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23 Sep 2022  /  by Aqua Blue Custom Pools   /   0 Comments

how to safely design a diving board pool

A diving board can be the most important, valuable, and fun part of your inground swimming pool. While diving boards add an extra element of fun to a swimming pool, installing one safely starts with the pool design itself. A pool will only be safe to dive in if it meets the minimum length and width standards. A diving board can be added to your backyard pool, or you could include it in your new residential collection. While diving boards can be a great way to have fun with your children, they must be properly installed. Are you considering a diving board for your inground swimming pool?

What is the minimum depth?

A pool must have a diving hole at least a certain depth to be eligible for installation of a diving board. The American National Standards Institute has set the standard diving pool depth at 7.5 to 9 feet, depending on the configuration.
Notice: Competition pools are larger because boards are higher. Many municipalities will have minimum requirements if your pool includes a diving board or other equipment. Diving board manufacturers may also have guidelines.

Minimum size of your pool?

Everyone should be a safe distance away from the edges when jumping. At the very least, ensure your pool is 16 feet by 32 feet. It is safe to place a diving board within a 16’x32′ pool. Keep in mind that the deeper you make your diving well, the shallower end space you will have. This is important to remember when choosing a pool size so you can plan for children younger than your swimmers. If you want a pool with more depth than the shallow end, vinyl can be added oversteps and topped off by a sun ledge or tanning ledge. These areas serve many purposes, including an entry and exit point to the pool and a place for older swimmers to relax and play.
Remember that you will still require a shallow end to accommodate the slope specification for the diving pool. This may make your collection longer, but it is an attractive option if you have the space.

What are the Other Requirements?

Other than the requirement to meet the required pool size and depth, there are a few other regulations that you should be aware of. Do not attach a diving board or other equipment to an above-ground pool. They cannot be deep enough and will violate not only codes but also void warranties because of the extreme danger they would create.
You can modify the shape of the pool to suit your needs. Diving boards can also be placed in collections with decorative designs as long as the "dive environment" is intact. I.e., The proper diving well depth and slope transition between the shallow and deep end. The minimum size of the diving well depends on the type of board and its length. Also, the slope between the diving well and the rest must be gradual. Therefore, you might find that diving boards can be costly.
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Do not simply transfer a diving board from one swimming pool to the next. You may have an old dive board in your previous home and want to move it, and it is often better to give it away and buy a new one for your new home. If you wish for your diving board to meet the code, there are specific requirements regarding where to place the board stand/base. These requirements are based on your board model and length and can be found in the diving board’s manual.
Higher platform boards and springboards require more depth. A professional pool designer is recommended if you are considering one. These boards are generally not suitable for residential pools. The safety committee typically sets the maximum height a board can reach above the water. It all depends on the size of your stand, so be sure to talk with your builder and sales consultant.

What kind of diving board should I get?

The type of pool and your needs will determine the kind of board you need. For safe diving, the collection must be at least twice the length of the board. It is essential to consider the base that you choose. The floor is what you choose, and it's not a matter of taste. Some diving boards can be stored indoors during the off-season, so ensure you understand how to place them back. Bases are usually permanent. You can now buy divers boards in various colors and have a waterfall set installed. This allows the board to double as a fountain or add sound ambiance.

Do I have to install a diving board myself?

However, you must follow the instructions for installation (this applies to storing and replacing aboard). The minimum distance between your board and the stand for the diving board is one of the requirements of the Inter-Fab T& Diving System.
*Refer to the instructions provided by the manufacturer when mounting a diving board. Also, your board must be adequately bonded. It must be in direct contact with the electrical bonding wire that runs around the pool. This will ensure that the board has the same potential as any other metal and reduce the chance of it getting shocked. A licensed electrician must do this. Find out more about bonding. Trusted for years, we provide premium pool supplies at direct- to-consumer prices.
A diving board can make your pool a lot more fun. However, it is essential to use it safely and ensure that your collection is correctly sized and shaped.
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