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How to dive into the water in a swim meet?

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Asked at 2011.03.07 00:41:10
I swim pretty fast but i've never got the hang of diving in, which is required during compeditions. if i dive in i normally make a splash and my goggles falls off. I bend my knees 45degrees and keep my head down but still doesn't work. Any advice?
answer pinneapple_418  Answered at 2011.03.07 00:41:10
Okay, I don't know what people are talking about with the shallow diving, because that just sounds painful. What I do is before I dive in, I push my goggles over my eyes so it has that suction-y feeling. Then, when I jump in, I tuck my head and put my arms right by my goggles on my head. When tucking my head, I tuck it enough so that if the rush of water were to pull at my head, it would pull at my forehead instead of where my goggles are. So, in other words, if you were to do it out of water, you would put your arms by your ears, and then tuck your head down to where your chin is almost touching your chest. Stance doesn't really matter mainly because when you do dive, you should look up and out. This will enable you for some reason to jump farther out instead of down, and give you a better start for your race since most of the time you lose is on your start and turns.

So when diving, just remember to look up when pushing off, tuck your head in, and keep your arms by your head. This always works for me. Good luck on your next race! ~
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