Introduction.

In 2020, the world’s very first Synchronized High Diving Championship will be held in Thun, Switzerland (see: www.highdiving.ch/events). The rules have been put together using the FINA High Diving Rules (2017–2021) as well as the FINA Diving Rules (2017–2021). Furthermore, the Infinite Drop board has added some of their own regulations.

Infinite Drop Synchronized High Diving Rules.

1. General rules.

The competition shall comprise of three (3) dives from at least two (2) different take-off groups. One (1) required dive with a maximum degree of difficulty (DD) of 2.8, and two (2) dives without limit of DD.

Women and men can dive in mixed teams. Furthermore, participants from different countries can compete together. Both divers must dive off the same height. The divers can perform „pin wheel dives“ (contrary movement, e.g. front + inward / back + reverse). These dives will not be counted as two different dive groups; but the easier dive group applies regarding the DD.

If the DD of a required dive is less than 2.8, the calculated DD will be used. If the divers perform a dive above 2.8, they will only receive 2.8.

Due to safety reasons, no handstand dives will be allowed during the competition.

If the dive numbers of two dives are the same and only the execution is different, then the dives will be counted as the same dive.

In view of the number of athletes at a competition, the committee and judges can decide on an elimination procedure.

The athletes can choose from eight (8) different take-off positions.

Position Group Take-Off Position
1 1.0 Forward
2 2.0 Back
3 3.0 Reverse
4 4.0 Inward
5 5.1 Front Twist
6 5.2 Back Twist
7 5.3 Reverse Twist
8 5.4 Inward Twist

2. Judging.

Nine (9) international judges observe each dive and independently award scores unrelated to the dive’s difficulty. The score range is 0–10 points, with 1/2 marks in between. Five (5) judges are judging only the synchronicity of the divers. The highest and lowest marks are eliminated. The other four (4) judges are judging only the execution of the individual dives (two (2) judges per diver). The highest and the lowest score are eliminated.

The judges need to take care of: (deductions of 0,5–2 points can be given)

  • The stance, strength of the takeoff and same takeoff height.
  • The coordination and flexibility in the air.
  • Same angle of dip when hitting the water.
  • Same distance to the platform.
  • Simultaneity of the entry.

3. Points.

In total there are five (5) individual scores remaining from the judges. The sum of the remaining scores is multiplied with the degree of difficulty to determine the final points awarded for each dive.

If one of the athletes hits the water, before the other athlete have left the platform, both divers will achieve zero (0) points.

If one of the divers will show a failed dive, both divers will achieve zero (0) points.

3.1. Take Off.

Regarding the takeoff, the judges have to pay attention to its height, angle, position and determination.

3.2. Positions.

Regarding the athlete’s positions the judges will have to pay attention to the clarity of the announced position. In tuck or pike position, they will have observe if the legs of the athletes are closed.

A Layout
B Pike (min. 90° body angle)
C Tuck (hands must grip lower legs)
D Free
E 3 positions
F Split (clear visible layout position)
(1) Flying (clear layout position of > 90°)
3.3. Water Entrance.

Athletes have to keep their arms downwards during the feet first water entrance.

1st priority Untwisted vertical straightness and body strength
2nd priority Water splash
3.4. Deductions.
Deduction of 0.5–1.0 Entry correction (slight pike position)
Deduction of 0.5–2.0 Open legs in B or C position
Deduction of 0.5–2.0 Different stance and/or strength of takeoff, different takeoff height
Deduction of 0.5–2.0 Different immersion angles at water entry
Deduction of 0.5–2.0 Different distance to the platform
Deduction of 0.5–2.0 Non-simultaneous entry
Deduction of 0.5–3.0 Twisted water entry < 45°
Deduction of 1.0 Non-execution of the dive, 1st attempt
Deduction of 2.0 Non-execution of the dive, 2nd attempt
Max. Score of 6.5 Twisted water entry (45°–90°)
Max. Score of 5.0 Touching the platform during the dive
Max. Score of 4.5 Flying position is shown less than 90° in a straight position
Max. Score of 4.5 One diver shows a wrong position in the air
Max. Score of 4,5 Wrong arm position during water entrance
Score of 0.0 Divers don’t show at least two (2) different takeoff groups
Score of 0.0 Twisted water entrance > 90°
Score of 0.0 Non-execution of the dive, 3rd attempt
Score of 0.0 Variation of the announced dive
Score of 0.0 Exceeding the 2 minutes time limit
Score of 0.0 One diver entries the water before the other has left the platform
Score of 0.0 Performance of a wrong or failed dive
Score of 0.0 (Feet first dives only): hands or head touch the water before the feet

Addition.

In case a performed dive raises concern (e.g. the athlete didn’t execute the dive he announced), all judges will render their uninfluenced scores. The Head Judge will inform the officials on the raised concern and the circumstances will be addressed after the competition, prior to the awards ceremony/prize money distribution. The Head Judge, the Infinite Drop technical director, elected during the pre-event meeting, and the athlete will together review the situation and come to a final decision. All video material will be submitted for observation.

Protest.

In case that an athlete, a judge or an Infinite Drop official recognises a failed dive, an error or an irregularity that could have influence on the ranking, he can announce a protest to the Infinite Drop board. This protest must be presented in written form no later than two hours after the last dive and must contain a complete description of the occurrence. The Head Judge, the Infinite Drop technical director, elected during the pre-event meeting, and the athlete will together decide whether the protest is reasonable. All video material will be submitted under such circumstances.