Dock Diving Terminology
Big Air Diving: Big Air is the long jump equivalent for canine athletes. At speeds over 20 mph; these dogs catapult themselves off the end of a 40-foot dock into a body of water to retrieve their favorite toy. Jump distances are measured from the end of the dock to where the base of the dogs’ tail breaks the water. The current record stands at 31 feet.
Extreme Vertical Jumping: Extreme vertical is a high jump contest in which the dog launches upward, nearly seven feet in the air, to quench his instinctual desire to play fetch in its most extreme form. Rather than clearing a cross bar as in track and field, the dogs must knock down a bumper which is suspended over the water and is positioned eight feet out from the end of the dock. The current world record is 8 feet 10 inches.
Speed Retrieve: Speed Retrieve is the sprint for dogs. A bumper is hung at the end of the pool, 2 inches from the surface of the water. The dog then runs 20 feet along the dock , jumps in the water and swims to the bumper. The dog is timed from the time he starts their run on the dock until they completely grab the bumper from the rig.