While it might seem like a simple decision, choosing whether or not to include a diving board in your pool build requires more thought than many homeowners realize. From safety concerns and insurance, to city guidelines, style and maintenance, there are a number of factors to think about. At the start it’s always important to consult a pool professional, but here are some other important issues to ponder.
A diving board can be a fun feature for a pool, but safety is paramount. Especially when hosting guests, make sure everyone is clear on the dos and don’ts when it comes to diving especially when there are children around. No running around the diving board, one user at a time and being mindful of objects in the pool before taking the plunge are all key rules to communicate. Also, if you are adding a diving board to an existing pool, it’s important that there is enough depth. As a rule of thumb, the dive area should be a minimum of eight-feet deep to ensure swimmers do not incur a head injury.
Many homeowners do not realize that some insurance agencies have an upcharge for pools with diving boards in the event there is an accident. It’s important to check with your agent to see what coverage is required.
A diving board should be heavy duty with a non-slip surface for safety and function. There are number of options, but most styles range between six- and 12-feet long with either a stationary or spring platform. The decision should be based on how you want to use the board and personal preference.
Diving board maintenance is pretty minimal, but it is important to inspect the structure a few times throughout the season. If you see any cracks or if someone is injured while using the board, it’s time to call in a professional to take a look.
While many homeowners are trading diving boards for pools with shallower depths so they have more room without constantly treading water, a diving board is still a great choice in the right situation. If you’re curious if a diving board is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for your family, reach out to one of our experts today by calling 508-432-3445 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.