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.

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


Syncronised diving

 Syncronised divers

Syncronised divers

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

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