Learning to Dive – learn the skills
Learning to dive means gaining many skills and self achievement. This is a message for children or learner adults – any age! It’s good fun whether you choose learning to dive to take part in competitions for your club, or even your country with the bits in between! or whether you choose to learn diving for pure enjoyment or fun. Either way what better challenging; amazing healthy past time can you choose?
It a lovely feeling to spin; turn and twist in the air. You poise yourself wondering whether you will have the balance when you reach the end of the diving board; and the courage to lift yourself high waiting for either a floating graceful feeling down to the water; or a sudden explosion of energy into lots of twist and somersaults in the air – “ Gosh, will I get all of it in before I reach the water?” you ask yourself.
What about those entries into the water? It’s a wonderful feeling of pulling all your muscles as tight as tight as can be, squeezing your ears with the tops of your arms and feeling yourself sucking the water down with you as you go down into the water from a highboard. All the people above the water will see nothing but a few bubbles as your beautifully pointed feet disappear under the water. This is called “RIPPING” your entries.
Learning to dive includes “ripping ” the entries. This means sucking the splash down with you, instead of it whooshing up above the water. This is very skilled and very artistic, and electrifying for the audience. Your coach will spend many an hour teaching you this “just perfectly” to score very high points. Below is Ben who is trying very hard! It takes lots of practise.
There are other kind of entries into the water? Water looks so blue, soft and inviting, but…sometimes you can get muddled in the air, completely lose your train of thought, and OUCH! That same water is brutally hard, winding you, stinging your body, and it hurts all over. My oh my! Just look at those bruises emerging over your skin any shade of blue, purple, green or yellow!
It’s no laughing matter of course but it will make you hero diver of the week when you attend school next day. What better title could be given to springboard diving children!
This can happen when you want to run before you can walk! Understandably you are enthusiastic and ambitious. Another reason is that you are tired and lose your concentration. Your focus can easily be upset when you are thinking of too many things at once or too soon.
It is important children that you progress slowly, step by step over a longer period. For you to be sensible and not attend lessons when you are unwell. You are not sharp and fast thinking when a bit out of sorts.
Talking about being alert and sharp, there are dangers to be aware of in the pool and around the diving boards. Alway listen carefully to your coach;
♦ never push anyone from the boards;
♦ be the only one on the board;
♦ always jump in line with the board and never to the side,
♦ and be sure never to swim under the diving boards.
It is advisable not to attempt new exercises unless your coach is with you, or perform any movement from the board with your back to the water. Dive safely to be safe! And you will be looked up to and others will learn from your fine examples. Parents will be proud of you – you are their diving her!
You will achieve more at a faster rate if you have “Style” and a “Look at me” attitude. If you carry yourself well – that is – have a straight back; pulled in tummy; good square shoulders; your diving exercises will come a little easier to you. Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself as having good deportment?… that is…walking like a model when showing off clothes – your diving exercises will teach you to carry yourself well.
Points to know when learning to dive. If you are aware of what your body does when you move around and have natural ability to stretch your muscles and point your feet and toes you’re half way there! Can you tell if your legs are together or apart? All these qualities will help you balance well on the board, look beautiful in the air all the way right down to your famous “rip” into the water.
To be able to FEEL your body movements controlled, to FEEL whether your muscles are tight or slack. You are then well on the way to learning very quickly.
Don’t fret if you cannot feel as good as this, you will become a very good diver by practising all the exercises streamlined to help you on the way.
All these points mentioned become as effortless as breathing or if you are older enough…driving a car! It does involve a lot of hard work if you are going to take this diving business seriously. Like anything else though, if you enjoy anything, you don’t notice the hard work do you?!
Learning to dive is a good decision!
CHAPTER 4- “Joining a Club”