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Diving refers to the sport of acrobatically jumping or falling into water. Diving is an internationally-recognized Olympic sport. unstructured and non-competitive diving is a common recreational pastime in places where swimming is popular.
While not a particularly popular participant sport, diving is one of the more popular Olympic sports with spectators.
Diving as a sport is a swimming pool activity, only undertaken in approved diving pools, (pools with a sufficient depth of water for diving safely). Although separated in competition male and female divers compete the same dives on the same boards.
In common with its gymnastic relations, Diving is an activity for the young. starting from the age of six or seven from poolside heights, and working up to the high boards. Competitive divers rarely go on past their twenties.
Competitors posses many of the same characteristics as gymnasts including strength, flexibility, kinaesthetic judgment and air awareness.
Most diving competitions consist of three disciplines, of which one and three meter dives are performed from a springboard, Five to ten meter dives are performed from solid platform. Divers must perform a set number of dives according to various established requirements, including somersaults and twists in various directions and from different starting positions. Divers are judged on whether and how well they completed all aspects of the dive.The raw score is multiplied by a difficulty factor.
In common with other gymnastic type sports constant practise and training is essential. In diving, as scoring is multiplied by a difficulty factor, derived from the number and combination of movements attempted. The diver with the highest total score after a sequence of dives being declared the winner, successful divers are always trying to perfect an ever more difficult sequence of dives, which necessitates even more practise time.
As with other artistic sports, perfecting the perfect sequence remains the dream. In competition there club, national, international and world competitions. The ultimate being to compete at the Olympic games.
Swimming 592, Synchronized Diving 713, Gymnastics, Recreational Diving 205/781, Splash Diving 851, Highboard Diving 868.
Goggles, trunks and a cap are the only necessary equipment in diving, the costs that must be taken into account are; the pool hire fees, Travel costs to a suitable pool, and as you progress coaching fees.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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