Add A Diving Board Or A Slide And Add More Fun To Your Pool

by Pool Builders on 11-27-2010 in Articles

Having a pool in your backyard is more fun than you originally imagined but when you install a diving board or a slide you up the fun ante! First and foremost, though you need to keep in mind there are certain building codes and safety regulations that need to be followed when installing this type of equipment. Whether you install it yourself or have a professional do the installation you should check with local municipalities to check on the codes and regulations.

Once you've determined that diving boards and slides are allowed in your area, you still need to check the required dimensions but as a typical guideline, when installing even a small diving board, the swimming pool itself must be at least 8 and a half feet deep, 28 feet long and 15 feet wide. Dimensions for slides vary depending on the height of the slide itself. As a rule of thumb, the higher the slide, the deeper the water in that section of the pool must be.

Slides are usually constructed of fiberglass and have metal stairs and frames. Straight slides can be up to 13 feet long and require quite a bit of poolside space. Curving slides are better for smaller spaces as they take up less deck room.

Slide installation is relatively simple but it may be best to consider having the slide installed as part of the original pool construction. When installing the pool it can either be:

  • Fastened by holes drilled into the deck and the legs are then set in concrete, or
  • Your contractor sinks fasteners into concrete then attaches the slide to the fasteners.

Regardless of the method by which your slide it secured, you want to check it frequently to make certain it is not working itself loose of the fastenings.

Diving boards are made of wood for flexibility and are usually coated with fiberglass as a water resistant material. Your diving board should have a non skid surface (similar to walking on sandpaper). When looking for a residential swimming pool diving board, they are typically between six and 12 feet long and about 18 inches wide and come in sprint assisted (for more bounce) or a simple platform construction.

As with any poolside accessory, diving boards can be dangerous if they are not kept in good condition. Make certain the fiberglass doesn't crack as this can allow water to get to the wood, rotting it and causing the diving board to become unstable. Remember, a cracked diving board cannot be repaired, it must be replaced.

Also keep an eye on the nonskid material on the board. If it gets worn or scuffed, you should replace it with a new surfacing kit.

Pool safety should always be front of mind and when adding either a diving board or a slide, stress the importance of safety in and around the pool at all times.

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