Diving equipment and accessories
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- A swimming pool that is at least 5 metres deep.
- For springboard diving: A flexible diving board that can be adjusted to create more or less spring. It should be at least 4.8 metres long and a half-metre wide, with a non-slip surface.
- For platform diving: A board that is at least six metres long and two metres wide, with a non-slip surface.
One important item that all divers can benefit from having is a shammy (also known as a sammy or an aqua towel). These are small, highly absorbent towels that divers can use to dry themselves off between dives, be it during practice or at a competition. Even though bath or beach towels can serve the same purpose, these tend to get soaked fast and are hard to dry. Shammys, on the other hand, are mostly made from a synthetic polymer, which results in a greater absorption of water – one quick squeeze and it is ready for use again.
A physical affliction that is common in diving is the hyperextension of the wrist. Also known as dorsal hyperflexion of the wrist, this problem arises when the wrists are forced back toward the forearm as the diver hits the water. It is vital to have something that can help to reduce or eliminate hyperextension.
With more and more divers beginning to experience wrist problems, the use of wristguards has grown. These wristguards are helpful in preventing injuries, as well as alleviating chronic problems for those who do both springboard and platform diving. The most important aspect of choosing the correct wristguard is making sure that it fits snugly and securely around the wrist, to ensure that it is tight enough to prevent hyperextension.
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