Training a springboard and platform diver - Programs and levels of commitment from beginner lessons to elite diving. Find information on requirements and time commitments for the sport of diving.
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.
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.
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.
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?
What Is Proper Pike Position?
Proper pike position requires flexibility and technique, and an understanding of the differences between open and closed pike.
How To Grab A Flathand
Any discussion of a flathand must start with flexibility ! To achieve the best flathand possible and
America Takes Charge
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 3.
Diving Judges Expressions
Divers and judges use a number of expressions in the sport such as BINGO, smack or rip. Here are a few more to add to vocabulary.
Opportunities For The Diver
So you want to be a diver, or just take a diving lesson, compete for your high school team, or shoot for a national championship - opportunities for diving in the United States vary from lessons to elite Olympic competitors. Anyone with interest in the sport of diving has a place in this physically and mentally challenging sport.
Riding the Board
: "Riding the Board" is a term in diving that describes the action of landing on the springboard during
NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving...
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships?
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.
Point Your Toes
Pointing your toes in diving is a critical element in the overall impression of the dive.
Forward Line Up From the Three-meter Springboard
The forward line up is one of the most important diving exercises that a diver can master - it can lead to the classic rip entry.
Olympic Diving Events
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 2.
Balking in Practice
If a diver balks in practice, chances are that it will effect their ability to compete well in a diving meet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Should there be differences in the fulcrum...
Should there be differences in the fulcrum settings for different dives?
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.
What Dive to Use When Competing
Learning new dives is an important aspect of diving. Learning when to use those new dives in competition is equally important. When and where to add a new dive to your diving list is an important part of learning to compete.
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.
How Synchronized Diving is Scored
The rules for scoring synchronized diving can be bit confusing. Use this guideline to better understand the process.
Somersault
A somersault is a movement in which a diver rotates the body on an imaginary horizontal axis the runs through the hips.
What Are Diving Lessons?
What are diving lessons and why are they important.
Profiles - Divers and Coaches
Dr. Ron O’Brien has been an instrumental force in the sport of diving for over 40 years as both a coach and diver, helping to shape the direction of diving in the United States over that period.
What Is A Crow Hop and How Is It Scored
A crow hop is an movement in diving that is illegal in some organizaitons and overlooked in others.
Degree of Difficulty
Definition of the degree of difficulty in the sport of competitive springboard and platform diving.
The Forward Somersault Save in Diving
The somersault save is a technique used by divers on forward spinning, or inward spinning dives to counter the over-rotation of a somersault, assist in the success of a rip entry, and to provide a safety maneuver to reduce the chance of hitting the bottom of the pool.
Backward Save in Diving
With the same goals as a forward somersault save, a backward save is a technique that can be used by divers that are over-rotating on any backward or reverse dives.
Duraflex and Durafirm Equipment Broken Down
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
FINA
FINA is the international governing body for aquatic sports that includes competitive springboard and platform diving.
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.
Arm Position During a Diving Kick Out
Keeping the hands close to the body during a diving kick out will help to control the somersault and lead to a vertical entry.
How Long Will My Diving Board Last?
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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.
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Diving Teams - Success Strategies
The formation of a club team offers a diving coach both additional tools to assist in the development of successful divers, but also a solid foundation on which a successful business can be built.
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.
It's On to Beijing
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 5.
Rip Entry
The entry into the water during a dive, with little or no splash.
Double Bounce
Definition of a double bounce in the sport of competitive springboard diving.
Diver Christina Loukas
Profile of Christina Loukas, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, a nine-time national diving champion and eight-time NCAA ALL-American at Indiana University.
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.
NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving...
How does a diver qualify for the Division II NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships? Page 2.
To Touch or Not To Touch
Divers have the option of doing their dives in open or closed pike position. Which is better and why.
Judging and Viewing Competitive Diving
What is important when judging diving and how help for the spectator who wants to understand why a dive gets a instead of an 8.
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!
The U.S. Loses its Grip
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 4.
Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know...
2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing - information on the diving competition, past and future competitors, the history of diving and the Olympics, and how to get started on your Olympic Dream.
Ankle Flexibiltiy and Jumping
Ankle and foot flexibility are often overlooked in the stretching routine for many divers.
Can a Diver Use a Standing Dive in Competition?
Divers are allowed to compete forward dives from a standing start in USA Diving, AAU, and NCAA competitions, but not in high school. What is the reason behind starting from a standing position.
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.
Diving Begins at A Young Age
From fancy diving at the turn of the century, to today's dynamic and challenging diving competitions, view an illustrated history of diving. Page 8.
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.
Train Everyday Like it is a Meet
If you want to dive in a meet like you do in practice, train like it is a meet every day in practice.
Create a Routine For Diving Practice &...
Creating a routine in diving can help eliminate inside and outside influences and develop consistency at both practice and in competition.
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?
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
Ten Reasons Why Dryland Is Important
Ten reasons why it is a good idea to spend more time on dryland training.
Sitting Forward Line-Up in Pike
Step by step instructions for a sitting forward line-up in pike from the 3-meter springboard.
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?
Free Position
Used exclusively in twisting dives, the free position is a combination of straight, pike, or tuck. At all times during the free position the legs must be together with the toes pointed.
Don't Rock The Board ... Too Much
Rocking the board prior to a back or inward takeoff can help a diver create a rhythm, but too much rocking can get you deductions from the judges.
What is a Legal Twisting Dive?
What constitutes a fail dive when a diver under or over twists on a dive.
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.
Mary Beth Dunnichay
Profile of platform diver Mary Beth Dunnichay - Pan American Games bronze medalist, Junior World Championships Silver Medalist and U.S National Diving Team member.
Columbian Divers Manuela Rios Lemus and Daniela...
Columbian Divers Manuela Rios Lemus and Daniela Garcia compete at the 2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Page 9.
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.
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.
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.
Your High School Diving List
Success in high school diving has as much to do with knowing how a meet will be judged as much as the diving itself.
High School Rule Changes
The NFHS made several rules changes for high school diving that will be effective for the 2011-2012 season. A hop hurdle is officially legal in high school.
Smacks – They Really Aren’t That Bad!
No one like to smack in diving, but it is part of the process to become a better diver.
Backward Takeoff in Diving
Definition of the backward press and takeoff in competitive springboard and platform 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.
Olympic Diving Controversies
Controversies surrounding the diving competition at the Olympic Games.
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?
Judging Scales Used in Diving
Judging scales for scoring diving in high school, college and FINA diving contest.
Olympic Diving Medal Winners
Olympic diving medal winners in springboard, platform and synchronized diving events including multiple gold medal winners and Olympic standouts.
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