The Sport of Diving

The Sport of Diving
The sport of diving usually headfirst into water with the addition of gymnastic and acrobatic stunts first appeared in the summer Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri, USA in 1904. In open competition, divers use the one meter and three meter springboards and the 10 meter platform, although the one meter springboard is not competed at the Olympic Games. In competition, divers perform compulsory and optional dives with each dive marked out of 10 points. The judges score the dive considering all phases of the performance including approach, takeoff, technique and grace, and entry into the water. Judges are not concerned with the difficulty of a dive, as each dive has an assigned ‘degree of difficulty’ ranging from 1.2 to 3.5. The highest and lowest scores are scratched. The remaining scores are totaled, and then multiplied by the degree of difficulty to achieve the points total for the dive.