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.
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 (FINA specifications) in order to ensure a safe diving environment.
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.
During the flight of a dive, the body of the diver must be held in one of four positions: tuck, pike, straight, and free.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Shammys are important in the world of diving, so follow this advice to keep yours working well for season after season.
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.
Equipment to begin diving starts with any type of swimsuit, a shammy, and an athletic bag.
Beginner divers need to learn four basic positions - straight, tuck, open pike and closed pike, out of the water prior to learning dives.
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.
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.
If you want to rip dives on a consistent basis, set a goal of having all your dives enter the water head first.
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.
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.
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.
One of the four positions, the pike position is performed with the knees straight and the body bent at the waist.
Use these helpful tips to improve your diving.
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.
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.
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.
Learning and practicing dives should be based on fundamental building blocks or skills, learned in a series of progressions. Here are eight reasons why.
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.
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.
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?
Coaching diving involves what types of feedback a diver should receive in order to improve their ability to dive, and ultimately, their performance.
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.
Trampoline beds for diving come in a variety of different types depending on what your needs are.
What is Olympic diving? Find information on the competition, events, rules, and road to become an Olympic champion.
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.
A Duraflex diving board and Durafirm diving stand are the only choice for competitive springboard diving equipment.
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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.
Beginner divers need to learn proper tuck position out of the water prior to learning dives. Page 2.
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.
Find information on the steps needed to become an Olympic diver.
Here are several coaching tips that every coach can use to make their time with a diver more effective.
Do you have an old diving board that is just laying around? Here are six uses for that old springboard.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
While the focus of twisting dives is the twist, the real meat and potatoes of the dive is the somersault.
Understand the sport of diving by becoming familiar with the basic elements of a dive and diving meets.
Prolong the life of your valuable diving board by following these simple tips before storing the board for the winter.
The biggest upsets, greatest finishes and dominant performances in Olympic diving competition.
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.
Profile of Steele Johnson, a USA Diving National Team member, Junior Pan American Games gold medalist and ten-time junior national champion.
A multi-sport international competition, the Pan American Games are contested in the year prior to the Olympic Games.
Any diver or athlete can help move the recruiting process in the right direction. Here are seven important aspects to consider.
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!
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.
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.”
Profile of U.S. National Diving Team member Abby Johnston, a member of the 2011 World Championships and 2012 World Cup teams.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 classic forward approach and hurdle in diving consists of between three to five steps and a hurdle.
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.
Definition of the degree of difficulty in the sport of competitive springboard and platform diving.
How does a diver make the USA Diving National Team and who is currently on the men's team?
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.
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.
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.
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 simple, repeated jumps on a trampoline can help improve balance and control in the hurdle.
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.
How does a diver make the USA Diving National Team and who is currently on the Team?
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.
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.
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 a bubbler? How a sparging system is used in diving.
Definition of a balk in springboard and platform diving.
Dryland diving equipment can help a diving program and diving coach expand and enhance the ability to develop successful divers.
Important characteristics of spotting rope.
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.
Success in high school diving has as much to do with knowing how a meet will be judged as much as the diving itself.
When a diver receives a fail dive during a competition, they earn zero points. But why might a diver get a zero?
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.
FINA is the international governing body for aquatic sports that includes competitive springboard and platform diving.
Proper pike position requires flexibility and technique, and an understanding of the differences between open and closed pike.
The FINA Diving World Cup takes place twice every quadrennium, at the midpoint between Olympic Games and in the Olympic year.
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.
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.
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 diagnose a proper rip entry in diving ... watch the bubbles. Coaches should watch the bubbles on an entry to tell if a diver is using proper technique on an entry.
Learning new dives is an important aspect of diving. Learning when to use those new dives in competition is equally important. When and where to add a new dive to your diving list is an important part of learning to compete.
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.
Should spending too much time on the board during a diving contest be a penalty or not?
In synchonized diving, two divers of the same gender perform the same dives from different boards on the same level, at the same time.
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.
Photos and images from past women's Olympic platform diving competition.
Pointing your toes in diving is a critical element in the overall impression of the dive.
Divers must begin training at a young age in the competitive world of atheltics.
Definition of the entry into the water in the sport of diving.
A brief history of diving in the Olympics from 1904 to the present.
Photos and images from past women's Olympic platform diving competition. Page 7.
If a diver balks in practice, chances are that it will effect their ability to compete well in a diving meet.
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.
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.
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.
A line up is a particular diving skill that is practiced in order to improve body alignment and entry into the water.
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.
What exactly is the NCAA Division I Zone diving and what school goes where?
When doing a forward approach and hurdle on springboard, which knee should the diver use?
Here are six tips that even the most experienced diving coach should consider during a training session or practice.
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.
: "Riding the Board" is a term in diving that describes the action of landing on the springboard during
As a diver involed in the college recruiting process, be prepared to ask the right questions of the diving coach or recruiting coordinator.
Profile of Dashiell Enos, a USA Diving National Team member, Junior Pan American Games gold medalist and eight-time junior national champion.
USA Diving annually conducts an East and West Spring Junior National Championship that takes place no later than the first weekend in May
A crow hop is an movement in diving that is illegal in some organizaitons and overlooked in others.
Should there be differences in the fulcrum settings for different dives?
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.
How does a diver qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships?
Profile of diver David Boudia, 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Member and national platform diving champion.
While an incredibly effective tool for learning new dives, a bubbler is not a magic wand. Make sure you
The entry into the water during a dive, with little or no splash.
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.
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Definition of the armstand dives in platform diving.
A position that the diver achieves prior to the entry into the water. It is characterized by the diver’s body forming a straight line from the head to the pointed toes.
Win a world cup and you can be considered a world champion. Win a world cup and an Olympic gold in the same year and you are the man ... or woman!
The gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the women's springboard diving competition in the Summer Olympic Games.
Women's 3-meter springboard world cup diving medalists since 1979. Page 2.
The straight position is characterized by no bend in either the hips or knees. The arm position is the choice of the diver.
Dryland diving instruction and equipment - What to use, why it is important, and tips and techniques.
Columbian Divers Manuela Rios Lemus and Daniela Garcia compete at the 2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Page 9.
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 hurdle is the last movement of a diver prior to the takeoff from the diving board.
2010 FINA Junior World Diving Championships results and photos.
The loud noise a diver or coach hears when a springboard diving board is used is usually the result of missing or broken nyliners in the hinge that attaches the diving board to the diving stand. Replacing these pieces will make the diving board quieter and function better.
The rules for scoring synchronized diving can be bit confusing. Use this guideline to better understand the process.
The gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the men's springboard diving competition in the Summer Olympic Games.
Definition of the forward approach in springboard and platform diving.