Diving can refer to both the acrobatic diving into water, such as cliff diving or competitive diving, as well as the altogether different and more exploratory discipline of underwater diving, where scuba divers and snorkelers dive down beneath the water for a glimpse into a strange new world.Competitive diving however is a beautiful and acrobatic sport that is remarkably safe.
What is Competitive Diving?
Competitive diving is an athletic competition event whereby acrobatics are performed. Although associated with swimming watersports, successful divers have characteristics more in common with gymnasts, and as such are judged not on speed but on form, execution and degree of difficulty.The sport is divided into springboard and platform disciplines. Each possessing their own unique styles
Typical injuries associated with competitive diving are usually the result of mistiming jump-off manoeuvres, so that the diver comes into painful contact with the springboard or platform on the way down. The water impact force achieved from high dives can be significant and as a result, fatal injures may occur like spraining one’s ankle, shoulder or neck.
General Diving Safety
Beginners considering getting involved in the competitive sport should first consider a few basic rules of safe and successful diving. One must know swimming and the equipment needed for the diving as well as the rules and regulations.
Controlling the Dive
The key to diving successfully is maintaining control. Beginner divers need to learn and rehearse the core techniques from the start so they eventually to use them automatically. For instance less experienced divers often lose control of their dive through improper use of their hands and arms and so should practise holding their arms extended, with hands flat and tipped up.