Guide To Diving

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Diving is an exciting sport that brings together acrobatics and Aquatics


Diving is a sport where you jump into water from a platform or springboard at a range of heights while getting your body into a range of positions.

Under supervision at a club or training centre, it is one of the safest ways to get an adrenaline buzz.

Total dedication and hours of practice are needed to master the art of diving, but everyone needs to start somewhere.

For beginners, it’s important to get tuition from qualified coaches to ensure that you learn the complex techniques safely.

There are two different types of diving boards used in competitive diving.

In springboard events, divers launch into the water from a height of either 1m or 3m. While platform diving involves starting from a firm board which is either 5m, 7.5m or 10m from the surface (or more if you progress to cliff diving).

Each dive is split into three parts – ‘take off’ can either be front facing or back facing, the ‘flight’ is a combination of up-to-four different body positions (straight, pike, tuck and free) and the ‘entry’ is how the diver enters the water.

British Swimming provide a comprehensive list of diving competitions.

From beginners to experts, children to adults, diving courses are run at swimming pools throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Adult’s Getting Into Diving

If you fancy a new challenge why not give diving a go? You don’t have to start on the 10m board, there are 1m and 5m options to start you off.

Diving isn’t just for the young or the elite, it can be done by many different people of varied strength and ability. The ASA have sessions for beginners and people who have never dived before.

Don’t worry, you won’t be expected to dive off the 10m board on your first session, lessons will start on poolside and progress on to the boards as you your confidence levels rise.

Diving is great for improving flexibility, core strength and posture and is an excellent sport to give a go if you fancy a new challenge. So if you want a bit more excitement in the pool then give diving a try.

Finding a diving club in your area is easy. Go to our Find Clubs page today and let us find one for you.

Why Start?

It’s exciting and a way of combining acrobatic skills with swimming !

Who is it for?

Anyone who has a head for heights, is flexible and wants to put their aquatic skills to the test.

Are there any prerequisites?

You must be a capable swimmer and have courage , flexibility and core strength.

What are the benefits?

It is a great way to keep active and get the adrenaline going !

How much will it cost?

Something like diving will always require a certain level of tuition – costs will vary but some pools may offer ‘taster’ sessions.

Can I take it to another level?

If you’ve been diving for a while and want to start competing, you can enter novice or even Masters events.

What Equipment do I need?

Swimming costume/trunks and desire !

Where can I take part?

Look out at your local pool – not all pools have diving boards – but find your local club in the links section below.

Is there helpful technology?

Not known …

Top Tips

It is important to get tuition from qualified coaches

It may be beneficial to combine this with additional gymnastics or trampoline training.

Facts & Stats

The first recorded championship in the UK was the Championships of Scotland held in 1889.
During this the action comprised a dive from the side of the bath, a dive from about six feet, and a surface dive.

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How to get started

Links to where to find nearest …

Key words to search on

Governing body etc – find a club near you – provides a comprehensive list of diving competitions.

Links to related information

Volunteers are the lifeblood of swimming and diving clubs and volunteering is a great way to learn new skills as many clubs offer training for their volunteers.

To find out more about what volunteering entails, the Amateur Swimming Association can help.

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