Diving is an internationally recognizable sport due to its thrilling strength and grace. The sport is a mixture of gymnastics and water.
In Canada, it is hard to find centres that specialize in diving, but thankfully our athletes Alexander Despatie, Blythe Hartley, and Emily Heymans brought some world renowned fame back to the sport.
Diving is very much an individual sport; mainly focusing on the relationship between the body and the board. This is where the sport truly begins; whether on 1 metre, 3 metre springboard, or platform, the positioning of the body is key. The purpose of diving is to seamlessly use the flexibility of the board and height to acrobatically flip and twist into multiple body positions; ultimately landing completely vertical into the water without splash. As all the components of the dive are pieced together, the athlete can achieve perfect 10’s across the board.
Of course, this sport is based on points. The execution and the difficulty of the dive are both taken into account to score the athlete. After their set of required and elective dives are all finished, the total scores of the dives are calculated for each athlete. As per usual with all scored sports, each dive is out of 10.
There are many complicated positions in diving, but with practice they can become part of a routine. The main body positions are straight, tuck, and pike. These positions are also paired with the directions of approach: front, back, reverse, and inward. The positions can be beautiful on their own and could also be part of flips and twists. When a dive is called out, it is represented by 3 numbers and 1 letter.
000 ( )
The first digit represents the direction of approach: 1 = front, 2 = back, 3 = reverse, and 4 = inward. The second digit will usually be a “0” meaning a normal somersault (no delay). The third digit represents the number of half rotations: 3 = 1 1/2 somersaults. The letters represent the body position in the air: A = straight, B = Pike, and C = Tuck. The combination of the numbers and letters tell the judges and spectators what to look for. This number also indicates to the judging table of how to calculate the degree of difficulty attached to each combination of dive.
Every integral step of diving is key to the sports success. No matter how complicated the dive may be, the basic steps can be built upon to grow as an athlete. Strength and grace are perfectly mixed in diving to create artistry through air into water.
Training group will be based on the participants’ age.
- Must be at least 5 years of age by May 1st
- be able to receive instruction from a coach within a group setting and behave accordingly
To register for Summer Diving 2017, click here