Get Into Diving
Diving is one of the most popular Olympic sports with its athletic spins, twists and turns and star athletes such as Tom Daley. If you want to learn a little more and give it a go read on.
If you are at school check out our Under-16s' section for information on Flip 'n' Fun, a great introduction to divingDiving is a sport where the diver jumps into a pool from a platform or springboard at a range of heights.
Divers have many of the same characteristics as gymnasts and dancers, including: strength, flexibility, kinaesthetic judgment and air awareness.
During competitions, divers have to perform a set number of dives, and a dive breaks down into three main phases: takeoff, flight and entry.
Divers enter the water head-first and vertically from a springboard (1m, 3m) or platform (5m, 7.5m and 10m).
- The British Swimming diving zone has more on the fundamentals of diving
- Visit our London 2012 zone to hear diving explained by our top athletes such as Tom Daley
- Meet our top diving stars in our Aquatics Stars section
Who is diving suited to?
Diving is great for people who enjoy gymnastics, have strength and have good flexibility. You also need to have good mental strength.
How can I have a go?
Most swimming pools with diving boards will run adult lessons. You can also gain ASA certificates in diving to reward your good work.
However, you must be able to swim with confidence in 4m depth of water and be able to enter the water head first.