In the sport of diving, there is much more to training than what you see. You would think most divers just perform their dives day in and day out working on various things throughout the week and the practice. Well that is not quite exactly the case. In diving, divers typically perform dryland training anywhere between 2 – 5 days a week. Dryland training is a great way for divers to work on flipping and twisting mechanics with out getting in the pool. Most dryland training will consist of tumbling, flipping off of mats, trampoline and a diving board. A great part of dryland training is the quantity of work that can be put in. It is much easier and faster to perform 10 full approaches with a hurdle off the diving board onto a mat than off the board into water. It is also a fantastic way to work on your spotting and your come outs without having to worry about hitting the water. When I was in college, we had dryland training 2 days a week at 6 in the morning and then afternoon practice in the water. Dryland training is a critical key element to any successful diving program and the benefits pay twice over as the season progresses.
Here is an awesome video of the University of Missouri dive team performing their dryland exercises. You will notice the divers doing all of the training exercises I had described above.
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.