The fundamentals of diving
If you’ve ever watch a diving competition you will have seen the strength, flexibility and courage of the divers. You may have also noticed that some divers perform different dives. Despite this variety, the sport, and all the dives within it, are based on four distinct body positions:
- ‘Straight’ is where the body is kept in a fluid line, not being bent at the hips or knees.
- ‘Pike’ is where the body is bent at the hips but not the knees.
- ‘Tuck’ involves the body being bunched up tightly with the hands on the lower legs and
- ‘Free’ is only for twisting dives and can be a combination of at least two of the other positions. So a diver can bend their legs or bend their hips without being penalised