wikiHow to Do a Backflip off a Diving Board

This is a great way to do a backflip in water. You CAN do this, but it needs some practice and supervision with you.

Steps

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    Go to the end of the diving board.
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    Have your back face the water
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    Put your feet half-way off the edge of the diving board.
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    Take a very deep breath!
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    Bend your knees, put your arms forward, jump!
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    Do not arch your back backwards as far as it will go, as this will result in your head hitting the board. Keep your back straight and your head neutral and bring your knees up to your body in the "tuck" position.
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    Rotate until you are turned all the way back around and hit the water.

Tips

  • Don't get scared in the middle of the flip. You will smack hard.
  • Do not be scared of doing a belly or back smacker - instead, visualize getting it right.
  • The most important tip is to jump up rather than around. By pulling your knees up to your chest, your body will naturally rotate. If you jump improperly, you may just land in a back-smacker.
  • Don't give up on trying
  • Curl your legs into your body as tight as you can. This will give you a faster rotation.
  • This will probably take practice.
  • Learn how to do a back dive before you go right into a back flip.
  • A set is the arm motion done before a skill that will generate enough power to successfully do the skill. Make sure you jump out in your set for the back flip, unlike how you would set up on the ground. Setting up will most likely result in hitting your head against the diving board.

Warnings

  • Make sure you are in a deep diving pool.
  • Be sure the pool you're at allows back-dives and back-flips.
  • Have a lifeguard near you.

Things You'll Need

  • Diving board (optional)
  • Parent or guardian
  • Goggles
  • Pool (at least 7 feet deep)
  • Swim cap (optional)

Article Info

Categories: Swimming and Diving