Diving and the ASA
Diving is one of the most spectacular and exciting aquatic sports and involves one or two divers performing spins, twists and somersaults into a pool from a series of heights.
The recent international successes of Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley as well as his mainstream TV show Splash! have brought diving well and truly into the public eye and participation has never been higher.
Use the buttons below to find out more about how you can get involved with the sport in England.
About The Sport
Competitive diving involves an immense amount of strength, flexibility and courage.
Divers leap from heights of between 1m and 10m, performing a variety of twists and spins in different positions before entering the water as smoothly and cleanly as possible to impress a group of judges.
The difficulty of a dive can vary greatly depending on their starting position, body position throughout the dive and the number of and types of rotations or twists performed during the dive.
- Click here for an introduction to the fundamentals of diving on the British Swimming website with details about body positions, dive groups, degree of difficulty and scoring.
There are many ways to access the sport of diving, and it does not necessarily start with a 10m International venue on your doorstep.
Once a swimmer has reached Level 7 of the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, it is recommended that they are then encouraged to take part in different aquatic disciplines to develop their fundamental sports skills.
Stages 8, 9 and 10 of the Pathway for diving are known as the Flip n Fun programme and involve an introduction to diving fundamentals, with exercises introducing body control, rotation, tension and the feel for the water and the pool environment.
There are two Flip n Fun awards which compliment the seven learn to dive awards in the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway.
- Click here to find out more about Flip n Fun and learning to dive with the ASA on our Go Swimming pages.
Join A Club
Once you've earned all your learn to dive badges and certificates then you're ready to step up to the next level and join a diving club.
There are many ASA clubs across England offering coaching, the chance to compete and progress along the England Talent Performance Pathway.
Many clubs also teach the basic Flip n Fun levels and Learn to Dive grades so you don't necessarily have to have mastered the basics before joining.
- Click here to find your nearest diving club with Poolfinder.
- Click here for more information about diving competitions.
If you are interested in coaching diving, your first port of call would be to get qualified. In order to do this you will need to have completed the following qualifications:
- Level 1 in Diving - an introduction to the knowledge, skills and understanding of safe and ethical principals for effective coaching practices in diving.
- Level 2 in Diving - this qualification will provide the learner with the knowledge, skills and techniques of coaching and enable the learner to effectively plan, prepare, deliver, monitor and evaluate theory and practical diving sessions.
There are then further qualifications you can progress on to in order to aid your coaching career.
- Head to our pre-filtered Courses Calendar to find a course near you.
Connie Montgomery - ASA Talent Development Officer
3 Oakwood Drive
T: 07796 352617
For regional diving enquiries, please use the following contacts:
- North West - Carlos Ferra (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- North East - Gail Harrison (email@example.com, 01977 551910 (wk), 07801 980436 (m), 16 Brierlands Close, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 2NT)
- East - Bill Clark (Bill.Clark1@talktalk.net, 07709 510680, 74 Midhurst Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 0NR)
- London - Chris Snode (ChrisSnode@me.com, 07770 994043, Flat 8, Cresswell Drive, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3FW)
- South East - Frank Clewlow (firstname.lastname@example.org, 0238 022 1707, 9 Northlands Gardens, Southampton, SO15 2NL)