How diving works?
Have you ever been to the diving pool before in your life? For Yeoh Ken Nee,
he has been diving more than 19 years in his career. He has representing
Malaysia countless time for his country. Ken Nee know every single details how
springboard and platform works for him.
If you ever stand or stood on the edge of the platform diving pool and look
down, you will know that this event must have lots of guts to dive off the
platform. The moment you dive off from the 10 meter platform, you will hit
the water at a speed of 40mph. The more height of the platform means more
competitors have more time in the air to do complex combinations of moves –
but the more complex the dives are the more risk there is of the moves
affecting their final entry into the pool.
10 meter platform is as high as three story building. In order to overcome your
fear and dive off the 10 meter platform you must start diving from a low
platform first. When Ken Nee started out diving as a child he started out on
one meter platform first then slowly increased his height until he reaches 10
meter platform. To overcome our fear is not an easy thing. As a diver, they
have to keep diving each day just to get use of the height.
The Malaysian diving team train very hard each day. The diver train eight hours
a day and six days a week just of prefect their dives. With eight hours training a
day the divers need to do at least 360 times dive by jumping of the platform.
In diving, they is also different type of moves they have to train each day.
A rotation around the hips, similar to a forward roll, ultimately moving the feet
over the head. Somersault can be performed in piked or tucked body position
and forwards or backwards.
- Front “take-off facing away from the pool”
- Inward “take-off with back to the water, rotation towards the board”
- Reverse “facing forward but with rotation back towards the board”
- Back “take-off with back to the water, rotation outwards”
- Armstand “a handstand is maintained with a steady balance before springing
off with the hands”
Why so many showers?
You might wonder why, if the divers are already wet, they need to shower
between each dive. It’s not primarily for hygiene reason, but to keep their
bodies warm and their muscles loose. The showers are hot, and they keep the
body temperature warm during the long waits between dives, thus exsuring
that diver’s muscles don’t stiffen up before their next trip to the board.
Drying before diving
Divers carry a special towel, like a chamois leather, to dry themselves before
they dive. It might sound to get wet again, but it is designed to make the divers
completely dry before the dive to prevent slipping. Many divers even carry
‘lucky’ towels they have used for years.
Eyes on the prize
Where possible, divers will try to fix their eyes on the same spot, twists and
turns, to keep track of where they are in the dive and when to time their entry
into the water.
How not to splash
Divers try to enter the water vertically with their fingers joined, before pulling
their hands apart as they hit the water, creating a hole in the surfaces for their
body to slide into. The technique is known as “ripping the entry” because you
are effectively ‘ripping’ the water in two.
Don’t hit buttom
Divers can reach speeds of up to 40mph as they enter the water. Yet many
divers will still only go approximately 1-2 meter deep as they take up a pike
position once under the water to help secure the best possible ’rip’ entry.
Here I already explain every step how diving works for you. I hope you can
have a bigger picture now in this diving sport.