Short Glossary of Diving Terms

If you’re thinking about diving, here are some terms that you should think about learning:

Approach — the three or more forward steps the diver takes toward the end of the board.

Armstand dive — a dive that’s executed from a motionless armstand position on the edge of only solid platforms

Backward dive — a dive in which the diver begins with their back toward the water

Degree of difficulty or tariff — a measure of each dive and it’s used to determine the final score

Entry — the point in a dive in which the diver makes contact with the water

Execution — the carrying out of the dive where the diver will be looking to maintain good control

Forward dive — the diver faces forwards and rotates forwards away from the board

Inward dive — the diver begins with back to the water and rotates toward the board after take-off.

Pike — the diver bends their body forward at the waist, legs are straight and the toes are pointed

Platform or firm board — the solid diving board from which competitors dive

Reverse dive — the diver faces forwards and rotates backwards towards the board.

Somersault — a move that involves a complete rotation of the body with the heels over the head

Springboard — a flexible diving board that adds to the diver’s own spring on take-off

Straight — a position in which body is straight from head to toe, with the feet together, and the toes pointed

Synchronised diving — two divers of the same gender perform the same or complementary dives from the same level board at the same time — the aim being to execute their dive in a similar fashion to the other

Take-off — the moment at which the diver lifts from the board or platform to begin execution of the dive

Tower — the entire diving platform structure

Tuck — a position in which the diver bends their knees, bringing or ‘tucking’ the knees and thighs closer to the chest and heels toward the buttocks

Twisting dive — any dive that includes a twist, whether forward, backward, reverse or inward


For full article:  Glossary Of Diving Terms

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For Divers

Springboards and More shares some strengths that requires no talent but they are attributes that almost every successful athlete possesses:

  1. Respectful of time
  2. Good work ethic
  3. Puts forth best effort
  4. Positive body language
  5. Energy
  6. Good  attitude
  7. Exudes passion
  8. Being Coach-able
  9. Doing Extra
  10. Being Prepared

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A Moment in the Life of Future Stars’ Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Even though our summer camp has ended, we will continue to feature campers from a variety of camps at Purchase on Wednesdays.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com


Meet veteran Future Stars Diving camper, Noam.

Farah:  Hi Noam, it’s nice to meet you.  So, how long have you been attending Future Stars camps?

Noam:  Well, for a long time I went to the Tennis summer camp at St. Joseph’s Long Island and then I started diving and I thought maybe I should do the diving camp here!

Farah: Do you have siblings? Do they also go to Future Stars camps?

Noam:  Yes, I have a younger sister and an older brother. My sister doesn’t but my older brother attends the Long Island Tennis camp.

Farah: What camp are you in this week?

Noam:  I’m in Diving camp. This is my 3rd week.


Farah: I heard you say that you did tennis camp out on long island. Did you try any other programs?

Noam:  No I did not, just the diving and tennis.

Farah: ​What have you been working on this week in diving?

Noam:  Well, I did my double front. Last week, I was working on my inward double but I just got here this week, so I really didn’t have time to work on it. I have to take time to warm up for a day or so before I can do my hard dives.

Farah: What is your favorite part of this week so far?

Noam:  I like how there are so many kids, I make a lot of friends here and I see a lot of people that I already know. It’s really fun. When you dive during the year it’s all about diving but here it’s about  learning and having fun, and I like that!

Farah:  What are you most looking forward to this week?

Noam:  I heard there is a carnival on Thursday – I’m really looking forward to that!

Farah:  Do you have a favorite counselor?

Noam:  I do not because all of the counselors are just so good.


Farah:  Is there someone that you look up to or admire?


Noam:  Tom Daley, he’s a diver and Greg Louganis.

Farah:  Why do you admire them?

Noam:  Because they are very good athletes, and they persevered and achieved.

Farah:  What are some of your hobbies?

Noam:  I like to read, I like to do stuff. I dive during the year and I do it a lot so I usually don’t have that much time to do other stuff. 

Farah:  What is the best part of being a kid?

Noam:  You don’t have to worry about stuff and you can just have fun.

Farah:  What grade are you going into?

Noam:  I’m going into 5th.

Farah:  What do you most enjoy about school?

Noam:  I love learning about new things.

Farah:  What do you want to be when you grow up?

Noam:  I would like to be a doctor, specifically a geneticist. And I may want to be a diver as well.

Farah:  How did you figure out that you wanted to be a geneticist specifically?

Noam:  My mom is doctor and I was thinking about what I want to be and how interesting it would be. 

Farah:  Is your mom a geneticist?

Noam:  No, she’s a doctor, she does some genetics but is not a geneticist, but I thought it was super interesting!

Farah:  That is super interesting! For my last question – What is your favorite memory from camp?

Noam:  It would have to be when I was outside on the trampoline with all of my friends jumping! It was super fun!

Farah:  Nice to meet you Noam, and hope to see you next year creating more fun Future Stars memories!


For more information about Diving camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Diving camp page, today.

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Things to Think About as a Beginner Diver

RealBuzz.com shares tips for beginner platform and springboard divers.  Here are some things for you to consider:

  • progress gradually – work on sitting dives, then kneeling dives, then crouching dives and then standing dives
  • use dry land diving equipment to prepare yourself and and improve your techniques safely such as trampolines, stretching mats, etc.
  • be streamlined when you dive by ensuring your hands enter the water first and extend your legs behind you
  • never stop practicing board work and takeoffs as there is always room for improvement and they help prevent injuries
  • incorporate the age appropriate gym routines to your training and strengthen your wrists, neck, shoulders, etc.


For full article:  Tips for Platform And Springboard Diving Beginners

For more information about Diving camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Diving camp page, today.

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