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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.
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.
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.
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.
Ten reasons why it is a good idea to spend more time on dryland training.
Coaching diving involves what types of feedback a diver should receive in order to improve their ability to dive, and ultimately, their performance.
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.
During the flight of a dive, the body of the diver must be held in one of four positions: tuck, pike, straight, and free.
When doing a forward approach and hurdle on springboard, which knee should the diver use?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What exactly is the NCAA Division I Zone diving and what school goes where?
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships?
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.
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?
One of the four positions, the pike position is performed with the knees straight and the body bent at the waist.
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.
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.
Should spending too much time on the board during a diving contest be a penalty or not?
Beginner divers need to learn four basic positions - straight, tuck, open pike and closed pike, out of the water prior to learning 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.
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.
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.
Beginner divers need to learn proper tuck position out of the water prior to learning dives. Page 2.
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.
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.”
If you want to rip dives on a consistent basis, set a goal of having all your dives enter the water head first.
Trampoline beds for diving come in a variety of different types depending on what your needs are.
Five important tips for beginners new to the sport of competitve springboard diving.
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.
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.
Understand the sport of diving by becoming familiar with the basic elements of a dive and diving meets.
Shammys are important in the world of diving, so follow this advice to keep yours working well for season after season.
High school, college and FINA diving contests employ different judging scales. Why is that?
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.
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.
Use these helpful tips to improve your diving.
Equipment to begin diving starts with any type of swimsuit, a shammy, and an athletic bag.
The kick is a simple, but very important motion that will slow the rotation of a somersault. A kick in
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
Dryland diving equipment can help a diving program and diving coach expand and enhance the ability to develop successful divers.
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.
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.
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.
Here are six tips that even the most experienced diving coach should consider during a training session or practice.
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
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!
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While the focus of twisting dives is the twist, the real meat and potatoes of the dive is the somersault.
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
In the sport of diving, what is spotting and what type of equipment is used?
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.
A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
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.
What is a bubbler? How a sparging system is used in diving.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Learning and practicing dives should be based on fundamental building blocks or skills, learned in a series of progressions. Here are eight reasons why.
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).
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 2.
What are diving lessons and why are they important.
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.
How does a diver qualify for the Division II NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships? Page 2.
The classic forward approach and hurdle in diving consists of between three to five steps and a hurdle.
The forward approach and hurdle is the basic building block for all dives starting from a forward position. Page 2.
The biggest upsets, greatest finishes and dominant performances in Olympic diving competition.
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.
What is Olympic diving? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
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.
FINA pool standards were developed with safety in mind, and you cannot buy a new Duraflex springboard unless your facility can meet those specifications.
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 “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.
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.
View these Step-by-step diving turtorials on the way to becoming an Olympic champion.
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.
Definition of the forward approach in springboard and platform diving.
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.
The hurdle is the last movement of a diver prior to the takeoff from the diving board.
Prolong the life of your valuable diving board by following these simple tips before storing the board for the winter.
Knowing what order to list your dives in competition is as easy as paying attention to your personality and how you are training.
Any diver or athlete can help move the recruiting process in the right direction. Here are seven important aspects to consider.
Ankle and foot flexibility are often overlooked in the stretching routine for many divers.
Proper pike position requires flexibility and technique, and an understanding of the differences between open and closed pike.
As a diver involed in the college recruiting process, be prepared to ask the right questions of the diving coach or recruiting coordinator.
The entry into the water during a dive, with little or no splash.
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.
Comparing scores in diving can help a competitor track progress from meet to meet.
Success in high school diving has as much to do with knowing how a meet will be judged as much as the diving itself.
A crow hop is an movement in diving that is illegal in some organizaitons and overlooked in others.
Wrist grips, or wrist wraps are used by many divers to alleviate the constant pounding that occurs when a diver hits the water.
When a diver receives a fail dive during a competition, they earn zero points. But why might a diver get a zero?
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.
FINA is the international governing body for aquatic sports that includes competitive springboard and platform diving.
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships? Page 3.
The last step in a forward approach and hurdle in diving should be longer than the others, but how long?
A multi-sport international competition, the Pan American Games are contested in the year prior to the Olympic Games.
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.
The rules for scoring synchronized diving can be bit confusing. Use this guideline to better understand the process.
Kicking out of a back or reverse dive or somersault involves four distinct parts that must occur in a particular order.
Filming and editing a high school diving performance can have a direct effect upon a diver’s selection as a High School All American.
Find out what these U.S. Olympic divers have been doing since retiring from competition.
By applying grease to a fulcrum, a coach can prolong the life of their equipment, make their divers move faster, and make practice less more efficient.
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.
Divers have the option of doing their dives in open or closed pike position. Which is better and why.
Learning to do simple, repeated jumps on a trampoline can help improve balance and control in the hurdle.
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.
Olympic diving medal winners in springboard, platform and synchronized diving events including multiple gold medal winners and Olympic standouts.
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.
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.
The flight of a dive is that portion of the dive that occurs once the diver has left the diving board, until the entry into the water.
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.
Definition of a balk in springboard and platform diving.
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.
Divers at all levels and abilities have the opportunity to compete, and demonstrate the skills that they have worked long and hard to perfect.
: "Riding the Board" is a term in diving that describes the action of landing on the springboard during
What is a fail dive in the sport of springboard and platform diving?
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.
Definition of the entry into the water in the sport of diving.
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.
Divers must begin training at a young age in the competitive world of atheltics.
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 3.
While an incredibly effective tool for learning new dives, a bubbler is not a magic wand. Make sure you
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.
Spotting ropes are the link between the spotter and the diver. Do you know how many and how long they should be?
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.
Should there be differences in the fulcrum settings for different dives?
Women who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform diving.
If a diver balks in practice, chances are that it will effect their ability to compete well in a diving meet.
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.
Using a hop drill in springboard diving is one method to improve the armswing and timing of a forward approach and hurdle. Page 2.
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How to avoid fail dives during the twisting round in diving.
The gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the women's springboard diving competition in the Summer Olympic Games.
How does a diver make the USA Diving National Team and who is currently on the men's team?
Trampolines are a important piece of equipment used in diver training, but make sure you follow these five important rules when using a tramp!
No one like to smack in diving, but it is part of the process to become a better diver.
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.
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.
Find information on the steps needed to become an Olympic diver.
The AAU and USA Diving coexist as two governing bodies in the sport of competitive springboard and platform diving.
How to diagnose a proper rip entry in diving ... watch the bubbles. Coaches should watch the bubbles on an entry to tell if a diver is using proper technique on an entry.
Definition of a square-out in the sport of competitive springboard and platform diving.