Diving is the sport of jumping or falling into water from a platform or springboard, usually while performing acrobatics. Diving is an internationally recognized sport that is part of the Olympic Games. In addition, unstructured and non-competitive diving is a recreational pastime. Diving is one of the most popular Olympic sports with spectators. Competitors possess many of the same characteristics as gymnasts and dancers, including strength, flexibility, kinaesthetic judgment and air awareness. Some professional divers were originally gymnasts or dancers as both the sports have similar characteristics to diving.
Platform and springboard diving are two of the most spectacular and exciting aquatic sports. Both involve one or two divers performing spins, twists and somersaults into a pool from a series of heights. Competitive platform and springboard diving involves an immense amount of strength, flexibility and courage. Divers leap from heights of between 1m and 10m, performing a variety of twists and spins in different positions.
What the difference between platform and springboard diving?
All competitive springboard diving is from springboards set at 1m and 3m above the surface of the water. Platform diving is from static platforms set at 5m, 7.5m, and 10m. However, all major competitions (such as the Olympic Games and World Championships) use the 10metre platform only.
How deep is a diving pool?
The depth of a pool depends on the height of platform and springboard diving boards
- Competition pools are usually 5m deep if there is a 10m platform
- Diving pools are 4m deep if there is a 5m platform or 3m springboard.