A few notes:
- Scores in diving range from a high of "10" (Excellent) to a low of "0" (failed).
- Whenever possible -- judges should be seated on BOTH sides of the diving well.
- Whenever possible (and at all "big" meets) there should be both a referee and an assistant referee who are seated on opposite sides of the pool.
- The ASSISTANT referee makes the call (failed dive) and the referee either confirms it or does not confirm it. In order for the dive to be declared failed -- BOTH the referee AND the assistant referee should be in agreement.
- If the referee declares the dive to be "failed" -- all scores are "0" -- even if one or more of the judges does NOT think it was failed.
- A judge who gives a "0" to a dive not declared failed by the referee should be able to defend that score with an explanation other than "it was my opinion."
- All diving judges should watch as much diving as they are able in order to keep their "diving eye" sharp.
- All diving judges should know and understand the rules of the sport.
- All diving judges should first and foremost be completely neutral; judge what they see fairly and accurately and always give the diver the benefit of the doubt.