Information for New Divers

For divers and parents the sport of diving can sometimes be a little bit tricky to understand so we’ve listed some helpful information to assist you…

Up and down the country diving competitions are held for all standards of diver. The main thing to understand is that there are tournaments for all divers and all abilities:

  • Local events – club and county
  • Regional events – usually in region
  • National events – anywhere in UK
  • Invitation meets – anywhere in UK
  • International camps and meets – anywhere

Divers can enter themselves but the clubs prefer to handle the entries as a composite entry. Sometimes divers may need to travel as individuals but mainly we like to travel as a team and we operate chaperoned trips where parents usually volunteer.

Our website hosts a calendar and competition sections but don’t worry – when we enter competitions there are lots of ways to find out about them:

  • Our email circulars (are you signed up)
  • Our notice boards (Shipley Pool Spectator Gallery)
  • Club coaches
  • North East Region website
  • British Diving website

When entering competitions you will be asked to submit a dive sheet. At first this can seem complicated, so never be afraid to ask one of the coaches or parents for help. You will learn how to do it in no time but it’s always better to ask for help than make a mistake and find out later….

  • L1 & L2 competitions have required dives and some optional
  • L3 & L4 competitions have a specified number of dives under a dive difficulty (dd) plus dives without dd.
  • Dives will have to cover a specified number of groups
  • Some competitions may ask for ‘ 3 dives from 3 groups with a dd limit of 5.4 + 3 dives from 3 groups.

When filling in a dive sheet it will ask for:

  • dive number
  • position of dive
  • height of board
  • tariff (dd) – found in tariff tables
  • description of dive – found in tariff tables

The remainder of the dive sheet is for the judges scores and calculations.

Here are the descriptions of the dive codes to help you out……

Dive number and groups of dives

  • group 1 forward movements includes dives and s/s
  • group 2 back movements includes dives and s/s
  • group 3 reverse movements includes dives and s/s
  • group 4 inward movements includes dives and s/s
  • group 5 twist movements – any dive or s/s with a twist
  • group 6 arm-stands – platform only

Dive positions

  • a straight position (no bending of the body)
  • b pike position (body bent at the hips, legs straight
  • c tuck position (body curled into a tight ball)
  • d free position

Board height

  • 1m and 3m springboards
  • 5m, 7.5m and 10m platforms

Understanding the tariff or dive diffciulty

Every dive has its own number and own degree of difficulty. Details can be found on the tariff tables.

Online submission of dive sheets

Most tournaments allow you to use Dive Recorder to submit the dive sheets

Divers submit their own details and dives by entering the dive number, dive position and board height – it’s made simple and the rest is automatic!!

Signing Dive Sheets

  • At all tournaments you should note the dive sheet signing time
  • Each diver must carefully study dive sheets to ensure all the dives entered are correct
  • Divers will then sign the dive sheet. It is important to get this right as after this you cannot change a dive.

Parents….what can you do to help everything run smoothly?

  • Support coach by encouraging your child to enter all relevant competitions
  • Ask coach if you are unsure about the competition
  • Regularly consult website and notice boards for competition announcements
  • Act on the club circular emails
  • Ensure the deadlines are met
  • Ensure your child has correct kit
  • Check competition details (times, date, venue, deadlines)

Divers….what can you do to help everything run smoothly?

  • To enter all relevant competitions
  • Post entries into competition box
  • Be at competition on time
  • Report to coach
  • Be ready and do warm up
  • When marshals call for competitors – go to assembly point
  • Wear club kit for parade and presentation
  • Be ready for your name to be called for you to dive
  • Listen carefully to do the announced dive
  • Leave the water immediately you have done the dive
  • Be ready to attend presentation
  • Support your team-mates