Key Dives And Diving Positions

Ready to take the plunge and get into diving? Here are the key dives and diving positions you need to be aware of.

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The dives

There are five categories of dives according to the type of takeoff and flight. In platform diving, an additional category — the armstand dive — is added:

  • Forward dive: the diver faces forwards and rotates forwards away from the board.

  • Backward dive: the diver faces backwards and rotates backwards away from the board.

  • Reverse dive: the diver faces forwards and rotates backwards towards the board.

  • Inward dive: the diver faces backwards and rotates forwards towards the board.

  • Twisting dive: any dive with a twist is included in this group, whether forward, backward, reverse or inward.

  • Armstand dive: the diver begins the dive from a motionless handstand on the edge of the platform These are performed only from solid platforms.

Dive positions

The basics positions the diver will take up in a dive are as follows:

  • Straight dive: the diver’s body remains straight.

  • Pike dive: the diver bends his/her body forward at the waist. The legs are straight and the toes are pointed.

  • Tuck dive: the diver bends his/her knees, bringing or ‘tucking’ the knees and thighs closer to the chest and heels toward the buttocks.

  • Free dive: a combination of straight, pike or tuck, used only in twisting dives.

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