Diving tips

Diving tips in springboard diving for happier landings

Diving tips for basic springboard

Diving Tips for the new teacher and novice diver.

Diving Tips were my personal notes for new teachers at a new Club start up. (Recently celebrated it’s 40th Anniversary!)

Diving tips are found in the list of dives presented down below,  and were for very beginner diving teachers. They are taken from the original manuscript pages. I don’t pretend they are magnificent!  These diving tips are simply everything jotted down for the moment following a training session. Thoughts in my mind, what I experienced and how I experimented, and reasons why things happened.
For likely beginner teachers – I’m sharing these!  you never know they may help.  The links will lead you to the specific text page where you’ll also find a pdf download to print. The pdf’s are my notes written in my own hand, ” scribbled using stick men, and are just as they were and are!”
Hope you can read my writing (notes not changed in any way). I suggest they are printed off to have time to decipher my writing! I’m steadily working down the list.

Similarly my little stars of the story, Lani here, and Celie somewhere, takes you through the process of learning about diving in the other section!

Diving Tips

Feet first Entries & Forward Straight Jump
Forward Dive Straight 
Forward Tuck Jump
Forward Tuck Dive
Forward Pike Jump
Forward Piked Dive
Forward Single Somersault Tucked
Forward One and a Half Somersaults with Tuck
Forward One and a Half Somersault Piked

Backward Straight Jump
Backward Straight Dive 
Backward Tuck Jump & Dive
Backward Pike Jump & Dive
Backward One Somersault Tucked
Backward One and a Half Somersault Tucked

Recap on Basic Mechanics of Diving

Diving tips


Reverse Jump Straight
Reverse Dive Straight
Reverse Dive with Tuck
Reverse Dive Piked
Reverse Somersault with Tuck

Inward Dive with Tuck
Inward Dive Piked
Inward Dive Straight
Inward Somersault with Tuck

Twist Dive with Half Twist Straight
Backward Dive with half Twist
Backward One and a Half Somersault with Half Twist

Adapting and applying one of “Newton’s Laws”

Once set in rotation a diver will continue rotating on and forever – they cannot stop! this is unless acted upon by an outside force – in our case the water.

Body positions. Doving tips on centre of balance - image

The red ball is nature’s invisible centre of balance.

The RATE or speed of rotation however can be altered. Imagine a diver diving into a bottomless pit.  Turning turning turning and will continue forever until something from outside the divers body (an outside force) stops the turning. The RATE of turn speeds up or slows down affected by the shape of the body and the positioning of the limbs. E.g. whether out and away from the body’s centre of balance,  or closer to the body,  being nearer the centre of ba

In a divers case body positions are – A Straight;  B Piked;  C Tucked;  See the body positions chapter below.

The diver is taught the skill of slowing down rotation ( stored forever in his/her body) and appearing to make a vertical entry into the water. The diver changes body shape to slow down rotation by stretching out and ‘lining up’ ready for that perfect 10 entry. This is obtained by moving limbs and chest away from the centre of balance. The aim is to achieve this consistently “just at the right time.”

When entering the water (which acts as the outside force)  the diver APPEARS to have stopped turning, and passes through the water looking near vertical. Splashless…  for a perfect 10!
In truth however the body will continue to turn under the water albeit very much slower, until the diver applies a counterforce action to stop it.  More detail here – pdf download!


Body Positions during flight through the air when diving

Diving Basic Mechanics. Understanding solves and saves

Beginner Springboard Diving Teachers – own personal notes


Anne Green Jessel ¬©


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