It was pleasure attending 33rd Open swimming competition held at Otters Club on 7th/8th April, in Mumbai. There was no program for adults in diving category which I was keen in participating. However I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club. It was wonderful to see such rich talent!.
I believe India has great potential in this sport, and there is great scope for coaching and infrastructure.
The results of the tournament- 2018resultswimdiving(33rd Otters)
Here are couple of videos that I shot.
I take this opportunity to share my diving experience. Below videos has ensemble of clips from various stages of learning process. Interestingly for me it was not difficult to learn the basic of front and back flip.
Age is never the criteria to learn these type of skills or sport. It is your muscle memory that helps you become better or go beyond your belief. If one is learning at any earlier age it becomes easier because he has little memory or no memory, but it gets slightly difficult if you are grown up.
Confidence is another factor that helps us make better decision, and it is based on routine training. Hence training and method of learning is key in this sport.
I believe gymnastic is the most essential factor in learning diving…however you also need to know how to swim!.
In the video below my toes are not always pointing as i am not regularly able to hyperextend my legs. This is where muscle memory comes in. We humans are structured differently than other species, our feet are perpendicular to our legs. In diving or gymnastic we need to hyperextend our legs by pointing our toes. This can be learned quickly if one is very young. The muscles are soft and extra flexible. Nevertheless it still can be learned if one is discipline and trains regularly.
We learned(group of 3)learned how to do the basic front and back flip in less than one hour. However like all skills, repetition is key for mastering it, and we are not there yet…