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Diving: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Duraflex and Durafirm Equipment Broken Down
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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Pike Position
One of the four positions, the pike position is performed with the knees straight and the body bent at the waist.
Ankle Flexibiltiy and Jumping
Ankle and foot flexibility are often overlooked in the stretching routine for many divers.
Gear & Equipment for the Beginner Diver
Equipment to begin diving starts with any type of swimsuit, a shammy, and an athletic bag.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Diving Tips and Insights
Use these helpful tips to improve your 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.
What is Olympic Diving
What is Olympic diving? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
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.
What is a “Cheeseboard” Diving Board?
The “Cheeseboard” is a common reference for the Modified Maxiflex Model-B aluminum springboard diving board manufactured by Duraflex International. The Model-B is the de facto standard for competitive aquatic diving facilities.
What is a Bubbler?
What is a bubbler? How a sparging system is used in diving.
Trampoline Beds
Trampoline beds for diving come in a variety of different types depending on what your needs are.
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.
Female Olympic Diving Medal Winners
Women who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform diving.
What Is Proper Pike Position?
Proper pike position requires flexibility and technique, and an understanding of the differences between open and closed pike.
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.
Hurdle
The hurdle is the last movement of a diver prior to the takeoff from the diving board.
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.
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 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).
Trampoline Jumps
Learning to do simple, repeated jumps on a trampoline can help improve balance and control in the hurdle.
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.
Greatest Moments in Olympic Diving
The biggest upsets, greatest finishes and dominant performances in Olympic diving competition.
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 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.
How Long Will My Diving Board Last?
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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.
Classic Forward Approach and Hurdle
The classic forward approach and hurdle in diving consists of between three to five steps and a hurdle.
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.
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.
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?
Too Much Time on the Board
Should spending too much time on the board during a diving contest be a penalty or not?
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.
The Pan American Games
A multi-sport international competition, the Pan American Games are contested in the year prior to the Olympic Games.
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.
What Are the Costs Involved in Diving Lessons?
What are the cost involved when taking diving lessons, or springboard diving instruction for beginners?
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.
Your Road to the Olympic Team - How to Become...
Find information on the steps needed to become an Olympic diver.
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?
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.
Early History of Olympic Diving
A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
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.
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.
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 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.
NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which Knee to Use in the Forward Approach and...
When doing a forward approach and hurdle on springboard, which knee should the diver use?
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.
Dryland Diver Training
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
Where Are Your Favorite Divers Now?
Find out what these U.S. Olympic divers have been doing since retiring from competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Entry
Definition of the entry into the water in the sport of diving.
Balking in Practice
If a diver balks in practice, chances are that it will effect their ability to compete well in a diving 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?
The Forward Approach in Diving
Definition of the forward approach in springboard and platform diving.
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.
Junior World Diving Championships Results
2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships results and photos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Olympic Diving Events
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 2.
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.
Kassidy Cook
Profile of Kassidy Cook, U.S. National Diving Team Member, national springboard diving champion and 2010 Junior World Diving Champion
Judging Scales
High school, college and FINA diving contests employ different judging scales. Why is that?
Mexican Diver Karla Elizabeth Rivas
Photos from Day 5 at the 2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Page 8.
Dryland and Water Spotting
In the sport of diving, what is spotting and what type of equipment is used?
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.
Why Did My Diving All-American Application Get...
Common errors are the biggest reason why applications for High School Diving All-American get rejected.
Riding the Board
: "Riding the Board" is a term in diving that describes the action of landing on the springboard during
Degree of Difficulty
Definition of the degree of difficulty in the sport of competitive springboard and platform diving.
Diver Anna James
Profile of United States National Diving Team member Anna James, a member of the 2011 World Championship team.
How Synchronized Diving is Scored
The rules for scoring synchronized diving can be bit confusing. Use this guideline to better understand the process.
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.
Four Positions for Beginners
Beginner divers need to learn proper tuck position out of the water prior to learning dives. Page 2.
Juan Guillermo Uran
Images from the men's final round platform diving competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 10.
Sharleen Stratton
Images from the women's preliminary springboard competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Olympic Diving - Where Are They Now? - Famous...
Find out what these Olympic divers have been doing since retiring from competition.
Kelly McCormick of the 1984 and 1988 Summer...
Where is Olympic gold medalist Kelly McCormick?
Steve Foley Named to USA Diving Staff
Steve Foley was recently named USA Diving High Performance Director. Here are some of his ideas for the future!
Coaching Tips
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
Olympic Diving Controversies
Controversies surrounding the diving competition at the Olympic Games.
Male Olympic Diving Medal Winners
Men who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform diving.
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.
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!
To Touch or Not To Touch
Divers have the option of doing their dives in open or closed pike position. Which is better and why.
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.
Twisters and Fail Dives
How to avoid fail dives during the twisting round in diving.
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.
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.
Are You a Full-Time or Part-Time Diving Coach?
The majority of diving coaches in the U.S. are part-time, here are seven reasons for an upgrade to full-time.
Diving and the College Recruiting Process
As a diver involed in the college recruiting process, be prepared to ask the right questions of the diving coach or recruiting coordinator.
Olympic Diving Medal Winners
Olympic diving medal winners in springboard, platform and synchronized diving events including multiple gold medal winners and Olympic standouts.
Mun Yee Leong
Images from the women's preliminary springboard competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Use Line-Ups in Training?
Practicing line-ups are crucial to a diver being able to get into the water without a splash.
Katie Bell
Profile of individual and synchronized diving national champion Katie Bell, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Diving 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.
Women's Pan American Games Springboard Diving...
Results from the women's diving competition at the Pan American Games.
FINA
FINA is the international governing body for aquatic sports that includes competitive springboard and platform diving.
Steele Johnson
Profile of Steele Johnson, a USA Diving National Team member, Junior Pan American Games gold medalist and ten-time junior national champion.
Olympic Gold Medalists Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia
Images from the women's synchronized springboard diving competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 10.
Ten Reasons Why Dryland Is Important
Ten reasons why it is a good idea to spend more time on dryland training.

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