Home » Recreation and Sports

Let's Take the Plunge and Build More Diving Pools

Apr 3, 2008
Ever thought of taking up diving? There are plenty of public swimming pools for kids to learn to swim and adults to keep in good health, but when it comes to diving the options are more limited. The Government has recently been criticised for a severe lack of diving facilities open to the public. This is particularly concerning in the run up to the London Olympics in 2012, which should be encouraging more people to participate in sport.

According to the Great Britain Diving Federation, in the 1970s there were up to 300 diving boards around the country available to the public. Now there are around 80. Another 90 in the country are not generally accessible. Many of these are in private schools, others in private clubs and some on military bases. We run the risk of making diving an elite sport rather than something anyone can have a go at.

A proper diving pool is usually square and deeper than a normal swimming pool. An Olympic diving pool is usually around 5 metres deep. Diving boards are set at different heights - the lowest just above the water and the highest at 10 metres. That's the height needed for Olympic training and the UK has only nine of these, two of which are not currently open for use. Crystal Palace is the only one in London with 7.5 metre and 10 metre diving boards, but it's closed for renovation. This means that keen divers have to travel huge distances to train, and that includes some of our Olympic hopefuls.

UK's current diving star, 13 year old Tom Daley has just been picked for the Beijing Olympics. He will be Britain's youngest male Olympian since 1960, competing at the age of 14 years and 94 days on 23 August 2008. In 2007 he won a silver medal in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and was the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year. Luckily for him he lives in Plymouth, home to a 10 metre diving facility, but we could be missing other potential diving talent where no facilities exist.

To be an Olympic diver is not just a question of diving off a 10 metre board and dropping into the water. Diving is a discipline that takes a huge amount of skill, courage and training. Divers leap off platforms and springboards and during their fall they perform spins, flips and twists before hitting the water at up to 55 km per hour. Judges award points for how well they perform, multiplied by the technical difficulty of the dive.

The Amateur Swimming Association's (ASA) Chief Executive David Sparkes has added to the debate by highlighting the shortage of dry land facilities for divers. 50% of a diver's training is away from the pool in gyms and sports halls using trampolines, harnesses and crash mats to practice those twists and turns mid air. The ASA wants diving pools to have these facilities on site so that divers can be fully trained in one place.

So, with the European Diving Championships in Eindhoven in March and high hopes for our 13-strong Olympic diving squad in Beijing this summer it seems right to look to the future - to 2012 and beyond. Planning good provision of diving pools and dry land diving training facilities is a must if we are to produce more Tom Daleys and help them achieve their Olympic dreams. And for those of us with more modest ambitions, diving pools can provide a great place to develop a new, healthy, challenging skill.
About the Author
Pool expert India Cooper states the need to create a diving pool in multiple regions to support the sport. To find out more please visit http://www.ratedpeople.com/find/pool
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 245
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources