Free Position In DivingMarch 1, 2015
The free position is used exclusively on twisting dives which involve either 1 or 1 ½ somersaults.
The character used to donate a dive in free position is D. So the dive number for a forward 1 ½ somersaults, 1 twist in the free position is 5132D.
Twisting dives in free position are also sometimes performed from an armstand starting position on a platform.
The diving code for an armstand back 1 ½ somersaults, 1/2 twist in free position would be 6241D.
The basics of the free position in diving
The free position is the only diving position which isn’t recognisable by a specific body shape.
Instead, a dive is in free position if the diver is combining two or all of the other three diving positions in their twisting dive.
A diver in the free position can bend their legs or hips without being penalised by the judges.
The difficulty of the free position in diving
The difficulty of a dive using the free position is judged by the number of twists involved.
The more twists in the dive, assuming it is using just 1 1/2 somersaults to count as diving in free position, the higher the tariff.
While the tuck dive is occasionally used in a twisting dive, the most common combination of positions is pike and straight.