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Dive Meet 101

Regular Season Dive Meets

Dive meets are held immediately before the Wednesday night meets. Dive meets begin at 4:00 pm. Divers are expected to arrive at the pool at 3:00 pm for warm-ups, unless otherwise directed by the Dive Coach. There are 5 dive meets during the season. Age groups are the same as those used in swimming. The number of dives a diver must perform is dependent upon their age group.

  • •8 & Under - 2 dives from any group

  • •10 & Under - 3 dives from any of 3 groups
  • •12 & Under - 4 dives from any of 3 groups
  • •14 & Under - 4 dives from any of 3 groups
  • •18 & Under - 5 dives from any of 4 groups 

Below is a listing of pools and links to maps. Pool location information is also on the web page.

Delaware DARTS Mingo Pool, 500 E. Lincoln Ave. Delaware 43015
Dublin Dolphins 5660 Dublinshire Dr., Dublin, OH 43017
Gahanna Swim and Racquet Club 148 Parkland Dr, Columbus, OH 43230
Grandview Municipal Pool 1350 Goodale Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Highland Park Otters 245 S. Spring Rd., W esterville, 43081
Lifetime Fitness - Dublin 3825 Hard Road, Dublin 43016
Marysville 510 Park Ave., Marysville, OH 43040
Northwest Swim Club 1064 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220
Plain Township (New Albany) 7650 Swickard Woods Blvd, New Albany, OH 43054
Westerville JC 200 Otterbein Ave., W esterville, OH 43081
Worthington Waves 400 W Dublin Granville Road, W orthington, OH 43085

What to bring to the Dive Meet

  • •plenty of towels
  • •healthy snacks and drinks (lots of water)
  • •chairs (outdoor meet - some pools do not have many chairs available for use during a meet)
  • •blanket (or extra towel) for swimmer or family to sit on (outdoor meet)
  • •camera 


Dive Meet: One meter diving table


Helpful Diving Terms

  • 1 meter: Height of a diving board used in GCSL meets
  • Approach: Three or more steps forward to the end of the board before the hurdle and takeoff.
  • Degree of Difficulty: Each dive is assigned a degree of difficulty depending on the type of dive and combinations performed. The rating ranging from 1.2 to 4.1 indicating the difficulty of executing a specific dive. The “DD” is multiplied by the sum of the judges’ scores to calculate the overall score for a dive.
  • Dive Judge: Diving official who scores each dive.
  • Entry: The conclusion of a dive as a diver makes contact with the water. May be either head or feet-first. Upon entry, the body should always be near vertical in a straight position with toes pointed. In a headfirst entry, arms should be stretched above the head, in line with the body with the hands close together.
  • Free Position: A combination of straight, pike, or tuck positions, to be used in twisting dives only as listed in the DD tables.
  • Hurdle: The final segment of a diver’s approach to takeoff. Consists of a spring to the end of the board, taking off from one foot, and landing on two feet at the end of the board.
  • Pike Position: A dive position in which the body is bent at the hips, legs straight at the knees, and toes pointed. Feet should be held together, while positioning of the arms is optional.
  • Scores: Dives can be scored from 0 (lowest) up to 10 (highest) points in half point increments.
  • Springboard: An adjustable diving board that regulates “springiness,” either 1- meter (3’3") or 3-meters (9’9") above the water. The springboard projects at least five feet beyond the edge of the pool.
  • Straight Position: A dive position in which the body is straight without bending at the knees or hips, with feet together and toes pointed. Formerly called the “layout” position.
  • Takeoff: A diver’s lift from the board prior to execution of the dive. May be done from a forward (running or standing) or backward approach, or from an armstand position.
  • Tuck Position: A dive position in which the body is bent at the waist and knees, with thighs drawn to the chest and the feet kept close to the buttocks. Feet and knees should be kept together and toes should be pointed.

THE DIVES

Back Dives

  • •Takeoff from the end of the board with back toward water. Direction of rotation is away from the board. Includes tuck, pike, or straight

Forward Dives

  • •Takeoff from a standing or running approach, facing the water. Direction of rotation is away from the board. Includes tuck, pike, or straight

Inward Dives 

  • Takeoff from a standing position at the end of the board, with back to the water. Direction of rotation is toward the board. Includes tuck, pike, or straight

Reverse Dives 

  • Takeoff from a standing or running approach, facing the water. Direction of rotation is toward the board. Includes tuck, pike, or straight

Somersault Dives

  • A movement in which a diver rotates the body on an imaginary horizontal axis through the hips. This move can be performed in a variety of combinations. Includes tuck, pike, or straight

Twisting Dives

  • Any dive with a twist. There are four types of twisting dives: forward, back, reverse and inward

Eating Healthy Snacks and Meals Before and During Meet Days

Eating healthy gives our swimmers and divers the best recovery through out the summer, with daily workouts, multiple meets during the week, and dealing with the summer heat that each swimmer/diver needs to replace the energy used.
Remember that during the swim/dive meet drinking plenty of fluids (mostly water) and eating small amounts of carbohydrate-rich foods low-fat snacks (fresh fruit, whole grain crackers, pretzels, bagels, rice cakes, fruit bars, smoothies, and nonfat yogurt) are the key for replenishing the body's fuel source. You do want to avoid anything that has too much fat, fiber, or protein as these nutrients slow down digestion (cookies, candy bars, and potato chips).


The following is a list of some suggestions for great snacks after practice and during the meets.

  • Bagels
  • Chili in a cup
  • Dry Cereal Fruit
  • Fruit Juices (Diluted)
  • Fruit Smoothies
  • Low-fat Crackers
  • Low-fat Muffins
  • Water
  • Oatmeal in a cup
  • Soy Nuts
  • Pretzels
  • Sandwiches of turkey or other low-fat meat
  • Soups in cups
  • Sports Drinks
  • Trail Mix
  • Vegetables
  • Jerky
  • Yogurt
  • Granola bars

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