PAN AM Aquatics Diving Footwork

aquatics diving     For the spring board dive, a diver’s feet remain on the diving board as long as possible. Almost all the “work” of diving is done there. By putting energy into the board, a diver harnesses the “equal and opposite” Newton’s Third Law of Motion. Energy is transferred back into the board projecting the diver up, forward and away.

Footwork on and off the Diving Board:

It only takes a few seconds and every move is precise …from the first running steps in the approach, the takeoff, time in the air, to the dive into water, and the return to poolside. While each step and the airborne stunts are scored for aesthetics and accuracy, the takeoff step is what matters. Divers must achieve maximum vertical flight during this ‘hurdle’ step to create downward strength and speed for their final single footstep at the end of the board. The correct execution of aerial stunts like twisting or somersaulting depends on the height of this ‘hurdle’ step and its production of power on the board.

The final phase is the seamless ‘rip’ entry into the water. Toes pointed and feet touching at all times.

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Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.   1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)



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