Understanding Competitive Diving
For those looking to compete in NZ AgeGroup, FINA Junior Elite and Open. This page has information for understanding diving, dive numbers, competition rules, judging, entering divesheets and more!
Competition Levels Beyond NZ Skills Events
Once a diver has completed their Level 3 Skills, the diver then has the opportunity to select their own dives to compete, which form their "list". In New Zealand, they can do this in NZ AgeGroup, FINA Junior Elite and Open events.
NZ AgeGroup: the first event for divers 18 or under who have recently passed Level 3 skills. The diver is required to perform less dives than in FINA Junior Elite, which is why it is often used a strong stepping stone for those looking to eventually compete in a FINA Junior Elite Level. These lists can be competed lower level international events in Australia.
FINA Junior Elite: This is a step up from AgeGroup, requiring more dives and better quality. Divers must be 18 or under. These lists can be competed internationally worldwide
NZ Open: This is where our top divers in NZ compete their hardest DD dives. These lists are competed at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and other large international diving events.
There are five categories of dives which can be used in diving competitions.
1. Forward – diver's body facing the water & rotates away from the board
2. Backward – diver's back to the water & rotates away from the board
3. Reverse – diver's body facing the water & rotates back toward the board
4. Inward – diver's back to the water & rotates back toward the board
5. Twisting – any dive with a twist
6. Armstand – (Platform Only) the diver begins from a handstand on the edge of the platform
There are four positions a diver can take while in the air:
A. Straight – body remains straight with feet together and toes pointed
B. Pike – body bent at the waist with legs straight, feet together and toes pointed
C. Tuck – body is bent at the waist with thighs and knees held together and drawn to the chest, heels kept close to the buttocks
D. Free – not an actual body position; a combination of straight, pike or tuck, used only in twisting dives that have less than 1.5 somersaults
Dive Numbers and DD
A table which has all the dives listed and the numerical degree of difficulty (DD) for each dive. (This is number is multiplied by the judges scores and takes into account the number of somersaults, number of twists, flight position and entry position). This may be useful for those entering dive sheets or wanting to learn dive numbers.
These rules apply for all FINA Junior Elite and Open (or equivalent) competitions across the globe