Date: 6th July 2016
Location: Waltham Forest Diving Club, London Aquatics Centre
Rules: The 10m Platform involves diving or falling into the water from a platform 10 metres high. It requires poise and great courage. During the fall, athletes can perform a number of spins, flips and twists before hitting the water at speeds up to 55mph, with as little water disturbance as possible. The Platforms are 10 metres high, and 21ft long with a non-slip surface. The pair of divers must perform five synchronized dives from at least four different categories, with at least one forward-facing dive and one can't be performed from a standing position. The first two dives are assigned a 2.0 difficulty and the remaining three have no set level.
Sarah: Before our final diving lesson, I even searched the rules for how to be disqualified for the 10m Platform event; so eager was I to get out of it! After being too scared to do the individual dives, there was no way we were going to do the synchro dive. I haven't even got my arms positioned correctly in this picture. Oh well, we'll chalk this 10m Platform experience up as an incite into our own limitations.
Ellie: We're writing these updates a little while after the experience and I feel like saying that one day I'll manage this 10m dive. In reality, as soon as we get to the top of the board I felt totally sick and so it is really unlikely that I'll ever manage it but it's been great to join a diving club and have some training in something I really enjoy so you never know.... except I do... but maybe... obviously not... maybe?