Learn to Swim Companion

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Diving Awards

All Awards

The Diving 1-7 Awards cover seven levels of progressive diving skills, starting at complete beginner and taking the diver through to club level skills.

They are designed as an exit route for swimmers from the Learn to Swim Framework to enter diving and are suitable for use at pools and centres that have diving boards on site.

The Awards have been developed in consultation with British Diving, pool operators, diving clubs and a number of diving experts and coaches.

They seek to align all coaching across the country to ensure consistency of delivery. This gives divers progressing through to the talent pathway a defined level and quality of skills.

Emphasis is placed on diver experience with a smooth progression of skills. They are suitable for children who have been through Learn to Swim Stages 1-7 of the Learn to Swim Framework, and also those who have completed the Learn to Swim Stages 8-10 Diving.

Children receive a badge, certificate and sticker on completing each Award. They can also get an additional skill sticker for achieving a particular skill.

Diving Awards Objectives

Diving 1

To pass Diving 1 divers have to:

  1. Forward jump straight from poolside
  2. Back jump straight from poolside
  3. Forward jump tuck from poolside
  4. Forward tuck roll from poolside*
  5. Forward pike fall from poolside
  6. Forward jump straight from 1 metre

Diving 2

To pass Diving 2 divers have to:

  1. Back push and glide into back circle from poolside
  2. Back jump tuck from poolside
  3. Forward dive crouched from poolside*
  4. Back tuck roll from poolside
  5. Forward pike fall from 1 metre
  6. Forward jump tuck from 1 metre
  7. Back pike roll from poolside

Diving 3

To pass Diving 3 divers have to:

  1. Forward jump straight from 3 metres
  2. Back jump straight from 1 metre
  3. Forward dive straight from poolside
  4. Back dive crouched from poolside*
  5. Back fall straight from 1 metre
  6. Forward pike wedge from poolside
  7. Back pike sit from poolside

Diving 4

To pass Diving 4 divers have to:

  1. Forward jump pike from 1m
  2. Armswing forward jump straight from 1m
  3. Forward dive tuck from poolside*
  4. Back dive straight from poolside
  5. Forward pike fall from 3m
  6. Armswing back jump tuck from poolside
  7. Armswing back pike sit from poolside

Diving 5

To pass Diving 5 divers have to:

  1. Back tuck roll from 1 metre
  2. Inward pike wedge from poolside*
  3. Armswing forward dive tuck from 1 metre
  4. Armswing back jump tuck from 3 metres
  5. Sitting forward tuck roll from 3 metres
  6. Board timing – bouncing forward jump straight from 1 metre
  7. Armswing back jump pike from 1 metre

Diving 6

To pass Diving 6 divers have to:

  1. Armswing reverse pike sit from poolside
  2. Inward dive tuck from 1 metre
  3. Bouncing forward dive tuck from 1 metre
  4. Armswing back dive tuck from 1 metre
  5. Forward straight fall from 3 metres
  6. Forward somersault tuck from poolside
  7. Back fall straight from 3 metres*

Diving 7

To pass Diving 7 divers have to:

  1. Armswing reverse dive tuck from 1 metre*
  2. Inward dive tuck from 3 metres
  3. Forward dive tuck from 3 metres
  4. Armswing forward dive pike from 1 metre
  5. Inward dive pike from 1 metre
  6. Forward somersault tuck from 1 metre
  7. Back tuck roll from 3 metres

* Divers receive an extra sticker for completing this skill

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