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Diving: Most Popular Articles

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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.
The Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games held two years prior to the Olympic Games, and included many of the world's most accomplished divers including Olympic medalists. Participants come from countries in the Commonwealth of Nations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read Coach Woody Franklin's 5 Tips for Beginner...
Five important tips for beginners new to the sport of competitve springboard diving.
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.
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.
Approach in Diving
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.
Gear & Equipment for the Beginner Diver
Equipment to begin diving starts with any type of swimsuit, a shammy, and an athletic bag.
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.
Springboard
A springboard is a 16-foot aluminum diving board that is used in diving competitions from two different heights above the water: one-meter or three-meter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diving Tips and Insights
Use these helpful tips to improve your 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.
Pike Position
One of the four positions, the pike position is performed with the knees straight and the body bent at the waist.
What is Olympic Diving
What is Olympic diving? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
Coaching Tips
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
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.
Four Positions for Beginners
Beginner divers need to learn proper tuck position out of the water prior to learning dives. Page 2.
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.
Trampoline Beds
Trampoline beds for diving come in a variety of different types depending on what your needs are.
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.
Australian Olympic Gold Medalist Chantelle...
Australian diver Chantelle Newbery will not return to Beijing to defend her gold medal on platform, instead she will try to add a gold on springboard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
Choose Your Come-Out
Mid-line and lateral come-outs are used in diving to stop the somersault so that a diver can properly line-up for the entry. Each are different, but accomplish the same goal.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
What Is Proper Pike Position?
Proper pike position requires flexibility and technique, and an understanding of the differences between open and closed pike.
Duraflex and Durafirm Equipment Broken Down
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
Female Olympic Diving Medal Winners
Women who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform diving.
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.”
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.
Too Much Time on the Board
Should spending too much time on the board during a diving contest be a penalty or not?
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.
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.
Chantelle Newberry
Photos and images from past women's Olympic platform diving competition. Page 8.
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.
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.
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.
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The U.S. Loses its Grip
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 4.
Divers Must Begin Training at a Young Age to...
Divers must begin training at a young age in the competitive world of atheltics.
The Pan American Games
A multi-sport international competition, the Pan American Games are contested in the year prior to the Olympic Games.
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.
Olympic Diving Events
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 2.
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.
NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving...
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships?
Point Your Toes
Pointing your toes in diving is a critical element in the overall impression of the dive.
Understanding Diving - The Basic Elements
Understand the sport of diving by becoming familiar with the basic elements of a dive and diving meets.
JJ Kinzbach
Profile of diver JJ Kinzbach. Diving.
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.
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.
How Long Will My Diving Board Last?
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Early History of Olympic Diving
A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
Trampoline Jumps
Learning to do simple, repeated jumps on a trampoline can help improve balance and control in the hurdle.
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.
Ankle Flexibiltiy and Jumping
Ankle and foot flexibility are often overlooked in the stretching routine for many divers.
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.
Men's USA Diving National Team
How does a diver make the USA Diving National Team and who is currently on the men's team?
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 Synchronized Diving is Scored
The rules for scoring synchronized diving can be bit confusing. Use this guideline to better understand the process.
Entry
Definition of the entry into the water in the sport of diving.
Greatest Moments in Olympic Diving
The biggest upsets, greatest finishes and dominant performances in Olympic diving competition.
Opportunities For The Diver
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.
America Takes Charge
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 3.
Dryland Diver Training
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
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.
Greg Louganis
Images and photos of world and Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.
Degree of Difficulty
Definition of the degree of difficulty in the sport of competitive springboard and platform diving.
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.
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.
Olympic Diving Medal Winners
Olympic diving medal winners in springboard, platform and synchronized diving events including multiple gold medal winners and Olympic standouts.
Olympic Diving Controversies
Controversies surrounding the diving competition at the Olympic Games.
Women's USA Diving National Team
How does a diver make the USA Diving National Team and who is currently on the Team?
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?
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.
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.
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.
How to Earn Extra Points in a Diving Meet
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.
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?
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.
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.
Closed Pike Position
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.
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.
A Balk in Diving
Definition of a balk in springboard and platform diving.
Women's Olympic Synchronized Platform Competition
Photos and images from past women's Olympic synchronized platform diving competition.
What is a Bubbler?
What is a bubbler? How a sparging system is used in diving.
Tuck Position
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.
Dryland and Water Spotting
In the sport of diving, what is spotting and what type of equipment is used?
Diving and the Olympic Games
Find information on divers, diving competition, judging and scoring for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as China will once again be the team to beat in Beijing.
Backward Save in Diving
With the same goals as a forward somersault save, a backward save is a technique that can be used by divers that are over-rotating on any backward or reverse dives.
Forward Line-Up From a 1-meter Springboard
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.
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!
Where Are Your Favorite Divers Now?
Find out what these U.S. Olympic divers have been doing since retiring from competition.
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.
FINA
FINA is the international governing body for aquatic sports that includes competitive springboard and platform diving.
Classic Forward Approach and Hurdle
The classic forward approach and hurdle in diving consists of between three to five steps and a hurdle.
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.
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.
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.
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
Balking in Practice
If a diver balks in practice, chances are that it will effect their ability to compete well in a diving meet.
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.
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.
Men's Olympic Springboard Diving Medal Winners
The gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the men's springboard diving competition in the Summer Olympic Games.
How To Grab A Flathand
Grabbing the hands is an important technique when executing and flathand in springboard and platform diving. Page 5.
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.
Kristian Ipsen
Profile of diver Kristian Ipsen, World Championship silver medalist, U.S. National Diving Team member, Junior World Champion and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member.
Which Knee to Use in the Forward Approach and...
When doing a forward approach and hurdle on springboard, which knee should the diver use?
Diver David Boudia
Profile of diver David Boudia, 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Member and national platform diving champion.
Lesson Programs Verses Elite Divers
Creating a successful diving team requires a coach to manage a large group of young athletes, and to have a eye for the big picture. Here are a few ideas that can help a coach better manage the varying degrees of talent within a diving team.
It's On to Beijing
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 5.
Diver Christina Loukas
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.
USA Diving
USA Diving is the National Governing Body for the sport of diving in the United States and is responsible for the selection and support of the U.S. Olympic Diving Team.
Armstand Dives in Platform Diving
Definition of the armstand dives in platform diving.
Flight in Diving
The flight of a dive is that portion of the dive that occurs once the diver has left the diving board, until the entry into the water.
Junior World Diving Championships Results
2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships results and photos.
Straight Position
The straight position is characterized by no bend in either the hips or knees. The arm position is the choice of the diver.
Double Bounce
Definition of a double bounce in the sport of competitive 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.
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.

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