Types of Dives in Platform Diving

Forward Dives

 
In forward dives, divers will face the end of the board and rotate themselves away from the diving board using a forward approach and hurdle. There are two main positions for forward dives.

  • Forward Dive in the Pike Position
  • Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults in the Pike Position

Back Dives

 
In back dives, divers will face the end of the board with their back towards the water and rotate themselves away from the board. There are also two positions for back dives.

  • Back Dive in the Straight Position
  • Back 2 1/2 Somersaults in the Tuck Position

Reverse Dives

 
Reverse dives are also known as a “gainer”, where the diver faces the end of the board and rotate themselves back towards the diving board, while moving forward and away from the diving board. The two positions for reverse dives are:

  • Reverse Dive in the Pike Position
  • Reverse 1 1/2 Somersaults in the Tuck Position

Inward Dives

 
For inward dives, divers begin on the end of the board with their back to the water and rotate themselves towards the diving board, while moving away from the board. There are two methods for inward dives as well.

  • Inward 1 1/2 Somersaults in the Pike Position
  • Inward 2 1/2 Somersaults in the Tuck Position

Twisting Dives

 
Twisting dives are basically any dives that incorporates a twist (excluding armstand dives) in the routine. They can be executed from various directions including forward, back, reverse or inwards. There are a total of three positions for this.

  • Forward 1 Somersault, 1 Twist in the Free Position
  • Back 1 1/2 Somersaults, 1 1/2 Twists in the Free Position
  • Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults, 1 Twist in the Pike Position

Armstand Dives

 
All handstand dives are performed from the platform. The diver executes a handstand from the edge of the platform facing either forward or backward, and performs the dive from this starting position. There are two positions for this.

  • Armstand Forward 2 Somersaults in the Pike Position
  • Armstand Back 2 Somersaults, 1 1/2 Twists in the Pike Position