Now in-depth is starting.
I don’t have a mentor yet but I have been reading articles and watching videos on my in-depth, diving.
Like I said, I don’t have mentor yet, but to get the ball rolling I started going to the pool by myself. I explored some of the dives I had researched and had fun integrating some of my aerial techniques from skiing. I had been going to the aquatic center because, it is really close to school and far less busy than Poirier.
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I first started with some jumps and flips that I already knew how to do, such as front flips and misties, a front flip with a 540 degree spin. I then went on to experiment with some front dives.
When you have never done any diving before, it can feel really awkward jumping head first into the water. But I did my best to try some front dive fall-ins, which is when you fall into a dive from standing and without jumping. Now, as easy as that sounds, I was only going of some computer drawn images from sites like http://www.wikihow.com/Do-a-Basic-Front-Dive.
It was fairly simple on the one meter, but on the three meter it was harder to keep composed. I often had a difficult time with keeping my legs orderly, and together. I would enter the water with my legs bent, at the knee, making them parallel with the water. Every time I had my legs bent, they would smack hard against the water, diving to get better just got more and more painful. I kept trying to keep my legs strait but for some reason they kept smacking the water, I then found out it was because of a different problem I was having.
As I said earlier, at the start of in-depth I was being coached by the internet. When I look at the diving position of the hand, the reach, I thought that you wanted to point your fingers to the water. I made sense to me, having your hands together, pointed at the water would give your body some aerodynamics, and the ability to slice through the water. I later learned from my mentor, Ray Sancon, and Aidan Macdonald, a former diver, that you want to have your palms flat to the water. When your hands hit the water, an air bubble is created around your body, so there is less resistance and you’re truly can slice through the water.
See, before when my hands weren’t creating an air bubble around me, I wasn’t slicing through the water. When my upper body had been fully submerged on each dive, it had the full resistance of water all around it, while my legs were still in the air. The momentum forward from my initial jump carried my legs forward, leaving them horizontal to the water and smacking every time.
The first couple of in-depth week have started slow, but now I know the fundamentals of the reach.