From the standpoint of mechanical analysis and the scientific approach, the book has no equal... a must, whether you have been active in diving only one year or for fifty years. -- Bob Webster, Diving coach, winner of the 1960 and 1964 Olympic Gold Medal This scientific approach to the subject and its appropriate illustrations make it an excellent textbook for this type of athlete. -- Avery Brundage
Charles Batterman was a diving coach at MIT who was among the first to approach the sport from a scientific approach. He was an aAsistant pPofessor of Physical Education at MIT coaching swimming, diving, soccer, lacrosse, and water polo.
Charles Batterman, one of the nation's leading experts on diving, has written a book described as 'the first on diving to progress beyond the beginner's state.'In separate chapters, the book covers all the main groups of dives. There are chapters on the 'saving' of dives (how to rectify a fault in the air) and judging. There are stroboscopic movie action shots, each frame at one-hundred thousandth of a second, of Olympic and national championships.' -The New York Times