The sport of diving is safe, fun and exciting with numerous individuals participating in it around the world. Diving first appeared in the summer Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri, USA in 1904. It was first known as "fancy diving" for the acrobatic stunts performed by divers during the dive (such as somersaults and twists). Diving is an Olympic sport where men and women from around world come together to show off their amazing ability and skills on both the 3 meter and 10 meter boards. It is one of the most popular and highly viewed sports during the Olympics.
Individuals who dive often say they love the feeling and rush they get of flying through the air while they perform their acrobatic stunts before entering the water. Diving is a challenging sport and when an individual is able to perform a specific dive - the sense of accomplishment is huge.
Benefits of Diving
The sport of diving has huge benefits including and not limited to the following:
- Great exercise for strengthening upper body strength, notably arm muscles.
- Develops cardiovascular system, with the heart and lungs pumping oxygen round the blood stream.
- Improves agility and flexibility.
- Refreshes and focuses the mind from everyday distractions.
- Tones muscles and betters posture.
- A positive self-image and increased confidence
- Learn techniques to deal with success and disappointment
- Improved social skills by working with other program participants within a small tight community
- Sportsmanship and leadership skills
- Sense of achievement through development and patience
- Divers learn to set goals, and when they achieve them, to set even higher ones.
- They learn to support their teammates in their struggles and to applaud their achievements.