FINA diving. All things have a price!
FINA Diving Degree of Difficulty. Dive values set in a tariff table
FINA Diving – Federation Internationale de Nation Amateur, is a group of persons “up top” from around the world who set the rules for our aquatic sports.
Just like the price of your track suit, they set or agree on the “price” for every dive. What it’s worth. Everyone of your dives will have a value. From the time you start learning to dive, right up to the Olympic Games and World Championships, all the dives you learn will have a value.
We have talked about the different turning directions you travel in the air recap at the end of this page…
Remember that your dives are learned and built upon starting with half a somersault. As you progress you will be adding more and more half somersaults in these directions, possibly right up to three and a half somersaults, even four and a half somersaults. Also these dives with any combination of twist, two twists, three twists and four twists! and we mustn’t forget the shape of the dive…recap at the end of this page…
Of course it goes without saying that all these fantastic dives with the extra somersaults and twists become more difficult to learn, let alone master for competition. It’s therefore not surprising that the value of them are higher, and it’s even more not surprising that the value is also known as the “degree of difficulty.”
The FINA diving “panel” as mentioned, is a group of people that sit at the top of the sport. This panel makes decisions on the laws of our sport. There are representatives from many countries that take part in discussions. Decisions and regulations are made and this includes the standards for organising competitions.
Officials at varying levels involved in diving competition decide how many dives and from which groups are performed at the varying levels of competition e.g national, international etc. They consider also…divers in age groups e.g. Under 10 years; 11 – 13 years ; 14- 15 years; 16 – 18 years and above etc etc. All competitions must be dived within the FINA set of rules. FINA diving decides how dives are marked, and recorded and for simplicity, the conduct of competitions.
The FINA diving “listed’ dives have an appropriate value (degree of difficulty). It is known as the “Tariff Table”. There are loads of pages of dives which cover the dive number; description; board height; shape (A B C or D). There is a section for springboard and a section for highboard (platform).
Here are snippetts of the FINA tariff Table for Highboard and Springboard
Your diving coach will have one of these in hand. An example is the top picture showing Lani diving a forward dive piked (B shape) from the I metre springboard.
So you see how the dives, your dives are given a “price” The reason being that these values are very important when it comes to your points for a dive in your diving competitions. The dive value “price” is multiplied by the judges score for each of your dives. More about that later.
Divers are invited to create additional dives and work out their dive values. They used to have to perform them in front of the FINA diving ‘panel’. If they were not acceptable they would not be added to the tariff table. However! innovations are now recognised. There is a special formula to work out their unique degree of difficulty.
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