Diving is a sport now over 100 years old. In the early 19th and 20th centuries diving was known as "plunging" and featured what is know known as a "Swan Dive". Later, gymnasts added twists and spins when they practised manoeuvres landing in water instead of on a wooden gym floor. Today, there are more than 70 different types of dives, organized into six different groupings: 1) forward dives, 2) back dives, 3) reverse dives, 4) inward dives, 5) twist dives, 6) armstand dives.
Diving is a year-round way to improve your balance, co-ordination and muscle tone. Because of the risk factor involved with the sport of diving, it is advisable to get lessons from a trained professional. Some elements may take a lot of practise to master. Try each move from a low board before trying it from the highest board or tower.
Diving is an inexpensive sport to get involved in, requiring only a bathing suit. Make sure your swimsuit fits snugly (women should wear a one-piece) because you don't want to lose your bathing suit when you enter the water.
Diving instruction is offered at most pools around town. Dive Calgary (264-3483) operates out of the centrally-located Talisman Centre (Dive Calgary offers the first class free to help make your decision easier). The University of Calgary and Mount Royal College also offer diving lessons (check with their campus Recreation Offices).