Swimming Pool Diving Boards and Replacement Diving Board Information.
A few years ago you'd be hard-pressed to find an outdoor inground pool without a diving board. Nowadays, they've seem to have entered the outer realm of Windows 95, floppy disks, VCRs, and cassette tapes. So what happened?
For starters, we need to look at the safety issue. More people have become safety conscious and a diving board doesn't seem to fit that paradigm any longer. Pools are meant to be relaxing and adding a diving board seems to raise the stress level of parents, supervisors, and guardians. The marketplace and consumer tastes have changed.
Your homeowners insurance can take a hit as well. Higher insurance means no pool diving board. Modern pool boards seem to be a bit stiffer compared to a few years ago. Less spring means less air time for the belly-flopper in your life.
But I still like the feel of a good pool diving board. This accessory should be considered a long term and high quality investment to suite your particular needs and wants. It should give you many years of trouble-free service and add enjoyment to your swimming pool. Some boards are sold separately from the diving board stand so be careful when you order. You may need the whole thing but just get the board. If you're unsure about installing your new board, get a qualified pool tech. Better safe than sorry.
For most home pools, a normal diving will work perfectly. An Olympic diving tower probably would be overkill for a Saturday swim party for your kids. You can still find residential diving boards in a variety of styles and materials that will fit both your pool and personal preference. They can be divided into two categories:
Platform diving boards are the most common in backyard pools these day. It doesn't contain any springs and the base is fixed. This kind of board can encompass many different variations. Even a jutting rock can be considered a type of platform board.
Years ago, this type of diving board was all the rage. Let's see how high we can jump!! But due to safety concerns, they've gone the way rotary dial phones and fax machines. These boards feature springs with the extra power to catch some air. But that extra high-dive means your pool must accommodate the landing, which means it must be deep enough. Diving from a springboard increases the risk of serious injuries when diving into shallow depths. Due to higher insurance rates and safety concerns, this style of diving board is less common today then in times past.
Your Pool Safety
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is part of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). These two organizations develop standards for pool safety and product ratings. Any diving board that you might be considering buying should have these labels and recommendations. The International Code Council (ICC) created a code which is called the 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code can be found here.
Be sure to take the proper measurements. Every pool deck can be different. Check that the anchor points are correct and you have the right hardware for the job.
When looking for a new or replacement diving board, you’ll need to ask yourself a few questions. First is how much will it be used? What you don't want to do is buy an expensive board and no one uses it. Also, make sure you get a board that is designed for your needs. Home and commercial diving boards vary in size and price. Light to moderate use is best for home pools.
Size does matter. Quality diving boards can be between 6' and 12' so you'll want to make sure you get the right one for your size deck. Acrylic out-body, non-skid tread, and holes for easy installation are a must for safety purposes. Look for strong deck mounts and a good warranty. Most boards have a 3 - 5 year warranty on workmanship. Any good board should stand up to hot Summers and harsh Winter.
Out of all the swimming pool diving boards available, make the best choice for you, your family, your budget, and your expected experience. Just remember there can always be a diving board accident so the most important factor concerning your swimming pool is swimming safety. Don’t allow the emotion of buying a new swimming pool diving board get in the way of common sense and safety.
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