Diving is one of the most graceful and spectacular sports in the world. It is also one of the most physically demanding, requiring stamina and strength as well as speed, agility and flexibility to perform an incredible range of somersaults, pikes, twists and turns.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Diving program supports the training and development of Australia’s most talented divers through world-class coaching and sports science expertise, and other high performance services.
About the program
The AIS Diving program was established in Brisbane, as a satellite sport, in 1984. Prior to the establishment of the program, Australia’s best divers had to train with their respective sports clubs and coaches in their home state.
AIS Diving has played a key role in training and preparing Australian divers for elite competition at the world championships and Olympic Games, and in helping Australia to become one of the world’s top three diving nations.
Athletes in the AIS Diving program train at the Sleeman Sports Complex dry land training centre. The facility was opened in 1997 and was recently upgraded and expanded in September 2005.
About the sport
Competitors dive from 10m platforms or 3m springboards, in individual or synchronised pair events. Athletes perform one (or a combination) of six types of dive, including forward, back, reverse, inward, arm stand (platform only) and twist.
Each dive consists of four basic body positions: straight (no bend at hips or knees), pike (straight knees with a bend at the hips), tuck (body folded in a ball) and free (sequence of positions).
Divers must perform a range of twists, tucks, pikes and somersaults during each dive, which are awarded a score — from 1.3 (straightforward) to 3.6 (difficult) —by a panel of judges.