Get Inspired: How to get into Diving
How do I start?
What is it?
- You jump into water from a platform or springboard at a range of heights while getting your body into a range of positions.
- There are two different types of diving boards used in competitive diving. In springboard events, divers launch into the water from a height of either 1m or 3m. In Platform diving you start from a firm board which is either 5m, 7.5m or 10m from the surface.
- Each dive is split into three parts - 'take off' can either be front facing or back facing, the 'flight' is a combination of up-to-four different body positions as you're going down and the 'entry' is how the diver enters the water.
Is it for me?
You'll obviously need to be comfortable with water. We'd recommend you learn to swim before you dive! But if you enjoy heights, an adrenaline rush and want to learn tricks and be flexible, then diving is for you. All you need to get started is a swimming costume and some tuition.
I'm ready to make a splash - what can I expect when I start?
- For beginners, it's important to get tuition from qualified coaches to make sure you learn the techniques safely.
- You'll need courage and will improve your flexibility and core strength through diving.
- But you can also practice on dry land using crash mats and trampolines at your local leisure centre.
- An hour's diving typically burns nearly 200 calories.
- Some diving centres offer diving taster sessions for people with a disability. Find out more on the Amateur Swimming Association website.
To get you in the mood ...
Are you inspired to try diving? Or maybe you are an enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the the sport by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.