North Carolina Diving



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Team Gear

We are sponsored by Arena and our competition suits are solid Navy Blue, however if you would like to order suits for practice, feel free. If you would like to order suits with the NCDiving Logo please make sure it's an Arena suit. We also offer a team backpack and team warmups. 

If you are on the team and competing at the Regional and Zone levels, I ask that you have a team suit and team warmups. 

The sizing for Arena is a little funny so please speak to Nicky before ordering suits and warmups.

Diving 101

What do those dive numbers mean?


Building a dive

The two primary elements that go into constructing a dive are categories and positions. There are five categories of dives, each labeled by the type of flight. Each group of dives must begin with one component of the flight group - forward, backward, reverse, inward, twisting, and armstand (platform only) - to be the starting point of the dive. Divers then utilize different positions within the dive - straight, pike, tuck and free - in order to complete different dives.

Dive numbers

It is through these categories and positions that dives, and dive numbers are created. When divers submit their list of dives for a round of competition, they identify each dive by number. Traditionally, a dive has three or four numbers, followed by a letter (i.e. 305B or 5132D). Numbers correspond to the categories or positions in a dive.

Three-digit dives

First number: The first number of every three-digit dive corresponds to a category:

1: a forward dive.
2: a back dive.
3: a reverse dive.
4: an inward dive.
5: a twisting dive (only four-digit dives begin with a "5").
6: a dive begun in an armstand position. 

Example: 305B (Reverse)

Second number: The second number of every three-digit dive specifies the initial position of flight. This number is almost always zero (unspecified position) and occasionally 1 (for a dive begun in a straight position). Example: 305B (Nothing)

Third number: The third number of a three-digit dive signifies the number of half-somersaults (ss) that will be performed. (1=dive, 2=1ss, 3=1 1/2ss, 4=2ss)

Example: 305B (2 1/2ss)

The letter: After the three digits of the dive number, a letter is added to signify the dive position:

A: straight position
B: pike position
C: tuck position
D: free position

Example: 305B (Pike)

Example: 207C = Back 3 1/2 ss, Tuck,

                104B = Front 2ss, Pike,

                301A = Reverse Dive Straight

                405C = Inward 2 1/2 ss, Tuck

                614B = Front handstand 2ss, Pike


Four-digit dives

Some dives necessitate four numbers. Dives that begin with "5" mean twisting dives, and follow with the takeoff position (i.e. "2" for back), the number of half-somersaults, the number of half twists, and finally the letter denoting position.


           5237D = back, 1 1/2 somersaults, 3 1/2 twists, free position

           5134D = front, 1 1/2 somersault, 2 twists, free position

           5353B = Reverse, 2 1/2 somersault, 1 1/2 twist, free position


Dives that begin with "6" are armstand dives. They can include three or four numbers before the letter. If a dive begins with "6," the first digit signifies an armstand dive, the second digit signifies forward (1) or backward takeoff (2), the third digit denotes the number of half-somersaults executed, the fourth number (if necessary) denotes the number of half-twists, and the letter signifies the position.

Example: 614B = Front handstand Double ss, Pike

                6243B = Back handstand Double ss, 1 1/2 twist, Pike