It’s with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of one of our members, Bill Stewart, who passed on Monday.
Bill was well known in the dock diving community and our events won’t be the same. We will greatly miss Bill and miss seeing him behind the Speed Retrieve rig, yelling Linda’s name after one of her questionable throws and hanging out in his tent talking to everyone. He was a super sport and a super member that was greatly loved.
Linda, you have the love and support of your Dixie Dock Dogs family.
Dock Diving (also known as Dock Jumping) is a world-wide canine sport run by several organizations. The organization that Dixie Dock Dogs is affiliated with is DockDogs and more information and videos can be found on their website:
Dockdogs Website Thank you, Dock Dogs for helping us run a fantastic club!
Dock Diving is when a dog runs down a 40-foot regulation dock and jumps into either a pool or body of water. The dog’s motivation is a toy, which can be anything from a tennis ball to a stuffed animal. Dock diving is open to any dogs six (6) months or older, any breed, and any person seven (7) years of age and older.
There are three disciplines in dock diving; “Big-Air”, “Speed Retrieve” and “Extreme Vertical”. Competitors may compete in one, two or all three disciplines. If the team competes in all three, then they are considered a fourth discipline called “Iron Dog”.
Big Air® is a “long jump for dogs”. The Dog, which may be placed anywhere on to the 40′ dock, runs, & jumps into the water after a throw toy. The distance is judged from the end of the dock to where the tail set of the dog breaks the water’s surface.
Novice 0’1” – 9’11”
Junior 10’0” – 14’11”
Senior 15’0” – 19’11”
Master 20’0” – 22’11”
Elite 23’0” – 24’11”
Super Elite 25’ and above
Amateur 17’11” or less
Semi Pro 18’0” – 21’11”
Pro 22’0” or greater
Extreme Vertical® is a “high jump” for dogs. The dog starts off at the 20′ mark on the dock & jumps up to a bumper toy extended out 8′ from the end of the dock over the water. The starting height for Extreme Vertical® is 4’6″ and goes up in 2″ increments as competition progresses.
Cadet Up to 5’11”
Top Gun 6’0” to 6’11”
High Flyer 7’0” and above
Speed Retrieve® is a “timed event”. At the far end of the pool a bumper toy is suspended 2″ above the water with a starting indicator above it. The dog is then placed at the 20′ white mark on the dock; when the light turns green the handler releases the dog. The time clock stops ticking when the dog has pulled the toy from the Speed Retrieve® bracket.
Division Scored Time
Sonic < 5.999 seconds
Turbo 6.000 – 7.999 seconds
Express > 8.000 seconds
Iron Dog™ is similar to a triathlon. Dogs that are registered as an Iron Dog™, will have their best score in each of the three disciplines from the event (Big Air®, Speed Retrieve®, and Extreme Vertical®) calculated from the points table. The goal is to achieve the highest points table.
Division Total Score
Spartans 3000 + points
Titans 2800.001 to 2999.999
Warriors Up to 2800 pointsCopyright material compliments of Dock Dogs, Inc.