The sport of Diving has existed for hundreds of years, dating back to early civilization where individuals used to jump off rock faces instead of diving boards.

While it is a sport, it has also been known to be an artistic activity, and a pastime people would take part in, in a non-competitive manner.

Sport wise however, it is a globally recognized discipline and one that has reached Olympic Games status and one of the most popular sports with the viewers.

For those who still have no idea about what it is, diving is the sport of jumping or falling into water from a platform or springboard, sometimes while performing acrobatics.

Those who compete in diving generally have many of the same characteristics as gymnasts and dancers, including strength, flexibility, kinesthetic judgment and air awareness.

China has been the global leader in the sport and for years has dominated international events like the world championships and Olympic Games.

However, Australia has also been a great nation in competing, claiming regular gold medals at big meets and proving their worth on the world scale.

Other countries that excel in diving are America, Italy and Canada.

Most diving competitions consist of three disciplines, the 1m and 3m springboards, as well as the platform.

Athletes are divided by gender and sometimes by age group and are judged by a panel on the fluency and accurate delivery of their dive.

Each dive has a different degree of difficulty, which is factored into the scoring of each competitor.

Divers are judged on whether and how well they completed all aspects of the dive, the conformance of their body to the requirements of the dive, and the amount of splash created by their entry to the water.

A possible score is out of ten.

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