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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Judging Scales
High school, college and FINA diving contests employ different judging scales. Why is that?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read Coach Woody Franklin's 5 Tips for Beginner...
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.
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.
Understanding Diving - The Basic Elements
Understand the sport of diving by becoming familiar with the basic elements of a dive and diving meets.
Forward Line-Up From a 1-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. Used primarily on three-meter, practicing this drill on one-meter can lead to adjust to dives that finish low to the water. Page 7.
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.
Gear & Equipment for the Beginner Diver
Equipment to begin diving starts with any type of swimsuit, a shammy, and an athletic bag.
Coaching Tips
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Road to the Olympic Team - How to Become...
Find information on the steps needed to become an Olympic diver.
Pike Position
One of the four positions, the pike position is performed with the knees straight and the body bent at the waist.
Diving Tips and Insights
Use these helpful tips to improve your diving.
What is a Bubbler?
What is a bubbler? How a sparging system is used in diving.
Armstand Dives in Platform Diving
Definition of the armstand dives in platform diving.
Trampoline Beds
Trampoline beds for diving come in a variety of different types depending on what your needs are.
Who the Heck is Whistling During a Diving Meet?
A whistle is used in diving contests to alert the diver that it is time to execute their next dive.
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.
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.
London Aquatic Centre
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: A general view of the Olympic Park and Aquatics centre from The Lund Point tower on July 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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.
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.
Back Dive in the Tuck Position - Step by Step...
Initiating the tuck position by a springboard diver during a back dive tuck from the one-meter springboard. Page 5.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Anatomy of a Duraflex Diving Board
Duraflex diving boards are the standard for use in the world of competitive diving. What makes these products so superior, that they are the only products used in competitive diving?
Springboard 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.
NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving...
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships?
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.
Don't Rock The Board ... Too Much
Rocking the board prior to a back or inward takeoff can help a diver create a rhythm, but too much rocking can get you deductions from the judges.
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.
Backward Tuck Kickout in Diving
Start the backward somersault kick-out in tuck position to simulate the somersault. Page 2.
Fail Dive
What is a fail dive in the sport of springboard and platform diving?
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.
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.
How to Diagnose A Proper Rip Entry
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is Olympic Diving
What is Olympic diving? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
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 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.
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.
Classic Forward Approach and Hurdle
The classic forward approach and hurdle in diving consists of between three to five steps and a hurdle.
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.
The Forward Somersault Save in Diving
The somersault save is a technique used by divers on forward spinning, or inward spinning dives to counter the over-rotation of a somersault, assist in the success of a rip entry, and to provide a safety maneuver to reduce the chance of hitting the bottom of the pool.
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.
Grease The Fulcrum
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.
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.
Four Positions for Beginners
Beginner divers need to learn proper tuck position out of the water prior to learning dives. Page 2.
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.
Forward Dive Pike - Step by Step Instructions
Entry into the water during a forward dive in the pike position from a one-meter springboard. Page 8.
The Pan American Games
A multi-sport international competition, the Pan American Games are contested in the year prior to the Olympic Games.
Early History of Olympic Diving
A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
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.
Trampoline Jumps
Learning to do simple, repeated jumps on a trampoline can help improve balance and control in the hurdle.
Women's Olympic Platform Competition
Photos and images from past women's Olympic platform diving competition.
How Synchronized Diving is Scored
The rules for scoring synchronized diving can be bit confusing. Use this guideline to better understand the process.
Duraflex and Durafirm Equipment Broken Down
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
Entry
Definition of the entry into the water in the sport of diving.
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.
Hurdle
The hurdle is the last movement of a diver prior to the takeoff from the diving board.
What Are the Costs Involved in Diving Lessons?
What are the cost involved when taking diving lessons, or springboard diving instruction for beginners?
Female Olympic Diving Medal Winners
Women who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform diving.
What is a Legal Twisting Dive?
What constitutes a fail dive when a diver under or over twists on a dive.
Divers Must Begin Training at a Young Age to...
Divers must begin training at a young age in the competitive world of atheltics.
Maxiflex Cheeseboard and 16-foot Duraflex...
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Double Bounce
Definition of a double bounce in the sport of competitive springboard diving.
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.
The Forward Approach in Diving
Definition of the forward approach in springboard and platform diving.
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!
Kelci Bryant
Profile of diver Kelci Bryant, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and National Springboard Diving Champion.
What is Your Potential as a Diver?
Comparing scores in diving can help a competitor track progress from meet to meet.
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?
Ankle Flexibiltiy and Jumping
Ankle and foot flexibility are often overlooked in the stretching routine for many divers.
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.
America Takes Charge
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 3.
Greatest Moments in Olympic Diving
The biggest upsets, greatest finishes and dominant performances in Olympic diving competition.
Starting Position for a Dive
Definition of the starting position of a dive in competitive springboard and platform diving.
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.
Where Are Your Favorite Divers Now?
Find out what these U.S. Olympic divers have been doing since retiring from competition.
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!
Judging Scales Used in Diving
Judging scales for scoring diving in high school, college and FINA diving contest.
What Are Diving Lessons?
What are diving lessons and why are they important.
Degree of Difficulty
Definition of the degree of difficulty in the sport of competitive springboard and platform diving.
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.
FINA
FINA is the international governing body for aquatic sports that includes competitive springboard and platform diving.
Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know...
2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing - information on the diving competition, past and future competitors, the history of diving and the Olympics, and how to get started on your Olympic Dream.
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.
Free Position
Used exclusively in twisting dives, the free position is a combination of straight, pike, or tuck. At all times during the free position the legs must be together with the toes pointed.
Dryland and Water Spotting
In the sport of diving, what is spotting and what type of equipment is used?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Riding the Board
: "Riding the Board" is a term in diving that describes the action of landing on the springboard during
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.
Too Much Time on the Board
Should spending too much time on the board during a diving contest be a penalty or not?
A Balk in Diving
Definition of a balk in springboard and platform diving.
Periodization Training in Diving
Periodization is a training technique that allows a diver to follow an organized training plan to achieve maximum results in competition.
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Masters Diving
Masters diving offers opportunities for divers to compete in the sport following a career in high school or college athletics, or simply for the love of the sport.
Judging Competitive Diving
The overall impression of a dive should be a major factor each diving judge considers when determining what score to award during a competition.
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.
Women's USA Diving National Team
How does a diver make the USA Diving National Team and who is currently on the Team?
What Is Proper Pike Position?
Proper pike position requires flexibility and technique, and an understanding of the differences between open and closed pike.
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.
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 II Swimming & Diving...
How does a diver qualify for the Division II NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships? Page 2.
The Modern Diving Facility
From fancy diving at the turn of the century, to today's dynamic and challenging diving competitions, view an illustrated history of diving. Page 7.
How Long Will My Diving Board Last?
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Forward Line Up From the Three-meter Springboard
Balance on the end of the board is a key element when performing a forward line-up in diving. Page 3.
Rip Entry
The entry into the water during a dive, with little or no splash.
Dryland Diver Training
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
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.

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