Olympic Pool Synchronised Diving is one of the more recent inventions in diving!
Synchronised diving is a “wow” event.
Synchro Partners on Highboard Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow win the Bronze Medal Rio 2016 08/08/16
Synchro Partners on Springboard Chris Mears and Jack Laugher made GB diving history to Dive to first ever Diving GOLD in the 3M Synchronised Diving Rio 2016 12/08/16
Chris initially came from close to home.
The Albatross Diving Club of Reading
Jack Laugher went on to win the Silver Olympic Medal for the individual 3 M Springboard event. Rio 2016
A Tweet from Chris!
Now Back to Basics
Olympic pool diving first and foremost, is the spectacular invention of synchronised diving, when two divers dive as one. This wonderful competition was introduced into the Olympic Games in Athens in the year 2000. Two british boys won the silver medal! Peter Waterfield and Leon Taylor who is none other than our regular TV unique diving commentator. What a great honour for GB, and in this historic city too. The birth place of the Olympic Games. This awe-inspiring event is challenging, spectacular and very skilful…also good fun!
Diving pools are constructed nowadays for holding this superb event. An Olympic pool is certain to be built for synchronised diving events.
You may wonder why there are two 1m Springboards and two 3M springboards in the diving pool? Also wonder why your diving pool is closed for a while because the 10M platform is being widened. It may be already built this way though this modern day!
It’s all about Synchronised Diving Events for paired girls and paired boys and NEW! mixed pairs. This event was introduced at a recent World Championship. It’s just what it says- a girl and a boy! It brought our country a gold medal!
Much practise with a special combination of dives is part of your training programme. You partner up with another diver and become a pair. You wear the same costumes.
You practise over and over again. You take off from your own board and dive the same dive in time with your partner. One of you is responsible for the counting and the timing for the two of you to lift off from each board together. You will produce a “WOW” when you both perform your intricate dives ” as if you were one”
Your audience can’t help but catch their breath when your synchronised diving comes down from the 10M highboard. You both of course finish with a “rip” entry sucking the water down with you, hardly making a ripple. It makes the crowd want to jump up, shout and cheer.
How is your synchronised diving judged?
There are nine judges.
Two judges are allocated to each of you and judge the TECHNIQUE of your dives.
The remaining five judges mark purely the synchronisation or “togetherness” of your dives.
Diving synchronisation starts from both your approach’s to the end of the board – whether into a hurdle step or taking up your starting positions for a backward or inward take off. You may even develop the same mannerisms before starting your dives! For example you might wiggle your fingers when you are about to “go.” You might brush your hair out of your eyes together – whether it needs it or not! With your arms stretched down at the sides you could both move your elbows in and out until you feel a comfortable starting position. You might even make a final adjustment to your costumes!… and all this will be together… as one!
You choose which of you will give the signal to start walking down the board either forwards into a hurdle step or towards a standing take off for backwards and inwards group. You keep in time with each other as if “you were one.”
The judges will look at your take off. Are they as one? They study your take off from the board whether they are the same distance away from the board and height in the air. They analyse your movements in the air – however complex or simple. Last of all they eye up your entry points into the water. Are they “whoosh” together through the water and in line with each other?
It’s breathtaking when divers “get it together.” It will take hours of practise using the dry gym and poolside. You’ll begin with jumps and take offs. After getting the timing good you will steadily move up the heights of diving boards and increase the number of half somersaults and half twists.
Then …the 10 M highboard!
It is interesting to note that a top synchronised diving partnership could be training miles away from each other. Each diver could be at opposite ends of the country . They are so good at their job. When they meet up in their events’ Olympic pool, they are perfect!
You dive as a pair but dive as one
The opposite end of the scale.
You can take part in fun synchronised diving contests at club level. Usually winding up a club’s annual event/gala’ This is to develop you and the other divers, giving you chance to be inventive. You can dress up as the latest gremlin, fairy, 007, or officers of the law. Although hilarious losing a tu tu or two followed by tights, moustache and beard. It does however have the serious element of preparing you for the future. Lots of spirit grows ! diving together as one
As you move up and compete in regional competitions and above, then synchronised diving events become very serious.
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