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horsey

a type of `bomb' dive. Jumping into water with one leg tucked under arms into the chest, the other extended straight out. Compare banana, can-opener, peg leg.

Contributor's comments: Horsey was in common usage in Broken Hill 40 years ago for this type of one leg tuck 'bomb'. Variation on this was to grab the tucked leg with both arms. Quality was judged by the increased noise on the ear drums. The greater the noise, the higher the water displacment.
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At the Greensborough Swimming Pool in the 1960s. Jumping into water with one leg tucked under arms into the chest, the other extended straight out. Compare can-opener, horsey, peg leg.
can-opener

a type of `bomb' dive. Jumping into water with one leg tucked under arms into the chest, the other extended straight out. Note: a full `bomb' requires both legs to be tucked: Bernie always goes the can-opener off the rock at Pine Island. Compare banana, horsey, peg leg.

Contributor's comments: [Perth informant] We call it a 'horsey'.

Contributor's comments: This is not Australian in origin. I remember using this term (which is very common) as a small child in California 40 years ago. Somehow I think that it is more likely that the term would come from the US to Australia rather then the other way around - especially considering the respective size of the populations at the time I first remember hearing it.

Contributor's comments: On the mid north coast of NSW a can opener is called a peg leg.

Contributor's comments: We always used to call that a 'banana' at the Greensborough Swimming Pool in the 1960's.
peg leg

a type of `bomb' dive. Jumping into water with one leg tucked under arms into the chest, the other extended straight out. Compare banana, can-opener, horsey.