Make a splash at your next pool party with a forward 1½ tuck dive.
1. APPROACH THE BOARD
Most divers either take off running or start with their toes gripping the edge of the board. Don’t do either. Instead, walk down the board until you’re a foot from the end. Jump and land two and a half centrimetres from the edge. That’s where the board has the most spring, which will help with takeoff.
2. JUMP WITH LEVERAGE AND CONTROL
Don’t double-bounce – you could lose control. To gain momentum and maintain balance, start by squatting until your knees are bent 45-degrees. Then, in one smooth, quick motion, jump and swing your arms up over your shoulders. Aim to jump about just under a metre outward and upward.
3. SPIN WITH PRECISION
About halfway before the peak of your jump, tuck your legs into a somersault position, reaching for your shins. You’ll rotate naturally in the tucked position. Keep your head and neck aligned straight, looking over your knees to see the water; don’t tuck your chin or you risk overspinning.
4. DON’T MAKE WAVES
For a smooth entry, straighten your legs and extend your arms above your head to finish in a flawless dive. Come up for air and wink at that bikini-clad spectator.