Springboard and Platform Diving/Over rotating Front Dive


I have an 11 year old daughter that just started diving a few months ago.  Her form and lines look really nice, BUT she isn't able to progress to other dives because when she does a front dive her legs flip all the way over so that she ends up on her back practically when the dive is finished.  She looks great at the beginning of the dive and then she just flips over by the time her hands hit the water.  She is getting frustrated because she doesn't know how to fix it and her coaches have been working with her but nothing they tell her has seemed to help.  I've been looking to see if I could find answers online or a tutorial video, but haven't found anything yet.  So any tips or pointers would greatly help!  Thanks!

Ann -

Go to these websites to find educational materials on diving -

www.usadiving.org - click on Store and then Educational Materials. Several different books, cd roms and DVD's that will help. Also, is your daughter's coach a USA Diving Safety Certified Instructor/Coach? If not, it could be why she is having some difficulties. At this site, click on Join USA Diving and Find A Club. Enter your state and look for programs near you that have these types of coaches.

www.diving.about.com - Site that explains the sport. Enter 'Lessons' or 'Learn To Dive' in the search box and have her read informative articles about how to be a better diver.

www.springboardsandmore.com - At the top of the home page, click on Diver Training and at the next page, click on Books and Videos.

I wish I could help you more, but it is difficult to coach diving over the internet. I would really need to see her do this dive to help her figure out what is going wrong.

I hope you find some educational materials to help her become a better diver.

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I can answer any questions pertaining to all levels of springboard and platform diving including : beginner lessons, intermediate, advanced, high school, Junior Olympic, AAU, Masters (Adult), Collegiate and Senior diving. Questions about training, technique, competitions, dryland training including trampoline and dry board.I can answer questions about how to judge/referee diving events.Also questions about how run, direct and administrate all different types of diving meets from novice events through Olympic Trials.I am also available as a consultant and expert witness for legal cases involving diving. I cannot answer questions about swimming (how to dive off a starting block) or SCUBA diving.


3 time U.S. Diving National Team Coach. Coached World, International and National Junior Olympic individual and team champions. Collegiate level experience (Junior College and Division I).Chairman, U. S. Diving Region 10 and Northern California Diving Associations. Professional diving referee, judge and meet director including U.S. Diving Junior and Senior Nationals, National Qualifying events and Division I collegiate events including the 2010 Men's NCAA Division I Diving Championships. Head Referee for the Big 12 and ACC Conference Diving Championships.Competition Director for past NCAA Men's Division I Nationals and numerous Pac 10 Conference Championships.In 2010, attended the FINA Junior Olympic World Diving Championships to take the International Judging Certification Class which was successfull completed.

U.S. Diving. AAU Diving. Professional Diving Coaches Association. FINA.

B.S. in Recreation and California Teaching Credential in Physical Education/Aquatics. U.S. Diving Safety Certified Coach.

Awards and Honors
U.S. Diving National Award of Excellence. Northern California Diving Association Coach of the Year. U.S. Diving Region 10 Coach of the Year

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