Diving, autumn 2007

This is a report I have postponed many times because of lack of video sequences, but now I feel that I have to write it in spite of the fact that I still lack some dives I would have liked to present here. A month has passed since last year ended, and if I want to call this a report on last semester’s diving, shooting film now is a bit too late anyway. I refer to this post (in Swedish), which covers diving from last spring. My comparisons are based on perceived differences between now and then. What I will discuss is the result of 7275 minutes (121 hours) of practicing between June last years and January this year. It is now roughly one year since I started to practice diving and the practice session add up to a grand total of 13155 minutes (219 hours), not including handstand practicing.

Since I know that most readers are not interested in my analyses, I will leave them for now and present a list of sequences, firstly to enable comparisons later, but also to show new things I have learnt since last time. Unfortunately, I lack correct terminology in English, so the naming is somewhat ad hoc (Wikipedia entry on diving and nomenclature). I provide links to film sequences if available (in mp4-format, behind the camera: Niklas, thank you).

First, a brief visit to Norrköping (with a ten-metre platform, which we lack here in town) resulted in:

7,5 m, 101D, forward dive, free *
7,5 m, 103C, forward one-and-a-half somersaults, tucked *
10 m, 101D, forward dive, free *
10 m, 103C, forward one-and-a-half somersaults, tucked *

Then dives I can actually practice at home:

1 m, 100A, forwards feet first, straight
1 m, 101B, forwards dive, pike
1 m, 102B, forwards one somersault, pike
1 m, 103B, forwards one-and-a-half somersaults, pike
1 m, 103D, forwards one-and-a-half somersaults, free *
1 m, 105C, forwards two-and-a-half somersaults, tuck *
1 m, 200A, backwards feet first, straight
1 m, 201B, backwards dive, pike
1 m, 202C, backwards one somersault, tuck
1 m, 202B, backwards one somersault, pike *
1 m, 204C, backwards two somersaults, tuck *
1 m, 301C, reverse dive, tuck
1 m, 302C, reverse one somersault, tuck
1 m, 302B, reverse one somersault, pike *
1 m, 401B, inwards dive, pike
1 m, 403C, inwards one-and-a-half somersaults, tuck
1 m, 5122B, forwards one somersault with one twist *

3 m, 5132D, forwards one-and-a-half somersaults with one twist, free *
3 m, 201A, backwards fall dive, straight *
3 m,204C, backwards two somersaults, tuck *

5 m, 103B, forwards, one-and-a-half somersaults, pike *
5 m, 201A, backwards fall dive, straight *
5 m, 201C, backwards sitting dive, tuck *

And a couple of dives I need to polish a bit:

1 m, 106,5C, forwards three-and-a-quarter somersault, tuck **
3 m, 106,5C, orwards three-and-a-quarter somersault, tuck **

* New since last time
** For your pleasure, not mine, the dives are roughly identical, and if you watch them in slow motion, you will see that I hit the water face first, which hurts like hell


The similarities compared with last time might seem more salient than the differences, but I assure you that much has happened. My dives before takeoff is not particularly good, but much better than last year. My piked positions begin to at least vaguely resemble piked positions. I have added some height to most dives, but I still fall outwards way too much and I am still have much height to gain from the springboard (I think that is pretty obvious when looking at the takeoff). Also, although not visible in this report, I have learnt to stand on my hands properly (76 seconds record).

My prime concern is my interaction with the springboard before takeoff, which is out of sync and in general not very good. I have the strength to jump a lot higher, but I will have to work on my ability to use that power. Also, I need to stop falling outwards and start diving upwards instead. Another nemesis of mine is backwards and reverse dives (complete somersaults are OK, it is just the head-first dives I cannot manage), which I have already begun to work with.

I still enjoy diving immensely and will continue to practice as much as I can. However, this term I will limit myself to three sessions a week, since I have a lot of other things I need and/or want to do and practicing more costs too much. That should, however, be sufficient to present some sort of progress in the next report. See you in June.

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