Here we highlight some of the traditional problem areas.
The back dive remains a problem skill on this grade, as does the pike wedge (this time inwards).
The back pike sit and reverse pike sit also come in to the picture. Most importantly, the pike sits must hit the water with hands close to feet, legs straight and in a ‘V’.
These skills may seem peculiar, but they form the foundation for progressing on to the skills required for the more advanced board grades, such as the inward dive and the back dive tucked.
Board skills 1:
Most skills are fairly simple on this grade, except for the back fall, which must be done without support and hit the water going in the correct direction.
Board skills 2:
The biggest problem here is co-ordinating the hurdle step and armswings.
Board skills 3:
There is quite a big jump to this one, with the inward dive tucked and back dive tucked proving to be quite a sticking point for many divers. Please note – although divers may have been working towards this grade, if their progressions are not ready, they may not have begun to learn these two skills yet. They can take a lot of building up, ensuring the basic components are good enough to enable them to perform these dives, before the coach begins to encourage the diver to attempt them.
Very similar skills to board skills 3, but the forward and inward dive must be piked not tucked. Plus the added difficulty of a backward entry from the 3m, which can prove a problem skill, not because it is technically difficult, but purely because it is quite scary!