Five judges out of a pool of 14 have been selected and confirmed for each competition.
1. Claudio De Miro (ITA) – Head Judge, FINA official and former member of the Italian diving team
2. Jose Antonio Martinez (MEX) – Substitute Head Judge and FINA official who has been competing in high diving shows since 1988
3. Steve Foley (AUS) – Three-time Olympian and first male Australian to reach finals in both springboard and platform at the Games in 1984
4. Ken Grove (AUT/AUS) – Two-time Olympian and Orlando Duque's first high diving coach
5. Andrey Ignatenko (UKR) – Former World Series diver and winner of the first event in La Rochelle in 2009
6. Greg Louganis (USA) – Four-time Olympic gold medallist
7. Sara Massenz (ITA) – FINA official and former member of the Italian diving team
8. Anke Piper (GER) – Winner of the 10m platform event at the European Championships in 2002
9. Marion Reiff (AUT) – Competed in synchronized platform at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000
10. Renato Rosi (ITA) – Former member of the Italian diving team
11. Jeff Arbon (AUS) – Competed at the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988
12. Dimitri Sautin (RUS) – The most decorated diver of all time with a total of eight Olympic medals
13. Slava Polyeshchuk (UKR) – Former World Series diver and winner of the 1996 Cliff Diving World Cup
14. Julian Llinas (ESP) – FINA judge, judged three Olympic Games
STOP 1: FRANCE Claudio de Miro (ITA) • Anke Piper (GER) • Dmitri Sautin (RUS) • Marion Reiff (AUT) • Renato Rosi (ITA)
STOP 2: DENMARK Claudio de Miro (ITA) • Andrey Ignatenko (UKR) • Julian Llinas (ESP) • Ken Grove (AUT/AUS) • Marion Reiff (AUT)
STOP 3: PORTUGAL Claudio de Miro (ITA) • Julian Llinas (ESP) • Ken Grove (AUT/AUS) • Sara Massenz (ITA) • Tonio Martinez (MEX)
STOP 4: ITALY Claudio de Miro (ITA) • Andrey Ignatenko (UKR) • Greg Louganis (USA) • Renato Rosi (ITA) • Sara Massenz (ITA)
STOP 5: USA Claudio de Miro (ITA) • Greg Louganis (USA) • Slava Polyeshchuk (UKR) • Steve Foley (AUS) • Tonio Martinez (MEX)
STOP 6: UK Claudio de Miro (ITA) • Andrey Ignatenko (UKR) • Anke Piper (GER) • Jeff Arbon (GBR) • Sara Massenz (ITA)
STOP 7: BRAZIL Claudio de Miro (ITA) • Jeff Arbon (GBR) • Ken Grove (AUT/AUS) • Slava Polyeshchuk (UKR) • Tonio Martinez (MEX)
STOP 8: THAILAND Claudio de Miro (ITA) • Dmitri Sautin (RUS) • Renato Rosi (ITA) • Steve Foley (AUS) • Tonio Martinez (MEX)
1. Five judges will score each dive based on a scale of 0 to 10 in half-point increments.
2. Each judge will score the dives without assistance.
3. Judges will not display scores until directed to do so by the announcer.
4. Total points shall be tabulated at the scoring table according to the following. The highest and the lowest judges’ scores will be discarded. The remaining three scores will be added and multiplied by the degree of difficulty for that dive. This will produce the total score for each dive. The total score of all dives performed will be added together to produce the overall total for the competition for each diver.
5. Balks will constitute a deduction from each judge's score as directed by the Head Judge. The dive will be scored as usual and the announcer will deduct two points from each judge's score.
RULEBOOK IN BRIEF
1. Divers perform four dives from a height ranging from 26-28m. There are a total of nine groups: front, back, reverse, inward, front twists, back twists, reverse twists, inward twists and all armstand dives. The two required dives must be performed from different take-off positions. There are five take-off positions (front, back, reverse, inward and armstand). The degree of difficulty for each required dive is 3.8. To clarify: front double half twist and front double 1½ twist are different groups, but the same take-off position. If a dive has less degree of difficulty, it will still be 3.8.
2. The two optional dives must be from different groups from the 9 groups mentioned above. In addition, the optional dives must be done in alternating order every competition. For example: a diver’s two optional dives are quad half and back triple triple. If he chooses the quad half as his first optional dive in the first competition of the series, then he must choose back triple triple in the next competition he competes in and keep alternating his optional dives until the end of the season, even if he missed one or more competitions in between. Starting from 2013, the required dives must also be performed in alternating order every competition. This rule is also effective for wildcard divers who compete more than once in the Series. If a diver performs different dives altogether, the new dive he uses can only be done first if it is from a different group (of the nine groups) than he performed first in the previous competition.
3. A list of dives for each diver shall consist of two required dives of constant degree of difficulty for every athlete (3.8), and two optional dives assigned a degree of difficulty computed from the 2010 HDA table.
4. The divers can change the second optional dive, before the fourth and last round. The head judge must be notified before the beginning of the round. None of the dives can be repeated. If you repeat your optional dive then a penalty applies to the second dive, which will be given a DD of 3.8. In addition, should the group of the two optional dives be the same, the DD is also 3.8.
5. The first required dive will be done after a short warm-up on the second training day. This is already part of the competition and will count 100% towards the total score. After this first round of dives, training can resume. The next day will have a short warm-up period followed by two dives (one required, one optional dive) in head-to-head format. The final dive will be done by the top eight divers (the winners of the head-to-heads plus one lucky loser) in reverse order, according to their cumulative score from the first three dives. Balks will receive a two-point deduction from each judge for the first balk. Another two-point deduction for the second balk and be considered a failed dive on the third balk. A balk is considered an interruption in movement after the diver does his press immediately before the dive. For armstand dives it is the point when both feet leave the platform.
6. Running take-offs on forward dive groups (including twists) are allowed, given there is enough space for the approach.
7. If the diver enters the water with his hands up on a feet-first entry, he can only get a maximum score of five points from each judge. Five points would mean a perfect execution of the entire dive with the exception of the arms. If arms are at or below shoulder height but not in alignment with the body (straight arms either in front or on the side of the body), judges can deduct between ½ to 2 points at their discretion, according to the degree of the mistake.
8. A break in position at or just before entry can have a deduction of ½ to 3 points at the judge’s discretion. An intermediate break of position can receive no more than 4.5 points from each judge. If a dive is done in a completely different position than announced: for example back triple tuck instead of back triple pike, the dive can only receive a maximum of two points.
9. All dives submitted in a list must consist of at least 180 degrees of rotation around a horizontal axis.
10. Otherwise general and known diving rules and guidelines set by FINA apply.