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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Judging Scales
High school, college and FINA diving contests employ different judging scales. Why is that?
NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving...
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships?
Read Coach Woody Franklin's 5 Tips for Beginner...
Five important tips for beginners new to the sport of competitve springboard diving.
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.
Gear & Equipment for the Beginner Diver
Equipment to begin diving starts with any type of swimsuit, a shammy, and an athletic bag.
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.
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.
Diving Tips and Insights
Use these helpful tips to improve your 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
What is Olympic Diving
What is Olympic diving? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
Understanding Diving - The Basic Elements
Understand the sport of diving by becoming familiar with the basic elements of a dive and diving meets.
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.
Coaching Tips
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
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.
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.
Four Positions for Beginners
Beginner divers need to learn proper tuck position out of the water prior to learning dives. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
How Synchronized Diving is Scored
The rules for scoring synchronized diving can be bit confusing. Use this guideline to better understand the process.
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.
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.
Backward Tuck Kickout in Diving
Once the diver has kicked during a backward somersault kick-out drill, the diver will move to the stretching position by sliding their hands toward their head. Page 4.
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?
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.
Why Did My Diving All-American Application Get...
Common errors are the biggest reason why applications for High School Diving All-American get rejected.
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 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.
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.
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).
NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving...
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships? Page 3.
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.
NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving...
How does a diver qualify for the Division II NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships? Page 2.
Judging Scales Used in Diving
Judging scales for scoring diving in high school, college and FINA diving contest.
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.
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.
What Are Diving Lessons?
What are diving lessons and why are they important.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hitting the Board – What is the Rule and...
Judges need to the be aware of the rule and penalties that occur when a diver hits the board, especially the difference between FINA and High School rules.
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.
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.
Ten Reasons Why Dryland Is Important
Ten reasons why it is a good idea to spend more time on dryland training.
Duraflex and Durafirm Equipment Broken Down
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
What Are the Costs Involved in Diving Lessons?
What are the cost involved when taking diving lessons, or springboard diving instruction for beginners?
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.
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.
What is a Bubbler?
What is a bubbler? How a sparging system is used in diving.
Dryland Diver Training
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
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.
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.
Seven Important Tips to Consider During College...
Any diver or athlete can help move the recruiting process in the right direction. Here are seven important aspects to consider.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is a Legal Twisting Dive?
What constitutes a fail dive when a diver under or over twists on a dive.
Maxiflex Cheeseboard and 16-foot Duraflex...
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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.
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.
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.”
NCAA Division I Zone Diving Competition
What exactly is the NCAA Division I Zone diving and what school goes where?
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.
Early History of Olympic Diving
A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
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.
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.
The U.S. Loses its Grip
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 4.
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.
Dryland and Water Spotting
In the sport of diving, what is spotting and what type of equipment is used?
How to Earn Extra Points in a Diving Meet
Diving meets are often decided by less than a point. Here are a few tips to squeeze an extra 1/2 point from the judges.
U.S. Diver Brittany Viola
Images from Day 1 of the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale. Page 8.
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.
A Balk in Diving
Definition of a balk in springboard and platform diving.
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.
What is Your Potential as a Diver?
Comparing scores in diving can help a competitor track progress from meet to meet.
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.
Trampoline Jumps
Learning to do simple, repeated jumps on a trampoline can help improve balance and control in the hurdle.
Where Are Your Favorite Divers Now?
Find out what these U.S. Olympic divers have been doing since retiring from competition.
Back Dive in the Tuck Position - Step by Step...
Springboard diving technique - the line-up for a head first water entry during a back dive tuck from the one-meter springboard. Page 8.
Degree of Difficulty
Definition of the degree of difficulty in the sport of competitive springboard and platform diving.
How To Grab A Flathand
Grabbing the hands is an important technique when executing and flathand in springboard and platform diving. Page 5.
Your Road to the Olympic Team - How to Become...
Find information on the steps needed to become an Olympic diver.
Twisters and Fail Dives
How to avoid fail dives during the twisting round in diving.
U.S. Diver Christina Loukas
Images from Day 1 of the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale. Page 9.
Diving and the College Recruiting Process
As a diver involed in the college recruiting process, be prepared to ask the right questions of the diving coach or recruiting coordinator.
Olympic Diving Events
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 2.
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. Page 3.
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.
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?
Trampoline Beds
Trampoline beds for diving come in a variety of different types depending on what your needs are.
Should there be differences in the fulcrum...
Should there be differences in the fulcrum settings for different dives?
Russian Diver Igor Myalin
Photos from Day 3 at the 2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Page 13.
Don’t Judge What You Can’t See
Judging competitive diving involves determining a score for the dive the judges see, not what they think they saw.
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.
U.S. Diver Callan Buck
Photos from Day 3 at the 2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Page 11.
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.
Austrian Diver
Photos from Day 3 at the 2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Page 12.
U.S. Diver Kaylea Arnett
Photos from Day 3 at the 2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Page 10.
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!
Diver Abby Johnston
Profile of U.S. National Diving Team member Abby Johnston, a member of the 2011 World Championships and 2012 World Cup teams.
Entry
Definition of the entry into the water in the sport of diving.
FINA
FINA is the international governing body for aquatic sports that includes competitive springboard and platform diving.
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.
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.
Troy Dumais
Profile of diver Troy Dumais, a member of the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Diving Team.
Katie Bell
Profile of individual and synchronized diving national champion Katie Bell, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Diving Team.
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.
Rip Entry
The entry into the water during a dive, with little or no splash.
Kelci Bryant
Profile of diver Kelci Bryant, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and National Springboard Diving Champion.
Greatest Moments in Olympic Diving
The biggest upsets, greatest finishes and dominant performances in Olympic diving competition.
Canadian Diver Vincent Riendeau
Photos from Day 3 at the 2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Page 16.
British Diver Jack Laugher
Photos from Day 3 at the 2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Page 14.
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.
Collegiate Diving Home
College swimming and diving results, recruiting tips and information about the NCAA.
Greg Louganis
Greg Louganis performs a forward hurdle during the springboard competition at the 1988 Seoul Olympics on September 20. Page 3.
Choose Your Come-Out
Mid-line and lateral come-outs are used in diving to stop the somersault so that a diver can properly line-up for the entry. Each are different, but accomplish the same goal.
Learn to Dive: Lessons for the Beginner to Elite
View these Step-by-step diving turtorials on the way to becoming an Olympic champion.
Balking in Practice
If a diver balks in practice, chances are that it will effect their ability to compete well in a diving meet.
Use Tape to Help Your Hurdle
Using a piece of tape during practice can help a diver develop a consistent front approach and hurdle in springboard diving.
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.
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?
America Takes Charge
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 3.
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.
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!
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.
David Bonuchi
Profile of diver David Bonuchi, a member of the U.S. National Diving Team, Junior Pan American Games champion and NCAA All American.

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