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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He Chong Leads, Despatie Second on Springboard...
Results from the men’s springboard semifinals at the 2008 Sumer Olympic Games in Beijing.
Olympic Diving Trials – Women’s...
Christina Loukas leads after the semifinal round in the women's three-meter springboard at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials.
Olympic Diving Trials – Men’s...
Troy Dumais widened the gap between himself and the field in the men's semifinal competition at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials in Indianapolis.
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.
NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving...
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships?
Gear & Equipment for the Beginner Diver
Equipment to begin diving starts with any type of swimsuit, a shammy, and an athletic bag.
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.
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.
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.
Read Coach Woody Franklin's 5 Tips for Beginner...
Five important tips for beginners new to the sport of competitve springboard diving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coaching Tips
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
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.
Forward Dive Pike - Step by Step Instructions
Preparing for the entry into the water during a forward dive in the pike position from a one-meter springboard. Page 7.
Pike Position
One of the four positions, the pike position is performed with the knees straight and the body bent at the waist.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding Diving - The Basic Elements
Understand the sport of diving by becoming familiar with the basic elements of a dive and diving meets.
The Pan American Games
A multi-sport international competition, the Pan American Games are contested in the year prior to the Olympic Games.
Diving Tips and Insights
Use these helpful tips to improve your diving.
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?
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.
Female Olympic Diving Medal Winners
Women who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform diving.
What is Olympic Diving
What is Olympic diving? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
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.
Duraflex and Durafirm Equipment Broken Down
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
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.
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 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).
Which Knee to Use in the Forward Approach and...
When doing a forward approach and hurdle on springboard, which knee should the diver use?
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greatest Moments in Olympic Diving
The biggest upsets, greatest finishes and dominant performances in Olympic diving competition.
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.
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.
Your Road to the Olympic Team - How to Become...
Find information on the steps needed to become an Olympic diver.
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.
Judging Scales
High school, college and FINA diving contests employ different judging scales. Why is that?
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.
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.
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.
Olympic Diving Events
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 2.
Dipping The Board
: Dipping the board is the act of putting the tip of the board into the water during a forward approach
Entry
Definition of the entry into the water in the sport of diving.
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.
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.
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.
Early History of Olympic Diving
A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
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.
Junior World Diving Championships Results
2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships results and photos.
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.
Classic Forward Approach and Hurdle
The classic forward approach and hurdle in diving consists of between three to five steps and a hurdle.
NCAA Division I Zone Diving Competition
What exactly is the NCAA Division I Zone diving and what school goes where?
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.
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!
Profiles - Divers and Coaches
Considered one of the greatest diving coaches to walk the pool deck, Hobie Billingsley served as diving coach at Indiana University from 1959 to 1989, and was a four-time Olympic diving coach.
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.
Ten Reasons Why Dryland Is Important
Ten reasons why it is a good idea to spend more time on dryland training.
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 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 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.
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.
Where Are Your Favorite Divers Now?
Find out what these U.S. Olympic divers have been doing since retiring from competition.
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?
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.
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.
Trampoline Jumps
Learning to do simple, repeated jumps on a trampoline can help improve balance and control in the hurdle.
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.
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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.
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.
America Takes Charge
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 3.
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.
Divers Must Begin Training at a Young Age to...
Divers must begin training at a young age in the competitive world of atheltics.
What is Your Potential as a Diver?
Comparing scores in diving can help a competitor track progress from meet to meet.
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.
Hurdle
The hurdle is the last movement of a diver prior to the takeoff from the diving board.
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.
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?
Women's USA Diving National Team
How does a diver make the USA Diving National Team and who is currently on the Team?
What Are the Costs Involved in Diving Lessons?
What are the cost involved when taking diving lessons, or springboard diving instruction for beginners?
FINA
FINA is the international governing body for aquatic sports that includes competitive springboard and platform diving.
What is a Bubbler?
What is a bubbler? How a sparging system is used in diving.
Degree of Difficulty
Definition of the degree of difficulty in the sport of competitive springboard and platform 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.
Toby Stanley
Profile of Toby Stanley, a USA Diving National Team member who lives and trains at the USA Diving National Training Center in Indianapolis, Ind.
Ankle Flexibiltiy and Jumping
Ankle and foot flexibility are often overlooked in the stretching routine for many divers.
Springboard and Platform Diving Camps
Summer diving camps can be a benefit to many divers, but don’t make the decision to attend one on the spur of the moment. Consider your choices. Not all camps are the same.
Line Up Position
A position that the diver achieves prior to the entry into the water. It is characterized by the diver’s body forming a straight line from the head to the pointed toes.
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 7.
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.
The Forward Approach in Diving
Definition of the forward approach in springboard and platform diving.
Should there be differences in the fulcrum...
Should there be differences in the fulcrum settings for different dives?
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?
Harrison Jones
Profile of U.S. National Team diver Harrison Jones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dryland Diver Training
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
What Is Proper Pike Position?
Proper pike position requires flexibility and technique, and an understanding of the differences between open and closed pike.
What Are Diving Lessons?
What are diving lessons and why are they important.
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.
Fail Dive
What is a fail dive in the sport of springboard and platform diving?
Line Up Skill
A line up is a particular diving skill that is practiced in order to improve body alignment and entry into the water.
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.
Point Your Toes
Pointing your toes in diving is a critical element in the overall impression of the dive.
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.
Why Use Line-Ups in Training?
Practicing line-ups are crucial to a diver being able to get into the water without a splash.
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.
Tuck Position
One of the four diving positions, the tuck position resembles a ball with the knees bent and the legs pulled as close to the body as possible.
Kassidy Cook
Profile of Kassidy Cook, U.S. National Diving Team Member, national springboard diving champion and 2010 Junior World Diving Champion
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.
Male Olympic Diving Medal Winners
Men who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform 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.
Beijing Opening Ceremonies
Images from the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 7.
The U.S. Loses its Grip
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 4.
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.
Kristian Ipsen
Profile of diver Kristian Ipsen, World Championship silver medalist, U.S. National Diving Team member, Junior World Champion and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member.
Balking in Practice
If a diver balks in practice, chances are that it will effect their ability to compete well in a diving meet.
How Long Will My Diving Board Last?
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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.

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