Dive Sheets and the Recorder. Proceedings for entering Competitions

Dive Sheets and the Recorder. Proceedings for entering Competitions

Dive Sheets and the Recorder. Proceedings for entering Competitions


Dive sheets are filled in by the diver and handed to the recorder to keep a running total of all the points awarded

Diving Recorders as with the other diving officials work their way up from club level, through district level and if inclined becomes a national diving recorder. They undertake tests and assessments at all these levels – the ultimate being an international diving recorder.

For every competition there is a minimum of two diving recorders plus the announcer. They will be working with the referee and of course the judges. The recorders are placed at a table which also accommodates the announcer. The Diving recorder will ask for Dive Sheets to be filled in.
A typical dive sheet to be filled in. There are official ones or club ones. So long as they have all these vital ingredients…

Dive sheets - image

A typical dive sheet. There are official ones or club ones. So long as they have all these vital ingredients

Before every competition the diving recorders have the responsibility to check your dive sheet and all the other competitors in the competition. This is to ensure that your dives and everyone else’s dives match the rules of your competition.

Taster sample of a Degrees of difficulty for springboard – “Tariff Table” This covers every dive by dive number and description, every body shape, every group, every board.

A reminder
Dive sheets along with Tariff Table - image

Full reminder here.  More below…

They also check that the correct degree of difficulty or value of the dive has been filled in correctly. They make sure you have written the dives in the order you will be performing them. This should meet the competitions requirements. They check also that your dive sheets (and everyone else’s) has been signed by you. By doing this you formally declare that the dives you have written on your sheet are the dives you will be doing.

You will be asked to hand in your dive sheets to the recorders at least an hour before the competition is due to start. It can be even longer beforehand.

If the recorders haven’t received your dive sheets within the stated time the referee in fact could disqualify you!…seriously!  it depends how important the competition is.  But don’t worry. It will be one of your very first competitions and your coach will be behind you and you would be forgiven.

Once the competition has started the recorders have to be very alert. Following each of your dives the judges award their points. The announcer then reads them out. One recorder is listening and writing them down whilst the other recorder is looking and writing them down.

5 Judges
As you see  this is a panel of  five judges – which is normal.  Very good marks  for one of your  dives in your very first competition…bravo!

Dive sheets - working out score-simage

Judge 1 awards you 5.0
Judge 2 awards you 4.5
Judge 3 awards you 5.5 (the strokes means “and a half”)
Judge 4 awards you 4.5
Judge 5 awards you 4.0

There is no need for judge 3 and judge 5 to blush – this is all part of the scoring and…it is what the judge sees. Always the top and bottom points are knocked off. Note – if the lowest or highest scores are more than one the same – then just one of each is knocked off

This leaves 5,  4.5,  4.5, = 14

These 14 points are then multiplied by the dive’s degree of difficulty which is 1.5 = 21

Dive sheets - final marks - image


The total award for your dive is 21 points – well done!

The diving recorders have to work this way for every one of your dives…and your rivals. Just imagine if there are 20 divers in the competition and they all have to perform 6 dives. After each dive the two diving recorders compare their results and if they tally then the announcer carries on announcing the next dive for the next diver. If they don’t tally then the error has to be found there and then. This all happens in a flash. Recorders have to be good with their figures, and very fast, but there is a ready reckoner at hand.  All this is recorded on your dive sheets.

 7  Judges
Just imagine you are on the International circuit now and diving for your country. The normal 5 judges are extended to 7  The dashes represent half a point. This is the normal way diving recorders write this.
You have been awarded these point from the 7 judges. Very good!


The same method applies as with 5 judges except the highest 2 and the lowest 2 are knocked off which will be 8 and 8.5 knocked off and the 7 and one of the 7.5  off  will be knocked out.
Which leaves…,  = 22.5


Dive sheets - international scoring - image

This is multiplied by your dives degree of difficulty…wow!  2.7 = 60.75 points for your dive. Great stuff.

Imagine again the diving recorders working out each individual diver’s dives. The quarter finals can have as many as 20-25 divers and all diving 10 dives each.  That’s a lot.

Post Competitions
Following any competition the recorders ensures the referee signs off all the dive sheets declaring them all to be correct according to FINA Law.  FINA already discussed in a previous chapter.

Dive sheets are signed by the Referee at the end of the competitions - image
The ASA Dive sheets are usually in carbon triplicate for major events. A copy is given to the diver, the club or event records, and the ASA. (Minor club and inter-club competitions are given to the diver or coach only. They can then be copied if necessary.) BUT…if they have been transmitted on Dive Recorder read on below. Then they will be on record anyway.

Welcome to Dive Recorder
Dive recorder is sure some major fantastic electronic equipment used all over the world.  Invented by Malcolm Taylor from UK this device is used on poolside and runs throughout the competition. It collates all the diving results from all diving competitions from over the world and stores them on record indefinitely.

The ingenious part is that you can be sitting at home and watch the competitions progress. So… if your grandparents were unable to travel to your competition, they can look up Dive Recorder  on the internet.  They then look which competitions are being “broadcast live”  They then look for yours.  They then click on the live results tab,  and watch your progress unfurl along with your rivals!  No visual live action…yet

The judges hold electronic handsets and feed in their points for your dive. These not only show up on the recorders table but on a screen for the spectators to follow. As the recorders keep the running totals up to the second these are also automatically projected onto the screen. The spectators know how their children are performing all the way through the competition. This can produce some nail biting experiences – especially if they know their child diver needs a few extra points to beat you!  As each round finishes the positions of the divers change nearly all the time. Nail biting especially occurs on the last round of dives when the final positions are calculated and set in stone!

TO CHAPTER 19 -” The Competitions you are aiming for”

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