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, 3 metres above the water, 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

Divers leave the springboard and enter the water at the same time in synchronised diving. ©iStock

Divers leave the springboard and enter the water at the same time in synchronised diving. ©iStock

Synchronised diving events are for 2 divers who dive at the same time, perform the same moves and enter the water together. There are synchronised diving events for both men and women from the springboard and from the highboard.

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.

He is preparing to dive from the highboard. ©iStock

He is preparing to dive from the highboard. ©iStock

Diving history

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

  • Diving became popular in Sweden and Germany about 300 years ago when gymnasts started performing tumbling routines into the water.

  • Diving competitions began in the 1800s

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

  • Synchronised diving became an Olympic event in 2000 at the Sydney Games.

Watch videos of diving events

https://youtu.be/OopNADRstu4 

http://www.olympic.org/diving