Diving is an aquatic sport utilizing springboards (or diving boards) and swimming costumes to perform dives – often somersaults and twists – in order to score points. A diving competition typically has five to seven judges who score each dive out of ten for scoring purposes; FINA serves as the global governing body of aquatic sports such as swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo as a global governing body for these disciplines as well.

Scuba diving can help boost mental health in numerous ways. From facing fears to experiencing marine life up close and personal, scuba diving offers the perfect way to connect with Mother Nature while making you feel calmer and happier than ever.

Physically, diving provides an incredible workout for legs and core muscles. Additionally, diving helps develop flexibility, balance, and endurance if done regularly at different dive locations. Carrying heavy equipment works specific muscles while the resistance of water swimming helps strengthen both leg and core muscles simultaneously. Breathing techniques used in diving – slow controlled and regular breathing patterns – can also help achieve peace of mind by helping reduce stress levels.

When diving from a springboard, begin by crouching close to the edge and moving into position with arms by your sides and hands directed toward the water. Once comfortable with this technique, try jumping off standing position.

Diver performance is measured against various criteria, including starting position, approach and takeoff speeds; dive execution itself; as well as various categories like high diving dive and 3m springboard dives. A maximum score out of ten may be awarded to any particular dive.

Diving is a highly social sport with an established community both locally and internationally. Therefore, starting your diving course locally rather than in an unfamiliar location where there won’t be a support network is ideal in order to quickly master skills and build confidence.

Diving can generally be considered safe sport; however, there are risks involved. It’s essential that divers listen closely to their instructor and take proper care when handling diving equipment in order to stay safe underwater. Respect the underwater environment by paying attention to currents, marine life, potential hazards and depth limits when diving; staying within these boundaries could prevent injury from escalating too far below them; always listen carefully when diving at depth limits – this will ensure a pleasant diving experience! Listening closely will guarantee an enjoyable time diving!