What you need to know:
Divers submit in advance the dives they'll perform. The more difficult a dive, the higher the potential score, if executed correctly. In the Synchronized Diving events, pairs of athletes dive in tandem and are assessed for execution and synchronization with each other.
Dives are divided into four stages:
- The starting position
- The take-off
- The dive itself
- The entry into the water
Each of these is judged against a strict set of criteria where the winning divers perform difficult and ambitious dives performing every part as near to perfection as possible. The aim is to enter the water vertically with as little splash as possible. If you see merely a ripple, you can expect very high marks. In the Synchronized events, the two divers must dive in perfect harmony.
Breaking the rules may result in a zero score if:
What the judges look for:
Judges (7 for Individual events/11 for Synchronized) assess all phases of the dive and level of synchronization. Each judge awards a score out of 10 for each dive, which is multiplied by the degree of difficulty. In the Synchronized Diving events – a judge never assesses both execution and synchronization. The higher the judges’ score, the higher the diver/team is placed.
- Diver double-bounces on the end of the board
- Performs a dive other than the one submitted
- Takes too long to dive
- Restarts a dive or armstand