The Hand Grab
Level – all levels
The last thing a judge sees when observing a dive, is the entry. The aim – splashless and vertical. It is the hand grab (among other things) which eventually enables divers to make their entries splashless (or RIP – so called because it can sound like someone ripping a piece of paper!).
It is one of the first technical skills a diver is taught, during their first lesson as it’s vital the correct hand grab becomes second nature.
The fingers of one hand, clasp the fingers of the other hand and the palms should be completely flat to the water. Straight arms, will ensure a less splashy entry and the diver should feel a “slap” on the palm of their leading hand.
Regardless of the direction of rotation, the diver should always aim to get their hands flat on the water and their arms perpendicular to the water.