I enjoying diving into water though I have no desire to do it from a great height, 5 or 6 feet is about my limit and I’d rather do that 5 or 6 times than go for one big one. And diving even if you are already stood a foot deep in water is fun too.
I find it helps to pick a spot on the water to aim at, a leaf or a little bubble, about a body length and a half away and then it’s just a case of trying to hit it with your fingertips and it all seems to happen quite naturally.
Hesitation is what ruins it and makes it hurt. You have to keep your arms out, head tucked in and legs straight. If you try to peek at what you’re aiming at your head will tilt back and you’ll smack your face in the water. Similarly if you don’t keep your legs straight there is a tendency to bend them at the knees, especially if you feel you’re slightly out of control, it’s almost like trying to use your feet as brakes, only that doesn’t work when you’re mid-air but what does happen is you smack your calf muscles into the water and that hurts.
Obviously it goes without saying that you should:
1) Make sure the water is clear of obstructions. There may have been nothing there yesterday but something may have gone in the water since, check every time. Unless you are absolutely sure of the depth keep your dive shallow.
2) That said, make sure that there is enough width of water that you can come back to the surface before hitting the far side be that a river bank or rocks.
3) Be extra careful when diving into an oncoming flow of water. I did that once at a place I’d dived often before only there was a bit more water flow and as I hit the water the flow tilted my head down and I hit the bottom and broke 2 fingers.
If you are in any doubt, DON’T. The water will still be there tomorrow, so it is best to make sure you are too.