If you want to make sure you don’t get hurt and still make the biggest splash, go for the deep end! You want to avoid the shallow end not only for your safety, but because it won’t have the same splash effect that you’ll get if you used the deep end.
The goal here is not to belly-flop in front of everyone! What you want to do is hug your knees to your chest, make the best 90 degree angle you can possibly muster with your body, and use your feet to bounce off of the bottom of the pool. Don’t be too tense though!
This form isn’t a fool-proof way to make a good cannonball, so do what you think works best!
When you go for the big jump, you don’t want to jump too late or too soon. The sweet spot is just a few inches away from the edge of the pool, but if you’re confident in your timing-skills, you can bounce off of the edge itself. Jump too soon and you can lose a lot of momentum, but if you jump too late you’ll end up running straight into the pool. Practice makes perfect!
While distance is important, you want to focus on height, too. If you have a diving board it’s even better! The higher you come down from, the more waves you make.
Pool safety comes into play here, but so does your amazing cannonball. The last thing you want is to slip over a puddle and get seriously injured trying to impress everyone in attendance about your splash. Pick a fairly dry part of the floor to get your running start on, don’t be shy to give it a quick test to ensure your feet don’t slip!
Your safety is way more important than a quick cannonball.