Get Into Platform Diving Culture
It takes tenacity and determination to get into platform diving culture. Platform diving is one of the most rigorous and exacting forms of diving competition there is. It's also a rather rare form of competition, so getting into platform diving might prove difficult. Here are four tips to help you get into diving platform culture easily, quickly and painlessly.
- Join a local divers' league. Divers' leagues are different from swimming teams or diving classes. They're competitive leagues that function much the way professional platform divers' teams function. The only difference is that divers' leagues are open to nonprofessionals and are generally more friendly in nature. Many fitness centers and community centers have divers' leagues. If you don't live in a coastal city, your league may not have many members. In some rural communities, such a league may not exist. Don't worry though—there are plenty of other ways to get into platform diving culture.
- Create a divers' group using social networking. Social networking sites are a great way to connect with like-minded folks and build community where none existed before. If you are in a city that doesn't have a divers' league, consider building one from the ground up using social networking sites that focus on sports, athletes and recreation.
- Attend platform diving competitions. Shell out the money and carve out the time to visit a few cities with a large platform diving scene. Attending competitions will not only help you hone your own competitive diving, but will also increase the likelihood of you making connections in the wider community.
- Enter triathlon trainings, marathon trainings and boot camps. This may sound surprising, but nearly all platform divers use intense physical trainings that are not diving-related in the early part of their careers. Attending such trainings; it's likely that you'll bump into a few up-and-coming platform divers and you'll get those abs, too!