It involves a head-first entry into the pool which can be intimidating for new swimmers, but with a little practice anyone can master the basic dive! Diving is fun, effective and exhilarating, whether it be for leisure or competitive swimming.
Here are AquaMobile Swim School’s steps
for learning how to dive safely.
**Before practicing how to dive, make sure the water is deep enough and other swimmers are at a safe distance.**
1. Start with a sitting dive!
A sitting dive allows you to get comfortable entering the water headfirst from a close distance to the surface.
- Sit at the edge of the pool with your feet in the water and against the wall.
- Put your arms up straight, hands together. (Make sure your elbows touch your ears!)
- Bend your upper body forward and downwards so your arms are close to the water.
- Lean forward, fingers stretched and push off the wall of the pool with your feet, making sure your fingers enter before the rest of your upper body.
Do this step a few times to make sure your entry is smooth.
HOW TO DIVE TIP: Always streamline your position to minimize resistance!
2. Now try a kneeling dive!
Once you’re comfortable with a sitting dive you can transition to a kneeling dive.
- Position yourself as close to the edge of the pool as possible.
- Crouch on one knee resting it on the deck while, placing the toes of your lead foot at the pool’s edge.
- Keep your arms straight ahead and your head down. (Remember to stretch out your hands!)
- Lean forward slowly, pushing with your feet against the pool’s edge, entering the water fingers first.
3. Stand and learn how to dive from your feet!
If you’re comfortable with a kneeling dive, it’s time to add more height.
- Stand with your feet together, toes curled over the edge of the pool.
- Place your arms straight above your head, touching your ears with your arms.
- Bend your knees slightly, and stay relaxed so they don’t slap the water.
- Tuck your chin, bend at the waist, and push off with your feet into the water fingers first.
- You can also try this diving method off the diving board.
HOW TO DIVE TIP: Your arms should touch your ears for all dives!
4. Try a dive from the starting block !
After mastering the standing dive, move up to the block. When learning how to dive from a higher location, always make sure the dive area is deep and spacious enough.
- Place one foot with your toes just over the edge, and the other foot next to it, a step behind.
- Crouch over and and grip the edge of starting block with both hands.
- Before jumping, make sure your head is tucked, chin down.
- Push off the block with both hands and feet, stretching your arms up over your head as you jump.
- Make sure your arms are straight and your body is extended into a streamlined position.
- Straighten your body out once you hit the water so you don’t go too deep.
Diving like this is much more challenging and we recommend working with a swim instructor to get it right.
5. Practice, practice, practice.
Good practice makes perfect! If your limbs slap the water, or you belly flop, remember that it’s a fluke and keep practicing until you are consistent and comfortable in your dives.
We hope these tips were helpful in learning how to dive safely.
Tell us your experience on how you learned to dive in the comments!