Platform Diving Teaching Tips
Platform diving teaching tips can help you develop excellent divers on your swim team. No matter what skill level you divers are now, with the right guidance and practice, they can become excellent platform divers who can win competitions. However, it’s up to you as their teacher to give them the support and knowledge they need to be successful.
- Learn about the different types of dives. There are various types of platform dives that you can teach your divers. These include the forward groups of dives, the backward group, the inward and reverse groups, the twisting group and the arm stand group. Research these dives and attend a few competitions to get a better idea of how they’re executed and scored.
- Nourish your divers. Before an intense platform diving practice or before a competition, many divers do not prefer to eat solid foods. However, this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have something in their stomachs. A health drink or smoothie can often give them the energy they need. They also need to stay well hydrated as dehydration can inhibit performance.
- Watch you platform divers. As each diver takes their turn during practice, watch their form carefully as if you are a judge in the competition. Make a note to yourself about how the diver can improve and what he or she did well.
- Critique your platform divers. Once the dive is over, talk with your diver about the notes you took. Start by saying something positive about their dive Confidence is very important in platform diving. Then, let each diver know how they can improve and what they need to work on. End the talk with words of encouragement and another compliment.
- Talk with other platform diving teachers. When you have an issue or don’t know quite how to deal with a problem, get advice from more experienced teachers. Odds are, they have encountered the issue before and can help advise you.