Tips For Diving Properly

If you have access to a pool during the summer, you will find that one of the most fun things to do in a pool is to dive, as the sensation of leaping headfirst toward something is not a sensation one usually experiences, and it is made all the more enjoyable for the fact that it is actually quite safe. Of course, that is to say that diving is perfectly safe when you are diving properly; when you dive properly, you will be able to dive again and again without worrying about getting hurt, but when you do not know how to dive properly, you can end up putting yourself in danger of hurting yourself, and even of injuring yourself.

The first thing for you to pay attention to, when it comes to safe diving, is the depth of the pool; never dive into a pool if you do not know how deep it is, and never dive into a lake or river unless you know for sure it is safe - with 9 to 10 feet (and enough space) being a good, safe depth for diving.

Do not start your diving practice from the diving board, but rather, start from beside the pool; stand with your feet together and your arms above you. The sides of your arms should be pressed against your ears, and your hands should extend up above your head, where they should touch; your hands will be the first thing to break the surface, as this will keep your head from getting hurt, so bend your legs, and spring forward, aiming to keep your head down so that your hands break the water first, followed by the crown of your head (instead of by your face!).

You will be able to move up onto the diving board once you have gotten used to this practice, and you will also be able to work on your form (such as making sure you keep your legs together all throughout the dive) - but taking care of these first steps is the most important thing, as this will keep you safe, and will enable you to get used to the act of diving!