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Diving has undergone a ‘deep’ change from its original generic meaning.
Originally it only meant a headlong plunge into water, and even an
athletic competition that involves diving into water. Today, if you jump
out of your plane for sport, they call it diving or sky diving.

Diving As a Sport
Diving has been internationally recognized as sport long ago and it is
the one of the most coveted part of modern Olympics. The sport involves
taking the plunge, from a height or dis...


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Diving has undergone a ‘deep’ change from its original generic meaning.
Originally it only meant a headlong plunge into water, and even an
athletic competition that involves diving into water. Today, if you jump
out of your plane for sport, they call it diving or sky diving.

Diving As a Sport
Diving has been internationally recognized as sport long ago and it is
the one of the most coveted part of modern Olympics. The sport involves
taking the plunge, from a height or distance, into the water
acrobatically.

Diving has 3 disciplines such as 1m, 3m and tower and divers are
classified by age and gender. Towers vary in height from 5m to 10m and
high level competitions like World Cup and Olympics require diving from
10m only. Spring boards and platforms are terms used in 3 & 5m as well as
10m diving respectively.

Know the Components of Diving?
Your body needs to be every bit a gymnast’s, strong, flexible and
kinesthetic. To pursue diving, starting very young is advised as your
body will be at its flexible best. There are four components of diving
defining the diving positions.

1.Layout position- Body straight like an arrow.
2.Pike position- Body folded only at waist and nowhere else.
3.Tuck position- Body curled into a ball, with knees touching chin and
heels your hips.
4.Free position- Relaxed position suitable for twisted diving.

Takeoff, flight and entry into water are the key elements that determine
the scoring in diving. Each carries equal weightage of 3 points and 1 for
the judges’ discretion. For example a perfect entry splashes little or no
water.

Then there are diving positions like forward, backward, inward and
reverse depending on how you start and then rotate.

Although deep sea diving and scuba diving are similar sounding and albeit
connected to water sport, they are not as popular as pool diving, as we
know it. A tip here to aspiring divers; fitness, training and practice
apart, what it takes to be a successful diver is dedication as
exemplified by the great Greg Louganis. He is the living example of what
level you can raise the game to.

Whether it is scuba diving, cliff diving or sky diving, utmost emphasis
needs to be given to the physical requirements of the diver, to avert any
sort of physiological or psychological hassles while diving. Individuals
with physical ailments like bone disorders, diabetes, and high blood
pressure are told not to plunge. Before you decide to take the plunge, it
is imperative to check with a physician to elude any health problems.

				
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