An Intro to the Types of Dives and Scoring

Woody Franklin of Liveaboutdotcom shares what he knows about the different types of springboard and platform dives:

  • there are six basic types of dives in springboard and platform diving
  • four involve somersaulting, either toward or away from the diving board or platform, and include using a forward approach and hurdle, or a backward press.
  • another type of dive adds twists to any of the other types
  • the last type is the armstand, which combines somersaults and twists. and used exclusively in platform diving

How do you identify a dive by its three- or four-digit dive number?    Here’s how to decipher the codes:

  • the first digit indicates the basic dive type with each dive given a number, for example 1 is forward and 6 is an armstand
  • the second digit of the dive number will always be 0 or 1. This indicates that the dive is either a normal somersault (0), or is a “flying dive” (1), which is almost never seen in competition
  • the third digit indicates how many half-revolutions the diver is making
  • the final letter A, B, C, or D refers to the dive position — straight, pike, tuck, or free, for example A is a straight position dive with no bend at the knees or hips and C is a tuck position dive, where the body is folded up in a ball

There is so much more to learn about the different dives and their coding, enjoy discovering more about your sport.


For full article:  The 6 Types of Springboard and Platform Dives

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Spotlight on Mike Darland

“Our primary goal is to help campers enrich their talents, explore new frontiers and develop appropriate social dynamic skills that will serve them well as they move through this complex and challenging world.” – Bill Griffin, co-founder

We are proud to be a family tradition.  Enjoy getting to know our Future Stars Camps family. If there is someone at Future Stars Camps that you want to know more about, let us know at:  purchase@fscamps.com


Meet Mike Darland, in his 10th year as Diving Camp Director, Future Stars Camps.   U.S. Diving Coach Darland is owner and head coach of High Dive Champions age group diving team of New York.


What was your most memorable 2018 winter moment?
Mike:  Skiing in Park City at the Canyons.*

What are you most looking forward to at camp this summer?
Mike:  Teaching new divers, the forwards 1 ½ somersault off the high dive!

What are your hobbies?
Mike:  Surfing, wakeboarding and photography.

What is your favorite memory from camp?
Mike:  Every year our Friday Diving Meets where all the divers compete with their new dives and the parents come to cheer on their hard work.

Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?
Mike:  Teaching the thrill of learning a new dive!

What song do you play most often?
Mike:  My favorite song to play on an acoustic guitar is Elton John’s “Your Song”.

Which exercise do you enjoy the most?
Mike:  Bouncing and doing flips on a trampoline.

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Mike:  Mincemeat pie and carrot cake.

If you could be the better at something, what would you choose?
Mike:  Sailing yachts

What do you miss most about being a kid?
Mike:  Rec nights on Friday nights.

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Mike:  Jack Ryan.

What kind of movies do you enjoy?
Mike:  Spy thrillers.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity/indoor activity?
Mike:  Diving indoors and out.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
Mike:  A leather jacket and a camera. I take the best pictures ever! Check out pictures of Future Stars, Diving, Water Sports and the best people and places around the world at: michaeldarland.smugmug.com

What is your favorite quote?
Mike:  Just Do It! – Nike


For more information about the variety of Multi-Sports programs at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Diving Camp page,  today.

Image Credit:  Michael Darland

*Interview responses are from the Spring 2019


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

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

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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

Check out these Olympic Diving tips:





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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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