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Rules and Regulation

FR 14. HIGH DIVING

General requirements: Dimensions in metres for all high diving facilities as detailed in High Diving Facilities Diagram, Annex 4.1 and Annex 4.2, shall be observed.
In natural surroundings the dimensions can be adjusted to the local situation and approved by FINA Bureau. The Annex 1 is established by the FINA Facilities Committee in cooperation with the FINA Technical High Diving Commission and approved by the FINA Bureau.

The Annex 1 is established by the FINA Facilities Committee in cooperation with the FINA Technical High Diving Commission and approved by the FINA Bureau.

FR 14.1 Platform High Diving

FR 14.1.1 Each platform shall be rigid and horizontal.

FR 14.1.2 The minimum dimensions of the platform shall be:
20m and 27m platforms 2.00m width 4.00m length
5m, 7.5 and 10m platforms 1.50m width 4.00m length

FR 14.1.3 The preferred thickness of the front edge of the platform shall not exceeding 0.16 metre and can be vertical or inclined at an angle not greater than 10° to the vertical inside the plummet line.

FR 14.1.4 The platforms shall be covered in an anti slip material that shall have a tread pattern that provides sufficient traction in wet and dry conditions such that the divers are prevented from slipping when performing dives in all directions.

FR 14.1.5 The front edge of the 20m and 27m platforms shall project at least 3.50 metres beyond the edge of any obstacle. The 5m and 7.5m shall project at least 1.5 metres beyond the edge of any obstacle and the 10m platforms at least 1.50 metres.

FR 14.1.6 The back and sides of each platform shall be surrounded by handrails up to 1m from the edge of the platform with a minimum clearance of 1.8 metres between vertical pairs. The minimum height shall be 1.0 metre and they shall be with at least two horizontal
crossbars placed outside the platform beginning 1.00 metre from the front edge of the platform.

FR 14.1.7 Each platform shall be accessible by suitable non-slip stairs (not ladders) as required by the country’s building regulations and or health and safety standards that are applicable.

FR 14.1.8 It is preferable that a platform is not constructed directly under any other platform however in circumstance where this cannot be avoided then you must refer to High Diving Diagram, Annex 1.

FR 14.1.9 The platform shall be a concrete, steel or other rigid material construction as approved by FINA. The longitude and latitude movement/oscillation allowance for the entire 27 metres high tower structure shall be 2.7 cm (1/1000 from 27m). The maximum wind speed for the tower oscillation stability is 54km/hour (banners will affect the stability). The downward flex at the diving end of the platform shall not exceed 2-3mm and approved by the local authority of the area.

FR 14.2 General Requirements

FR 14.2.1 For High Diving platforms designed and constructed after 31st December 2014 the minimum dimensions in metres for high diving facilities as detailed on the “High Diving Facilities Diagram” (Annex 4.1 & Annex 4.2) shall prevail, using, as a basic measuring point of reference, the plummet line, which is a vertical line extending through the centre of the front edge of the platform. It is recommended that the preferred dimensions be used for projects considered to have an important status.

FR 14.2.2 The platform height for the 20m platform, must not be less than 20m and not more than 20.5m. The platform height for the 27m platform, must not be less than 27m and not more than 27.5m.

FR 14.2.3 The platforms shall face north in the northern hemisphere and south in the southern hemisphere where possible.

FR 14.2.4 The water temperature shall be not less than 18° Celsius.

FR 14.2.5 A certificate of suitability for use of the venue shall be issued by the appropriate local health and safety authorities. In general terms the certification must also relate to the general water quality for human use.

FR 14.2.6 The surface agitation shall be done by a strong horizontal water spray and the scuba divers must also provide additional splash when necessary. The water spray must not be mounted higher than 1.50m above the water level. The water spray should be strong and
provide foamy white water for better visibility for the athletes. The spray or the foam must be strong enough to cover the landing area.

FR 14.2.7 If the average wind speed exceeds 40km per hour then the competition cannot continue until the average wind speed is below 40km. If lighting is with in 3km of the site then the competition is to be postponed until the lighting subsides or moves away from the venue.

FR 14.3 Security and Emergency Rescue Requirements

FR 14.3.1 For all High Diving competitions and training from 20m or higher medical staff, scuba teams and rescue equipment must be on duty and in position at the venue.

FR 14.3.2 The minimum medical staff shall consist of two (2) doctors, with knowledge in trauma injuries, two to three (2-3) staffed ambulances on site and a designated hospital with an Orthopaedic surgery unit on alert.

FR 14.3.3 The scuba team consists of two (2) apnea, one (1) scuba diver and 1-2 reserve scuba divers, one (1) scuba captain.

FR 14.3.4 The rescue equipment comprises:
- 2 rescue boats
- 2 spinal boards
- 5 stiff neck collars
- 2 defibrillators
- 2 oxygen tanks
- Blankets
- General first aid kit

FR 14.4 Judges Seating

FR 14.4.1 The judges shall be placed side by side in two lines on one side of the platform with the sunlight in the back or above the judges. Four judges in the back and three in the front, 1m below the back row.

FR 14.4.2 No judge shall be seated behind the front edge of the platform.

FR 14.4.3 The judges shall be seated at a distance of 35-40 metres from the entry point for the 27m platform and 25-30 metres for the 20m platform and their positions elevated by approximately three (3) metres above the water level.

FR 14.5 Electronic Officiating Equipment

FR 14.5.1 Electronic Officiating equipment records the judges awards for each diver and determines the final score for each dive as required by Rule HD 6

FR 14.5.2 Preferred Equipment must be able to:

FR 14.5.2.1 Record judges awards by whole and half points

FR 14.5.2.2 Be able to display all recorded and calculated information for each diver both before and after each dive

FR 14.5.2.3 Be able to display the scores for all divers before and after each dive

FR 14.5.2.4 Be able to display the rank order and scores for all divers after each round of dives

FR 14.5.2.5 The equipment must provide each judge with an electronic judging device that will permit each judge to enter their award and to see their award on a window on the device. After the referee has accepted the judges awards, all awards shall be displayed on each electronic judging device

FR 14.5.2.6 Judges analysis is to be provided at the conclusion of each event or series 

FR 14.5.2.7 The referee must be provided with a monitor on which he/she will be able to view the awards of all the judges prior to the awards then being displayed on the score board

FR 14.5.2.8 There is a requirement for a print out of the following information;

1. The draw for the diving order
2. A start list for each session or event
3. A ranking of dives at the end of each round
4. A ranking of dives at the end of each event
5. Judges awards and scores for each diver at the end of each session and event

ANNEX 4.1 / 4.2