Diving boards can be a fun and exciting addition to your swimming pool, whether you’re an aspiring Greg Louganis or just want to add versatility to your pool. However, you definitely want to do your homework in order to determine whether or not it is the right choice for your family. Diving board safety awareness needs to a number-one priority.
It is a myth that most pool accidents occur on a diving board. In fact, according to the Spinal Cord Injury Information Network and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, less than 10 percent of all swimming pool diving injuries involve the diving board. Clearly, when sound, reasonable diving board safety precautions are kept in mind, diving can be a safe, enjoyable pastime.
- Never dive into above-ground pools. They are not meant for diving and do not have sufficient depth for it.
- Don’t run off a diving board. When running it is difficult to adjust for mistakes or keep your footing on a wet board. Walk up to the edge of the board before diving in.
- Don’t move a diving board from one pool to another without a pro. Diving boards are not interchangeable on all pools. Have your diving board installed professionally to ensure it is a proper fit to your pool’s size and shape. DO NOT take an old board from a different pool and install it without consulting a professional first.
- Don’t believe everything you read. Just because a sign says that the water is a certain depth, do not take that for granted. The very first time you go off of a diving board, jump feet first. If your preconceptions were wrong, your feet and legs will feel the impact instead of your head and neck.
- Keep your dives simple. Trick dives are hazardous and should not be attempted in a residential pool. According to the American Institutes for Research, 16 percent of all diving accidents occurred from attempting an unusual dive. Someone attempting a trick dive might not clear the diving board or they may not be able to steer themselves up properly from that dive. Keep your dives straightforward and simple to be safe.
For an even more comprehensive list of diving board safety tips go to: http://www.divingboardsafety.net/MythBusters.pdf
And, as always, give us a call if you’d like to talk through this decision.
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