Knowing how to dive headfirst (or headfirst) into any body of water is a very useful skill in many situations. However, before playing, you need to train in a pool that is safe and deep enough. And don't worry: it's okay to be a little nervous at first. In that case, ask a more experienced swimmer or even a lifeguard for help! Either way, just have a little experience and patience and the results will soon come.
Method 1 of 3: Learning Basic Diving Techniques
Step 1. Make sure the pool has the proper depth
Diving head-on is the coolest way to get into the water, but you shouldn't risk your safety. Find out if the pool is just the right depth for your body - that is, roughly double the distance between the water itself and the trampoline, diving platform or other similar structure.
For example: if the trampoline is 1.2 m from the pool, ideally it should be at least 2.4 m deep
Step 2. Sit on the edge of the pool and practice the diving movement
Stand at the edge of the pool and brace your feet against the pool wall. Raise your arms and bring your hands together. Then lean your torso forward slightly without releasing your feet from the wall. Push them and try to get into the water with your arms and fingers before the rest of your body.
- This only works in swimming pools.
- This trick is handy for anyone who has never dived before.
Step 3. Enter the pool on your knees
Kneel in front of the pool, with your dominant foot on the edge of the pool, and extend your other leg behind you. Raise your arms, lower your head, and lean your body toward the water, pushing your foot down into it.
It's a little difficult to get into position, but try your best to get into the pool with your arms first
Step 4. Jump into the pool in an upright position
Here's another trick that can help you get used to head diving. Stand by the pool and jump to your feet. Repeat the technique until you are able to maintain this position throughout the movement.
Method 2 of 3: Basic Standing Dive
Step 1. Stand at the edge of the pool or on a diving platform and turn your toes down
Place your feet on the edge of the pool so that you can turn your toes down towards the tiles on the pool wall or the edge of the platform.
If you are going to depart from a diving platform, place your hands at the sides of your feet for ease of movement
Step 2. Extend your arms over your head and bring your hands together
The dive will be much more fluid if you form this straight line with your body. Bring your hands together, raise your arms, and stand fully upright.
You need to adopt the correct position so that you don't fall on your belly in the water
Step 3. Bend your knees and waist
Lean your body forward at the waist until your head, arms and abdomen form a 45° angle. Meanwhile, bend your knees 120°. Anyway, don't worry so much about these exact numbers: the important thing is to lean your body towards the water.
Step 4. Tilt your weight forward to begin the dive
A good dive is like a domino effect: you need to generate momentum before you enter the water. With your arms still above your head, start transferring your weight forward until you slowly drop into the pool.
It's normal to be nervous at first. Do not worry
Step 5. Push your feet and throw your body into the air
Gravity will take over your body when you lean towards the water. When your head and chest are parallel to the pool, push your feet to launch yourself into the air - but without shifting your arms.
You'll probably have to practice this move a few times before you get it right. Do not give up
Step 6. Enter the water with your arms still pointed up
Keep your arms and hands together and pointed up until you enter the water. They should touch the pool first so that their body forms a 45° angle at that point. If necessary, visualize a kind of "rim" in the water and try to pass through it without touching the edges.
Pretend that this "hoop" is the same diameter as a hula hoop
Step 7. Enter the water in one fluid motion
Continue forming a slight angled angle and use the momentum of the movement to dive with your whole body, not belly. Don't be discouraged if you don't get it right right away: remember that this takes practice!
Method 3 of 3: Learning to Use the Trampoline
Step 1. Swing your arms back when you reach the end of the trampoline
Climb onto the platform and walk to the edge of it. You may be a little nervous, but swing your arms back if you feel yourself losing your balance.
- You only need to swing your arms back when you reach the end of the trampoline.
- Don't run on the trampoline.
Step 2. Raise your arms and one knee and take a jump
Adjust your shape on the tip of the trampoline before taking the plunge. To do this, lift both arms and one knee and take a leap into the air. This also helps generate more momentum.
You'll take two jumps before diving
Step 3. Jump off the trampoline when it starts to swing up
Keep an eye on the trampoline at all times to take the second jump. Wait a second or two after it swings upward, following that momentum from the previous jump. Do your best to jump off the edge - and not end up bumping your body into the material! Finally, keep your arms above your head at all times.
Step 4. Immerse yourself in the water with your hips first
Bend your waist and lower your arms towards the water. Try not to move so much during the dive, or the movement won't be fluid. As with some of the previous methods, enter the pool with your arms and then with the rest of your body.
- You can try other positions, such as extending one foot when diving.
- If you're still learning how to use the trampoline, it's best to stand on the end of the trampoline and turn your fingers down. In that case, project your weight forward and try to dive with your arms first.
- Do not dive into swimming pools or shallow bodies of water. You could be seriously injured.
- Always respect the rules of the pools you want to swim in. Do not dive if this is prohibited!