Bonus 4: Diving

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Notes

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left” font_size=”17″ width=”940″]To perform a dive can be both thrilling and exhilarating if done correctly. If done poorly, it could lead to a painful and otherwise embarrassing bellyflop

The most common mistake most people make when diving is by leading into the water using the head. It’s a common reflex when you’re nervous or scared because it can be pretty scary when you can’t see where you’re going

To correct this, I recommend performing 45 degree handstands. To dive you need to imagine yourself as a whole arrow falling into the water. Your arms are the arrow tip while the rest of your body is the arrow shaft. If we break this form when tend to do a belly flop

First start off with your arms up, straight and locked together. Next, with your upper body remaining straight, bend over and touch the floor with your hands. Your head should also be locked and NOT looking towards the ground

As you bend down lift your lead leg up. Your lead leg will be the one leg that naturally comes up first. For me it’s my left leg. Your lead leg should be parallel to your upper body and arms

As you touch the ground your lead leg should now be up in the air, followed closely by your supporting leg. Do not go into a full handstand, instead hop with the supporting leg as seen in the video

Practice this a few times until you are comfortable with this motion and ready to move on

Finally we can attempt this motion into the water. Take a deep breath and bend over and into the water. Imagine your hands touching the ground as you enter the water

Your legs should naturally slap the water surface which is normal and now curve your body upwards towards the surface in order to start your desired stroke

If we do not curve upwards we risk shooting straight down and smashing into the pool bottom potentially leading to serious injury

For an extra challenge try doing leap dives by adding a hop to the leading leg, then straighten the legs with toes pointed for increased diving speed, finally try incorporating this technique onto the diving board if you want

 

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