The past couple of weeks I had been mainly working on things that I kind of already knew how to do, with my mentor. I was perfecting my front dive fall-ins, and front dives, both on the 1 metre and the 3 metre. I kept asking if there was something else I could do to add a challenge. He willingly taught me a way to complicate my dive, and in this last class, Ray showed me 2 types of dive entrances, which add a whole new layer to my diving.
An entrance, is basically a technique or motion that helps you generate power for your take off. The two entrances I learned were called the T,Y,O and the hurtle.
The “T,Y,O” just represents the position of your body. For this entrance you start at the end of the board in a T position, so feet together and arms out horizontally.
You then stand on your tippy toes as you move your arms in to a Y.
The last step is the O. Quickly after you move into the Y position, you move your arms in a backwards circle. As your arms get to their lowest point, you bend your knees. The circle motion of your arms, combined with the bend of your knees creates momentum that drives the spring board down. Next, you complete the circle with your hands, and driving forces of your arms, jump, and the spring board, project you much higher than just jumping with your legs.
The second entrance I learned was the “hurtle”. The hurtle generates more propulsion that the TYO, but it is a bit more technical.
You start on the board, about two steps back from the edge, standing with your feet together and our arms straight out in front of you.
You then take one step forward, with your left leg, while dropping your hands to your side.
Next, drive your right knee forward while jumping to the end of the spring board, and raising your arms straight up.
When you land at the end of the board, you do your O. While bending your knees you move your arms in a backwards circle to generate momentum for your jump.
As you can see, both of these are quite complex and have a lot of moving parts to them. It took me two classes to be able to comfortably incorporate the entrances with my front dive, with a lot of frustratingly awkward falls in between. Ray was a lot of help, he has only been diving for 2 years so he recently remembers having the same struggles I was having. He had some good tips to speed up my learning. For instance, he told me to break it down into parts when thinking about it, instead of trying to both the entrance and the dive all at once. Whenever I am trying new things in diving, I break it down and go step by step, and I get through a lot easier.
Ps: I couldn’t find any pictures to demonstrate the entrances, and I realize they might be difficult to imagine just from reading them. So if you me to demonstrate them for you, just ask and I will be happy to do so.