Springboard Diving Facts

For those who are interested in diving, there are some springboard diving facts that need to be considered. Diving can be a fun and entertaining sport to watch, especially if spectators have an idea of what they are watching. Below are some diving examples that will help individuals get a better understanding of what to look for when attending a diving match.

The Approach An approach is when a diver walks down the board, where they "press" the board on the last step. A typical approach consists of four steps. 

The Press The press is the last step during the approach. The press is used by the diver to find the rythm with the board. 

The Hurdle The hurdle occurs after the press and is when the diver leaps from one leg, landing on the board with two legs. A good, fundamental hurdle is key for competitive divers. 

Straight Dive Position The straight dive position is when a diver's body is fully extended and rigid as possible. Since the body is rigid, it is unlikely the diver will do any types of acrobatics, such as somersaults, since the object is for the body to remain stiff. 

Pike This type of dive is positioned with the body only being bent at the hips, with legs straight with arms and head near the ankles. This position has a much smaller radius than the straight dive; therefore, oftentimes divers attempt to comlete a series of somersaults before hitting the water. 

Tuck A tuck is when the body is bent at the hips and knees, creating a very small raduis. This position has the potential for the greatest forward momentum, meaning more somersaults can be attained. 

Diving is a very fun sport; however, without proper practice, it can be dangerous. Before attempting complex stuts such as somersaults or twists, be sure to master the basics. When watching a diving event, it is important to realize the work and effort that the divers undergo in order to master their craft. 

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