Almost everyone in South Carolina has jumped into a swimming pool, at least once, hoping to make a big wave. Some call it an art form, some make huge splashes accidentally or with a belly-flop—there are splash competitions and the word “cannonball” is one of the most popular pool-associated words used. Needless to say big water fun is a part the Charleston summer tradition.

There’s a lot of debate on how to create the highest water wall that will drench the deck and soak the spectators. The dimensions of the person are often thought to be key factors in producing a wet effect.

But even smaller swimmers can create a tidal wave, when there is a focus on technique and style.

Pretty much anyone who has ever taken a dip before has heard of the cannonball. And that is a legitimate move to cause some water havoc. But have you heard of the can opener, nutcracker, gainer, sow cow or watermelon?

Out of all of those splashing moves and techniques, the watermelon has gained a lot of popularity recently. Basically, it’s the same concept as the cannonball, but you go head first. You could even call it a cannonball dive.

The other move of high hype is the can opener or jackknife. When you go to jump in, use both hands to bring your knee up to your chest and let the other leg rest straight.

What is your favorite splash technique? Want to add a dive to the list? Alaglas would love to hear from you. Please leave your comments below.