Diving: Most Popular Articles
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Five important tips for beginners new to the sport of competitve springboard 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.
If you want to rip dives on a consistent basis, set a goal of having all your dives enter the water head first.
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.
Equipment to begin diving starts with any type of swimsuit, a shammy, and an athletic bag.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shammys are important in the world of diving, so follow this advice to keep yours working well for season after season.
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.
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.
Beginner divers need to learn four basic positions - straight, tuck, open pike and closed pike, out of the water prior to learning 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.
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.
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.
Use these helpful tips to improve your 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.
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? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
Learning and practicing dives should be based on fundamental building blocks or skills, learned in a series of progressions. Here are eight reasons why.
Beginner divers need to learn proper tuck position out of the water prior to learning dives. Page 2.
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 for diving come in a variety of different types depending on what your needs are.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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 diving involves what types of feedback a diver should receive in order to improve their ability to dive, and ultimately, their performance.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Do you have an old diving board that is just laying around? Here are six uses for that old springboard.
Wrist grips, or wrist wraps are used by many divers to alleviate the constant pounding that occurs when a diver hits the water.
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?
Dryland diving equipment can help a diving program and diving coach expand and enhance the ability to develop successful divers.
Proper pike position requires flexibility and technique, and an understanding of the differences between open and closed pike.
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
Women who have won multiple Olympic medals in the sport of springboard and platform 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.”
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.
Should spending too much time on the board during a diving contest be a penalty or not?
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.
Prolong the life of your valuable diving board by following these simple tips before storing the board for the winter.
Photos and images from past women's Olympic platform diving competition. Page 8.
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.
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 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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A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 4.
Divers must begin training at a young age in the competitive world of atheltics.
A multi-sport international competition, the Pan American Games are contested in the year prior to the Olympic Games.
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.
Find information on the steps needed to become an Olympic diver.
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 2.
Any diver or athlete can help move the recruiting process in the right direction. Here are seven important aspects to consider.
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships?
Pointing your toes in diving is a critical element in the overall impression of the dive.
Understand the sport of diving by becoming familiar with the basic elements of a dive and diving meets.
Profile of diver JJ Kinzbach. Diving.
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.
While the focus of twisting dives is the twist, the real meat and potatoes of the dive is the somersault.
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A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
Learning to do simple, repeated jumps on a trampoline can help improve balance and control in the hurdle.
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 and foot flexibility are often overlooked in the stretching routine for many divers.
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.
How does a diver make the USA Diving National Team and who is currently on the men's team?
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 rules for scoring synchronized diving can be bit confusing. Use this guideline to better understand the process.
Definition of the entry into the water in the sport of diving.
The biggest upsets, greatest finishes and dominant performances in Olympic diving competition.
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.
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 3.
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
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.
Images and photos of world and Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.
Definition of the degree of difficulty in the sport of competitive springboard and platform diving.
Here are six tips that even the most experienced diving coach should consider during a training session or practice.
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 in springboard, platform and synchronized diving events including multiple gold medal winners and Olympic standouts.
Controversies surrounding the diving competition at the Olympic Games.
How does a diver make the USA Diving National Team and who is currently on the Team?
When a diver receives a fail dive during a competition, they earn zero points. But why might a diver get a zero?
The AAU and USA Diving coexist as two governing bodies in the sport of competitive springboard and platform 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.
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.
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.
Excellent and exceptional dives many times receive scores of 10. So is the dive excellent and exceptional, or perfect?
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.
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 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.
Knowing what order to list your dives in competition is as easy as paying attention to your personality and how you are training.
Definition of a balk in springboard and platform diving.
Photos and images from past women's Olympic synchronized platform diving competition.
What is a bubbler? How a sparging system is used in diving.
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.
In the sport of diving, what is spotting and what type of equipment is used?
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.
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.
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 was recently named USA Diving High Performance Director. Here are some of his ideas for the future!
Find out what these U.S. Olympic divers have been doing since retiring from 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 is the international governing body for aquatic sports that includes competitive springboard and platform diving.
The classic forward approach and hurdle in diving consists of between three to five steps and a hurdle.
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 have the option of doing their dives in open or closed pike position. Which is better and why.
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.
While an incredibly effective tool for learning new dives, a bubbler is not a magic wand. Make sure you
If a diver balks in practice, chances are that it will effect their ability to compete well in a diving meet.
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.
Results from the women’s synchronized springboard competition at the 2012 Sumer Olympic Games in Beijing.
The gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the men's springboard diving competition in the Summer Olympic Games.
Grabbing the hands is an important technique when executing and flathand in springboard and platform diving. Page 5.
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.
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.
When doing a forward approach and hurdle on springboard, which knee should the diver use?
Profile of diver David Boudia, 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Member and national platform diving champion.
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.
A history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present. Page 5.
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 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.
Definition of the armstand dives in platform 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.
2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships results and photos.
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 double bounce in the sport of competitive springboard diving.
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 that ballet and dance training can help a diver become successful: flexibility, performance, rhythm and timing, core control, balance and form.