Diving: Most Popular Articles
What is a bubbler? How a sparging system is used in diving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Should spending too much time on the board during a diving contest be a penalty or not? Page 2.
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.
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.
Coaching diving involves what types of feedback a diver should receive in order to improve their ability to dive, and ultimately, their performance.
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.
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?
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.
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.
FINA pool standards were developed with safety in mind, and you cannot buy a new Duraflex springboard unless your facility can meet those specifications.
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.
If you want to rip dives on a consistent basis, set a goal of having all your dives enter the water head first.
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships?
During the flight of a dive, the body of the diver must be held in one of four positions: tuck, pike, straight, and free.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Beginner divers need to learn four basic positions - straight, tuck, open pike and closed pike, out of the water prior to learning dives.
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.
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.
Christina Loukas leads after the semifinal round in the women's three-meter springboard at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials.
Equipment to begin diving starts with any type of swimsuit, a shammy, and an athletic bag.
Troy Dumais widened the gap between himself and the field in the men's semifinal competition at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials in Indianapolis.
Results from the men’s springboard semifinals at the 2008 Sumer Olympic Games in Beijing.
Shammys are important in the world of diving, so follow this advice to keep yours working well for season after season.
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.”
Five important tips for beginners new to the sport of competitve springboard diving.
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.
: Dipping the board is the act of putting the tip of the board into the water during a forward approach
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.
One of the four positions, the pike position is performed with the knees straight and the body bent at the waist.
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.
Use these helpful tips to improve your diving.
What is Olympic diving? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
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.
High school, college and FINA diving contests employ different judging scales. Why is that?
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.
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.
Trampoline beds for diving come in a variety of different types depending on what your needs are.
Ten reasons why it is a good idea to spend more time on dryland training.
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.
SEP 1984: GREG LOUGANIS OF THE USA DURING A PORTRAIT SHOOT. Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy/ALLSPORT Page 22.
Filming and editing a high school diving performance can have a direct effect upon a diver’s selection as a High School All American.
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.
The entry into the water during a dive, with little or no splash.
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
Prolong the life of your valuable diving board by following these simple tips before storing the board for the winter.
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.
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 are diving lessons and why are they important.
While an incredibly effective tool for learning new dives, a bubbler is not a magic wand. Make sure you
While the focus of twisting dives is the twist, the real meat and potatoes of the dive is the somersault.
A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
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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.
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 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.
The classic forward approach and hurdle in diving consists of between three to five steps and a hurdle.
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.
Once the diver has kicked during a backward somersault kick-out drill, the diver will move to the stretching position by sliding their hands toward their head. Page 5.
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?
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.
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.
Divers must begin training at a young age in the competitive world of atheltics.
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.
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.
Wrist grips, or wrist wraps are used by many divers to alleviate the constant pounding that occurs when a diver hits the water.
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.
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.
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 a diver receives a fail dive during a competition, they earn zero points. But why might a diver get a zero?
Find information on the steps needed to become an Olympic diver.
A multi-sport international competition, the Pan American Games are contested in the year prior to the Olympic Games.
The biggest upsets, greatest finishes and dominant performances in Olympic diving competition.
Understand the sport of diving by becoming familiar with the basic elements of a dive and diving meets.
Divers at all levels and abilities have the opportunity to compete, and demonstrate the skills that they have worked long and hard to perfect.
A smack in diving occurs when a diver enters the water in a manner that can cause physical pain or injury.
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.
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.
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
Here are six tips that even the most experienced diving coach should consider during a training session or practice.
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.
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).
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.
Profile of U.S. National Diving Team member Abby Johnston, a member of the 2011 World Championships and 2012 World Cup teams.
Excellent and exceptional dives many times receive scores of 10. So is the dive excellent and exceptional, or perfect?
Using a hop drill in springboard diving is one method to improve the armswing and timing of a forward approach and hurdle. Page 7.
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.
Proper pike position requires flexibility and technique, and an understanding of the differences between open and closed pike.
Women who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform diving.
2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships results and photos.
Success in high school diving has as much to do with knowing how a meet will be judged as much as the diving itself.
Dryland diving equipment can help a diving program and diving coach expand and enhance the ability to develop successful divers.
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Learning and practicing dives should be based on fundamental building blocks or skills, learned in a series of progressions. Here are eight reasons why.
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!
: "Riding the Board" is a term in diving that describes the action of landing on the springboard during
What exactly is the NCAA Division I Zone diving and what school goes where?
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.
One of the four diving positions, the tuck position resembles a ball with the knees bent and the legs pulled as close to the body as possible.
If a diver balks in practice, chances are that it will effect their ability to compete well in a diving meet.
Images from the men's synchronized springboard competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 2.
Do you have an old diving board that is just laying around? Here are six uses for that old springboard.
Considered one of the greatest diving coaches to walk the pool deck, Hobie Billingsley served as diving coach at Indiana University from 1959 to 1989, and was a four-time Olympic diving coach.
Ankle and foot flexibility are often overlooked in the stretching routine for many divers.
Comparing scores in diving can help a competitor track progress from meet to meet.
A call-out act where a coach uses a verbal clue to alert the diver when to initiate the kick and stretch for the water.
Spotting ropes are the link between the spotter and the diver. Do you know how many and how long they should be?
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.
Goal setting is an important aspect of achievement in the sport of diving, as it is in any other sport, and in life.
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 3.
Profile of Christina Loukas, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, a nine-time national diving champion and eight-time NCAA ALL-American at Indiana University.
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
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.
USA Diving has restructured the summer junior diving program in an effort to allow more divers to compete throughout the summer. This move comes as a response to feedback gathered from Town Hall meetings and member surveys in which the diving membership felt that USA Diving was focused too much toward the elite diving programs.
Pointing your toes in diving is a critical element in the overall impression of the dive.
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.
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.
Definition of the starting position of a dive in competitive springboard and platform diving.
What are the cost involved when taking diving lessons, or springboard diving instruction for beginners?
A crow hop is an movement in diving that is illegal in some organizaitons and overlooked in others.
Steve Foley was recently named USA Diving High Performance Director. Here are some of his ideas for the future!
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.
As a diver involed in the college recruiting process, be prepared to ask the right questions of the diving coach or recruiting coordinator.
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.
Judging scales for scoring diving in high school, college and FINA diving contest.
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.
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.
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.
The straight position is characterized by no bend in either the hips or knees. The arm position is the choice of the diver.
Definition of a balk in springboard and platform diving.
The last step in a forward approach and hurdle in diving should be longer than the others, but how long?
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.
How parents react during practice and outside the swimming pool can play a pivotal role in the success of a diver. Here are some dos and don'ts for the parent of springboard and platform diver.
Definition of the armstand dives in 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.
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 4.
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 2.
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.
Images from the women's synchronized springboard diving competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Page 10.
Divers have the option of doing their dives in open or closed pike position. Which is better and why.
Any diver or athlete can help move the recruiting process in the right direction. Here are seven important aspects to consider.