I Spy, You Spy: Tips for Visually Spotting by a Springboard Diving Coach

Have you ever watched a springboard diver perform amazing twists and spins in the air and take note how they still manage to grasp total awareness amidst their impressive maneuvers? This looks incredibly complex, but simply enroll in springboard diving lessons taught by a certified San Diego springboard diving coach, and you will discover this is actually rather common sense: a diver simply opens his eyes and is cognizant of his surroundings. The Primary Objective To put it in a straightforward manner, any certified springboard diving coach will teach her students to locate various objects and use them as “spots” or reference points. This is a vital part of the process because it allows a diver to use a random object as a reference point to track how many somersaults he performed, and how many twists he finished so he will know when to kick out of the dive. This technique is absolutely necessary when a diver engages in visually spotting. Many people assume that a diver simply “feels the situation” in the air, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  In over 20 years of offering springboard diving lessons, our coaches have found that most divers find this to be very challenging. However, there are some great tricks you can utilize to make help you develop and master this important skill. Dryland Practice Anxiety is one of your biggest enemies. For many, the more nervous a diver is, the narrower his field of vision becomes. When anxiety sets in the brain shuts our vital stimuli that can prohibit you from hitting your spot. Relaxation is key to...

2 Control Tips from the Springboard Diving Coach and 3 Exercises to Promote It

  It doesn’t matter if you are standing on a springboard at the Olympic games trying to take the gold, or you are taking San Diego springboard diving lessons in a beginner’s group; your ability to master control cannot be understated. When a diver has good control he can perform multiple flips and enter the water gracefully with very minimal splashing. Control is something that demands dedication, constant work, and a skilled springboard diving instructor. Although mastering the art of perfect control requires a plethora of factors, there are two main focuses that can help divers improve their control and take to the air with all the grace of a mystical creature from the pages of classic mythology. There are also three good exercises that will help foster perfect control. Number 1: Takeoff Control When a 747 speeds down an airport runway, there are a number of factors that must be set firmly in place in order for the takeoff to be smooth, safe and perfect. The same holds true for anyone taking springboard diving lessons as they plan their approach and launch from the board or platform. If you want to master springboard takeoff, you will need to have total and complete control of the diving board. You will need to listen carefully to your springboard diving coach and learn how to get the maximum height from the board and where the fulcrum resides for each and every dive. Learning how to control your takeoff is not like jumping from the dock into the lake on a family vacation; there is an art to it and it can...