A diver tries to enter the water without splashing ©Getty Images

A diver tries to enter the water without splashing ©Getty Images

Springboard and platform diving

Olympic diving events are from a springboard or from a high platform called the 'highboard' which is 10 metres above the water.

In springboard diving the men divers must do 5 compulsory dives and 6 dives of their own choice. Women divers must do 5 compulsory dives and 5 of their own choice.

In platform diving men do 4 compulsory dives and six other dives of their own choice. Women do 4 compulsory dives and 4 of their own choice.
 

 

Syncronised diving

Syncronised divers

Syncronised divers

Synchronised diving events are for 2 divers who dive at the same time, perform the same dive and enter the water together.

Divers in all events try to enter the water without a splash.

Divers score points

Seven judges give points for each dive. The points are for how well the dive is done and for how difficult a dive it is.

Diving history

  • Diving into water has has been popular since ancient times.

  • Diving competitions began in the 1800s

  • Diving became an Olympic event for men in 1904. Women first competed in 1912

Watch videos of diving events

http://www.olympic.org/diving