Diving is the sport of jumping or falling into water from a platform or springboard, sometimes while performing acrobatics.
• Competitors have to possess strength, flexibility, kinaesthetic judgment and air awareness.
• Dives may be performed from either a springboard or a platform.
• The springboard is a flexible, light, and springy aluminum-alloy board with a non-slip surface.
• The diver can spring upward to obtain extra height in the dive, giving more time in the air to do somersaults and twists.
• Springboards are either 1 or 3 meters high; the distance is measured from the surface of the water to the bottom of the board.
• In Olympic, regional, national, and international competitions, the 3-meter springboard is used.
• Time of take-off
• Height attained
• Synchronisation of rotations and twists
• Time of entry to the water
• Forward travel from the board
• Straight -with no bend at the knees or hips.
• Pike - The open pike is a variant where the arms are reached to the side, and the legs are brought straight out with a bend in the hips.
• Tuck -Body folded up in a tight ball, hands holding the shins and toes pointed.
• Free – indicates a twisting dive, and a combination of other positions.
Types of diving
Criteria for Judging a Dive
• 0: Completely Failed
• ½ - 2: Unsatisfactory
• 2½ - 4½: Deficient
• 5 - 6½: Satisfactory
• 7 - 8: Good
• 8½ - 9½: Very good
• 10: Excellent
• Clerk of Course
• Inspectors of Turns
• Finish Judges
• Desk Control
• Group 1, the diver takes off facing forward and rotates forward
• Group 2, the diver takes off with their back to the water and rotates backward.
• Group 3, the diver takes off facing forward and rotates backward.
• Group 4, the diver takes off with their back to the water and rotates forward.
• Group 5, any dive incorporating an axial twisting movement.
• Group 6,any dive commencing from a handstand is in the Arm stand.
• Summer Olympics
• World Aquatics Championships
• Commonwealth Games
• Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA)