How to Dive under a Wave with a Bodyboard

by Alex Saez
Bodyboarding can effectively teach you the basics of surfing.

Bodyboarding can effectively teach you the basics of surfing.

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Diving under a wave is known as a "duck dive" in bodyboarding. It gets its name because it resembles a bird diving underwater. The purpose of a duck dive is to avoid getting caught in the whitewater caused by a long line of breaking waves. It is one of the fundamental concepts of bodyboarding, so it is important for you to master this technique. Once you properly understand the duck dive, you will be one large step closer to becoming a skilled bodyboarder.

Items you will need

  • Bodyboard


Step 1

Lie on the board, chest down, and paddle into the water using your arms and legs.

Step 2

Grab the board's front end tightly with both hands. Make sure you have a strong grip because waves can be strong enough to rip your board away.

Step 3

Judge the distance of the wave. Wait until the wave is about three feet in front of you before you begin to dive.


Step 1

Push the board's nose underwater once the wave is three feet in front of you.

Step 2

Dive as deep as you can. The deeper you go, the greater your chance of success. Also, turbulence from the waves decreases as you dive further down.

Step 3

Push down on the board with one knee in order to steer through any turbulence.

Step 4

Begin your ascent in a scooping motion once the whitewater passes over you. Imagine that you are inscribing a "U" with your body.

Step 5

Use your hands to pull your board's nose upward so that it points to the surface.

Step 6

Lie on your board again after you surface and start paddling. Repeat the process as many times as necessary.

About the Author

Alex Saez is a writer who draws much of his information from his professional and academic experience. Saez holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Queen's University and an advanced diploma in business administration, with a focus on human resources, from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario.

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