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Excerpt — Springboard and Platform Diving

The stance and walk

As mentioned in the preface, former Indiana University and International Hall of Fame diving coach Hobie Billingsley liked to say that the forward approach is the most difficult part of diving. Few coaches and divers would dispute Hobie’s claim.

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Takeoffs

The reason for revisiting the magic position is that the following essential positions for the takeoff are impossible to attain to any degree of proficiency without first establishing the magic position. From the magic position, there are five basic takeoff positions for springboard and platform takeoffs.

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Introductory and Beginning Divers

Level 1 is the entry level for the sport of diving. It is perhaps the most important level because the primary coaching objectives are to hook young kids on the great sport of diving and begin laying a rock-solid foundation for success.

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