Niagara Falls Springboard Diving, Platform Diving

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Man diving off tower

Diving is a sport now over 100 years old. In the early 19th and 20th centuries diving was known as "plunging" and featured what is know known as a "Swan Dive". Later, gymnasts added twists and spins when they practised manoeuvres landing in water instead of on a wooden gym floor. Today, there are more than 70 different types of dives, organized into six different groupings: 1) forward dives, 2) back dives, 3) reverse dives, 4) inward dives, 5) twist dives, 6) armstand dives.

Diving is a year-round way to improve your balance, co-ordination and muscle tone. Because of the risk factor involved with the sport of diving, it is advisable to get lessons from a trained professional. Some elements may take a lot of practise to master. Try each move from a low board before trying it from the highest board or tower.

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Diving is an inexpensive sport to get involved in, requiring only a bathing suit. Make sure your swimsuit fits snugly (women should wear a one-piece) because you don't want to lose your bathing suit when you enter the water.

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Diving instruction is offered at most pools around town. Diving instruction is offered at various pools around town.

To learn diving, contact the Brock Niagara Diving Club (St. Catharines (905-688-5550).

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