How To Dive Into A Pool

Follow our basic diving tips and, with a bit of practise, you’ll soon be creating a splash at the pool.

Perfecting a dive is easy and fun -just follow these simple steps. Of course, safety comes first, so make sure you’re not alone. Whether if s a lifeguard, friend or family member, you should always have someone watching in case you need assistance.

  1. Check the depth of the swimming pool before you dive in – you should never dive into the shallow end. Hitting the pool floor can seriously injure you. Anywhere less than 1.5m deep is too shallow – ideally, the water should be at least 3m deep. And be sure to avoid parts of the pool where there are other swimmers.
  2. After you’ve found the best place to dive, stand on the side of the pool with your toes right up to the edge.
  3. Raise your arms above your head, your upper arms tight against your ears, and tuck your chin into your chest. This will stop you belly-flopping.
  4. Your hands should be clasped together  with your palms facing the water and your dominant hand at the bottom. This position will help you steer during the dive. It will also protect your head if you hit the bottom of the pool.
  5. Aim to enter the water at least 2m from the edge of the pool. This way you won’t dive straight down. Bend your knees, then push down and forward as you start the dive. Try to keep your arms and legs in a straight line with your toes pointed, entering the pool at an angle of 45 degrees to the surface.
  6. Keep your hands clasped  together, your arms outstretched and your body straight as you enter the water. Breathe out through your nose to avoid inhaling water. Your natural reaction will be to close your eyes and mouth as you hit the surface.
  7. Once you are fully submerged, steer upwards with your hands to bring your body back towards the surface.