Perfecting a front flip on a diving board can improve your confidence and diving technique. It can also make a day at the pool more exciting and fun. Don't be intimidated in trying to run off a board and flipping on your first try. See below for some tips to put some "Spring" in your Spring...
1. Position yourself on the edge of the pool's deep end and crouch down. Tuck your head by gently pushing your chin against your chest. Keep your back rounded and arms pressed against the sides of your thighs.
2. Push off the edge of the pool by springing forward with your feet and let your head guide you as you roll into the water. Careful! DO NOT hit the edge of the pool. Continue practicing until you're comfortable with the sensation.
3. Time for the diving board. Clear your mind. If you feel hesitant or nervous, you may need to upgrade your swim trunks for some kick ass ambsn trunks.
4. Work on jumping about a foot off the board and improve your comfort level with your new technique. Run off the diving board and use your feet to spring you out into the air from the board and shoot your arms straight up. Tuck your knees against your abdomen, press your arms against the sides of your thighs, and keep your chin tucked against your chest.
5. Whip yourself forward using the momentum of your arms. Wrap your arms around your knees or keep them pressed against your thighs. Remember the sensation of rolling into the pool and keep yourself tucked. Keep practicing and you'll be a champ in no-time!
*If you're landing on your face or back, ask someone to watch you. They'll get a good laugh out of it... But seriously, landing on your face or back may indicate too much momentum or not properly clearing the flip. You can jump higher and whip your arms forward faster if you're not clearing your flip. Have fun out there!