D 6.1 The Referee shall be in control of the competition and located in a position so that he can manage the competition and ensure that the Rules are observed.
D 6.2 The Referee may designate Assistant Referees, who:
• shall observe the diver(s) on the platform,
• confirm the awards prior to their announcement, and
• in synchronised diving, will be positioned on the opposite side of the pool to observe the performance of the diver on that side.
D 6.3 The Referee shall inspect the statements of dives. If the statement does not comply with the Rules, the Referee shall have it corrected before the beginning of the competition.
D 6.4 The diver, or the diver’s representative, shall be informed of the Referee as soon as possible, that a correction is required.
D 6.5 In the case of unforeseen circumstances, the Referee may declare a short break, a postponement or a discontinuation of the competition. If possible the break should be done after a full round of dives.
D 6.6 Following an interruption, the competition shall be continued from where it was stopped. The points scored before the interruption shall be carried forward into the remaining portion of the competition, whenever it is held. Note: If the competition cannot be continued, the result will be determined by the Jury of Appeal.
D 6.7 When there is a strong wind, the Referee may give a diver the right to make a re-start without deduction of points.
D 6.8 Before each dive, the Referee or the official announcer shall announce in the language of the host country the name of the diver and the dive to be executed. In competitions where different platforms are used the height of the platform shall also be announced. If a scoreboard is used, all information concerning the dive shall be displayed and the announcement may be restricted to the identification of the diver.
D 6.9 When a dive is incorrectly announced, the diver or his representative shall advise the Referee immediately, who shall then confirm the diver’s statement of dives.
D 6.10 If the incorrectly announced dive is executed by the diver, the Referee may cancel it and have the correct dive announced and performed immediately.
D 6.11 The dive shall be executed after a signal given by the Referee. The signal shall not be given before the diver has assumed his position on the board or platform and the Referee has checked the indicator board. For backward and inward take-offs, the diver shall not proceed to the end of the springboard or platform until after the signal has been given by the Referee.
D 6.12 Each diver shall be given sufficient time for the preparation and execution of the dive, but if it takes more than one minute after the Referee has given a warning, the diver shall receive zero (0) points for the dive announced.
D 6.13 When a diver executes a dive before the signal is given, the Referee shall decide whether the dive shall be repeated.
D 6.14 In exceptional circumstances, the Referee may allow a diver to repeat a dive without penalty. The awards for the first dive must be noted should a protest be lodged.
D 6.15 The request for such a repetition must be made immediately by the diver or his representative.
D 6.16 If the diver double bounces on the end of the springboard or platform before take-off, the Referee shall declare a failed dive.
D 6.17 When it is quite clear that the dive has been performed in a position other than that announced, the Referee shall repeat the announcement, and declare that the maximum award shall be 2 points, before giving the judges the signal to show their marks. If a judge then awards more than 2 points, the Referee shall declare the award from that judge to be 2 points.
D 6.18 When the Referee is certain that a diver has performed a dive of a number other than that announced, the Referee shall declare it a failed dive.
D 6.19 When one or both arms are held above the head in a feet first entry or below the head in a head first entry, the Referee shall declare the maximum award to be 4? points. If a judge then awards more than 4? points, the Referee shall declare the award from that judge to be 4? points.
D 6.19.1 In head first dives, if the feet enter the water before the head or hands, the Referee shall declare it a failed dive.
D 6.19.2 In feet first dives, if the head or hands enter the water before the feet, the Referee shall declare it a failed dive.
D 6.20 During the execution of a dive, there shall be no assistance to the diver from any person. Assistance between dives shall be permitted.
D 6.21 The Referee may declare a dive to be failed if he considers that assistance has been given to the diver after the starting signal.
D 6.22 When a diver in a running dive takes a step and stops or in a standing dive stops the movement for the take-off after the legs have commenced to press, the Referee shall declare there has been a re-start and shall deduct 2 points from the award of each judge.
D 6.23 When there is a restart in a running, standing, or armstand dive, the Referee shall deduct 2 points from the award of each judge.
D 6.24 When a second attempt (a re-start) is unsuccessful, the Referee shall declare a failed dive.
D 6.25 When a diver refuses to execute a dive, the Referee shall declare a failed dive.
D 6.26 If a diver in a competition disturbs a contest, the Referee may exclude him from that competition. If a member of a team, a coach or an official disturbs a contest, the Referee may exclude that person from the competition area.
D 6.27 The Referee may remove any judge from the competition whose judgement he regards as unsatisfactory and may appoint another judge to replace him. At the end of the competition the Referee shall make a written report to the Jury of Appeal.
D 6.28 Such a change of judge shall take place only at the end of a session or round of dives performed by each diver.
D 6.29 At the end of the competition the Referee shall confirm the final results by his signature.