Chris Pinkston
In competitive swimming, a good dive off the starting block is essential to winning races and improving your times. If you watch any swimming star, such as Michael Phelps, you will notice that they all have a great dive that gets them far out into the pool in very little time. That of course is the goal of your dive. Below are some diagrams showing how to do so.

Flip turns are used in only freestyle and backstroke. Flip turns are also essential to drop times and win. Its kinda hard to explain flip turns, so below are some diagrams showing you how to do them.