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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
During the flight of a dive, the body of the diver must be held in one of four positions: tuck, pike, straight, and free.
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.
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.
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.
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 diving involves what types of feedback a diver should receive in order to improve their ability to dive, and ultimately, their performance.
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.
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.
Five important tips for beginners new to the sport of competitve springboard diving.
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.
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.
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 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.
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
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?
Shammys are important in the world of diving, so follow this advice to keep yours working well for season after season.
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.
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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One of the four positions, the pike position is performed with the knees straight and the body bent at the waist.
Ankle and foot flexibility are often overlooked in the stretching routine for many divers.
Equipment to begin diving starts with any type of swimsuit, a shammy, and an athletic bag.
FINA pool standards were developed with safety in mind, and you cannot buy a new Duraflex springboard unless your facility can meet those specifications.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Use these helpful tips to improve your 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.
What is Olympic diving? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
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.
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? How a sparging system is used in diving.
Trampoline beds for diving come in a variety of different types depending on what your needs are.
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.
Women who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform diving.
Proper pike position requires flexibility and technique, and an understanding of the differences between open and closed pike.
Dryland diving equipment can help a diving program and diving coach expand and enhance the ability to develop successful divers.
The hurdle is the last movement of a diver prior to the takeoff from the diving board.
Images from the women's preliminary springboard competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 2.
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.
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.
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).
Learning to do simple, repeated jumps on a trampoline can help improve balance and control in the hurdle.
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.
The biggest upsets, greatest finishes and dominant performances in Olympic diving competition.
How does a diver make the USA Diving National Team and who is currently on the Team?
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.
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While the focus of twisting dives is the twist, the real meat and potatoes of the dive is the somersault.
The classic forward approach and hurdle in diving consists of between three to five steps and a hurdle.
Wrist grips, or wrist wraps are used by many divers to alleviate the constant pounding that occurs when a diver hits the water.
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.
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?
Should spending too much time on the board during a diving contest be a penalty or not?
Learning and practicing dives should be based on fundamental building blocks or skills, learned in a series of progressions. Here are eight reasons why.
A multi-sport international competition, the Pan American Games are contested in the year prior to the Olympic Games.
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 cost involved when taking diving lessons, or springboard diving instruction for beginners?
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.
Find information on the steps needed to become an Olympic diver.
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.
A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
If you want to rip dives on a consistent basis, set a goal of having all your dives enter the water head first.
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.
Understand the sport of diving by becoming familiar with the basic elements of a dive and diving meets.
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.
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships?
Beginner divers always seem to have a problem finding the right place to stand when starting a dive. Mark your spot on the diving board so that you each time you dive, the approach and hurdle is consistent.
The forward dive pike from a standing start is a fundamental drill that all divers should practice whether they be a beginner or seasoned veteran.
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 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.
When doing a forward approach and hurdle on springboard, which knee should the diver use?
The gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the women's platform diving competition in the Summer Olympic Games.
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
Find out what these U.S. Olympic divers have been doing since retiring from competition.
Six reasons that ballet and dance training can help a diver become successful: flexibility, performance, rhythm and timing, core control, balance and form.
Results from the women’s synchronized springboard competition at the 2012 Sumer Olympic Games in Beijing.
Do you have an old diving board that is just laying around? Here are six uses for that old springboard.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
Definition of the entry into the water in the sport of diving.
If a diver balks in practice, chances are that it will effect their ability to compete well in a diving meet.
Excellent and exceptional dives many times receive scores of 10. So is the dive excellent and exceptional, or perfect?
Definition of the forward approach in springboard and platform diving.
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.
2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships results and photos.
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.
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.
The gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the women's springboard diving competition in the Summer Olympic Games.
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.
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 is a training technique that allows a diver to follow an organized training plan to achieve maximum results in competition.
Here are six tips that even the most experienced diving coach should consider during a training session or practice.
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 2.
Prolong the life of your valuable diving board by following these simple tips before storing the board for the winter.
Profile of Kassidy Cook, U.S. National Diving Team Member, national springboard diving champion and 2010 Junior World Diving Champion
High school, college and FINA diving contests employ different judging scales. Why is that?
Photos from Day 5 at the 2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Page 8.
In the sport of diving, what is spotting and what type of equipment is used?
No one like to smack in diving, but it is part of the process to become a better diver.
Common errors are the biggest reason why applications for High School Diving All-American get rejected.
: "Riding the Board" is a term in diving that describes the action of landing on the springboard during
Definition of the degree of difficulty in the sport of competitive springboard and platform diving.
Profile of United States National Diving Team member Anna James, a member of the 2011 World Championship team.
The rules for scoring synchronized diving can be bit confusing. Use this guideline to better understand the process.
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.
Beginner divers need to learn proper tuck position out of the water prior to learning dives. Page 2.
Images from the men's final round platform diving competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 10.
Images from the women's preliminary springboard competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Find out what these Olympic divers have been doing since retiring from competition.
Where is Olympic gold medalist Kelly McCormick?
Steve Foley was recently named USA Diving High Performance Director. Here are some of his ideas for the future!
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
Controversies surrounding the diving competition at the Olympic Games.
Men who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform diving.
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.
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!
Divers have the option of doing their dives in open or closed pike position. Which is better and why.
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.
How to avoid fail dives during the twisting round in diving.
Goal setting is an important aspect of achievement in the sport of diving, as it is in any other sport, and in life.
Ballet and dance training can help develop important attributes needed to be successful in diving, such as timing, balance, form and flexibility. Page 2.
The majority of diving coaches in the U.S. are part-time, here are seven reasons for an upgrade to full-time.
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 in springboard, platform and synchronized diving events including multiple gold medal winners and Olympic standouts.
Images from the women's preliminary springboard competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 3.
Ballet and dance training can help develop important attributes needed to be successful in diving, such as timing, balance, form and flexibility.
Filming and editing a high school diving performance can have a direct effect upon a diver’s selection as a High School All American.
Creating a routine in diving can help eliminate inside and outside influences and develop consistency at both practice and in competition.
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.
Any diver or athlete can help move the recruiting process in the right direction. Here are seven important aspects to consider.
Practicing line-ups are crucial to a diver being able to get into the water without a splash.
Profile of individual and synchronized diving national champion Katie Bell, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Diving Team.
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.
Results from the women's diving competition at the Pan American Games.
FINA is the international governing body for aquatic sports that includes competitive springboard and platform diving.
Profile of Steele Johnson, a USA Diving National Team member, Junior Pan American Games gold medalist and ten-time junior national champion.
Images from the women's synchronized springboard diving competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 10.
Ten reasons why it is a good idea to spend more time on dryland training.