The Dangers Of Diving Boards For Your Swimming Pool  

by Pool Builders on 03-21-2011 in Articles

A swimming pool in the back yard can be a great asset to a home. You can use it for recreational or exercise reasons. Furthermore, in high income residential areas, those where status is relevant, having a swimming pool in your back yard can even improve the value of your property.

As with anything else, however, it is easy to get carried away and go too far. For example, some feel the need to go too far and add items such as diving boards, slides, and so on. However, one thing that many fail to realize is that, often, these additional items can make their pool a more dangerous place to play. For their family as well as for their friends who want to use their pool.

As a matter of fact, many municipalities consider these types of add ons to be dangerous. Some even ban the construction of them inside the city's boundaries. And, while other communities may allow diving boards and the like, you may have a hard time find a contractor who will install it due to liability concerns.

The reason for these concerns is that diving boards, can be extremely hazardous when used in situations that are not supervised. The boards themselves can be slippery. And, many instances of injury happen merely as a person slipping on the board and causing himself serious injury.

Neck injuries and spinal injuries make up the bulk of all injuries incurred due to diving. Also, it should come as no surprise that adolescents and teenagers are the ones most involved with these injuries. However, what is surprising, is that most of these injuries happen when the person dives from a relatively low altitude.

Many people believe that a diving board for a residential pool is actually safer than those in professional pools - becaue the height of the board is usually lower. But they are very much mistaken. For example, the biggest problem in diving boards built for residential homes is that of the pool itself. In particular, the pool is not deep enough to sustain a board. Most pool experts will recommend that the pool be at least ten feet deep if people will be diving into it from a board that is low. And, if a high diving board is used, they recommend an even deeper pool. Not only that, but this depth of ten feet must be extended for a length of at least twelve to fourteen feet from the pool edge.

But that's not all. In addition to those two specifications, there are other ones, usually mandated by the municipality, that will have to be adhered to when adding a diving board to a pool is being considered. It goes without saying that, due to the extra cubic foot area that is required, building to these specifications nearly always make constructing the pool more costly. These additions would also make the pool more costly to maintain. for example your water costs, pump expenses, chemical expenses, and many more, would increase as the size of the pool increases.

Lastly, safety, while important, is not the only issue that you have to be concerned with. Before you talk to your pool contractor, give your home insurance agent a call. You may be surprised to hear how much a diving board will add to your monthly premiums on your liability insurance.

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