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Diving: Most Popular Articles

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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.
Types of Dives used in Springboard and Platform...
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.
Springboard Diving - Where to Begin
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.
Judging and Scoring a Diving Meet - The Basics
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.
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.
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.
JJ Kinzbach
Profile of diver JJ Kinzbach. Diving.
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.
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.
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.
Meet Requirements - A Diver's List of Dives
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.
Olympic Diving Rules, Requirements and Judging
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.
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.
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.
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.
Profiles - Divers and Coaches
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.
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 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.
Woody's Five Tips for Beginner Divers
Five important tips for beginners new to the sport of competitve springboard diving.
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.
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.
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.
Duraflex and Durafirm Equipment Broken Down
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pike Position
One of the four positions, the pike position is performed with the knees straight and the body bent at the waist.
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.
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?
Early History of Olympic Diving
A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
Troy Dumais
Profile of diver Troy Dumais, a member of the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Diving Team.
Women's USA Diving National Team
How does a diver make the USA Diving National Team and who is currently on the Team?
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.”
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.
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.
Trampoline Jumps
Learning to do simple, repeated jumps on a trampoline can help improve balance and control in the hurdle.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
Ankle Flexibiltiy and Jumping
Ankle and foot flexibility are often overlooked in the stretching routine for many divers.
What is Olympic Diving
What is Olympic diving? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
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Greg Louganis
1987: USA DIVER GREG LOUGANIS ENJOYS A RARE RELAXING MOMENT DURING THE 1987 U.S. NATIONAL DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS. Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy/ALLSPORT Page 20.
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.
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.
Diving Tips and Insights
Use these helpful tips to improve your 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.
How Long Will My Diving Board Last?
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Classic Forward Approach and Hurdle
The classic forward approach and hurdle in diving consists of between three to five steps and a hurdle.
Guo Jingjing
Images from the women's preliminary springboard competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 2.
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.
What is a Bubbler?
What is a bubbler? How a sparging system is used in diving.
Sharleen Stratton
Images from the women's preliminary springboard competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Hurdle
The hurdle is the last movement of a diver prior to the takeoff from the diving board.
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.
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.
The Pan American Games
A multi-sport international competition, the Pan American Games are contested in the year prior to the Olympic Games.
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.
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.
Dryland and Water Spotting
In the sport of diving, what is spotting and what type of equipment is used?
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.
Olympic Diving Events
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 2.
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.
Wu and He Win First Gold in Diving - U.S. Second
Results from the women’s synchronized springboard competition at the 2012 Sumer Olympic Games in Beijing.
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?
Four Positions for Beginners
Beginner divers need to learn proper tuck position out of the water prior to learning dives. Page 2.
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.
Female Olympic Diving Medal Winners
Women who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform diving.
Women's Olympic Springboard Diving Medal Winners
The gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the women's springboard diving competition in the Summer Olympic Games.
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.
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.
Point Your Toes
Pointing your toes in diving is a critical element in the overall impression of the dive.
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?
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.
London Aquatic Centre
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 16: A general view of the diving pool at the aquatics centre during previews ahead of the London Olympic Games at Olympic Park on July 16, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images). Page 4.
Dryland Diver Training
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
Too Much Time on the Board
Should spending too much time on the board during a diving contest be a penalty or not? Page 2.
The Forward Approach in Diving
Definition of the forward approach in springboard and platform diving.
NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships?
Your Road to the Olympic Team - How to Become...
Find information on the steps needed to become an Olympic diver.
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.
Goal Setting Helps the Diver Move From...
Goal setting is an important aspect of achievement in the sport of diving, as it is in any other sport, and in life.
Greatest Moments in Olympic Diving
The biggest upsets, greatest finishes and dominant performances in Olympic diving competition.
What Are the Costs Involved in Diving Lessons?
What are the cost involved when taking diving lessons, or springboard diving instruction for beginners?
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.
What Is Proper Pike Position?
Proper pike position requires flexibility and technique, and an understanding of the differences between open and closed pike.
The Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games held two years prior to the Olympic Games, and included many of the world's most accomplished divers including Olympic medalists. Participants come from countries in the Commonwealth of Nations.
Women's Olympic Platform Medal Winners
The gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the women's platform diving competition in the Summer Olympic Games.
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.
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.
Diver Anna James
Profile of United States National Diving Team member Anna James, a member of the 2011 World Championship team.
What Is A Split Tuck
A split tuck is not necessarily a bad thing in diving, it's just how it is used that can make it detract from the overall impression of the dive.
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 a 10 a Perfect Dive?
Excellent and exceptional dives many times receive scores of 10. So is the dive excellent and exceptional, or perfect?
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.
Which Knee to Use in the Forward Approach and...
When doing a forward approach and hurdle on springboard, which knee should the diver use?
Coaching Tips
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
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.
What Type of Rope Should You Use in Spotting?
Important characteristics of spotting rope.
Fu Mingxia
Photos and images from past women's Olympic springboard diving competition. Page 5.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Jorge Betancourt Garcia and Erick Alvarez
Photos and images from the men's Olympic synchronized springboard diving competition. Page 5.
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.
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.
How to Run A Successful Diving Program
Build a successful diving program around these six fundamental practices and achieve the goal of producing successful divers in a safe and positive environment, while at the same time running a successful and growing business.
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.
The Funny Faces of Diving
Diving isn't always serious. Check out these humorous diving photos from the most accomplished divers in the world!
Ten Reasons Why Dryland Is Important
Ten reasons why it is a good idea to spend more time on dryland training.
Olympic Diving Medal Winners
Olympic diving medal winners in springboard, platform and synchronized diving events including multiple gold medal winners and Olympic standouts.
Junior World Diving Championships Results
2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships results and photos.
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!
Ballet Training in Diving
Ballet and dance training can help develop important attributes needed to be successful in diving, such as timing, balance, form and flexibility.
FINA
FINA is the international governing body for aquatic sports that includes competitive 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!
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?
Kelci Bryant
Profile of diver Kelci Bryant, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and National Springboard Diving Champion.
Australian Olympic Gold Medalist Chantelle...
Australian diver Chantelle Newbery will not return to Beijing to defend her gold medal on platform, instead she will try to add a gold on 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.
Divers Must Begin Training at a Young Age to...
Divers must begin training at a young age in the competitive world of atheltics.
Where Are Your Favorite Divers Now?
Find out what these U.S. Olympic divers have been doing since retiring from competition.
Riding the Board
: "Riding the Board" is a term in diving that describes the action of landing on the springboard during
Tatiana Ortiz
Images from the women's prelim platform competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 11.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Balking in Practice
If a diver balks in practice, chances are that it will effect their ability to compete well in a diving meet.
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.
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.
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.
Why Use Line-Ups in Training?
Practicing line-ups are crucial to a diver being able to get into the water without a splash.
Dance and Ballet Training for Sports
Ballet and dance training can help develop important attributes needed to be successful in diving, such as timing, balance, form and flexibility. Page 2.
Entry
Definition of the entry into the water in the sport of diving.
What Are Diving Lessons?
What are diving lessons and why are they important.
Six Reasons Why a Diver Should Learn Ballet
Six reasons that ballet and dance training can help a diver become successful: flexibility, performance, rhythm and timing, core control, balance and form.
NCAA Division I Zone Diving Competition
What exactly is the NCAA Division I Zone diving and what school goes where?
Judging Scales
High school, college and FINA diving contests employ different judging scales. Why is that?
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.
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.

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