Nothing says pool party like diving into some clear blue water in your backyard pool!

Sure, diving is fun for kids and adults alike, but there are some things you need to be aware of when installing a diving board for your inground swimming pool.

A professional pool company like Trasolini Pools will ensure that your diving board meets the safety regulations required to keep your family having fun. Here is what you need to know.

Diving injuries

Without proper training and safety precautions, diving can be a high-risk activity for head, neck and spinal cord injuries.

Most diving accidents, resulting in spinal cord injuries, are due to careless diving into backyard pools.

Over half of diving injuries and deaths involve alcohol or drug use.

How to prevent diving accidents

  • Ensure that children are supervised at all times when using a diving board.
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs when swimming and diving.
  • Ensure that the pool is large enough and deep enough for the intended dive. The rule of thumb is that it should be twice your height for the whole dive.
  • Have a first aid kit and working phone nearby in case of an accident.
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Installing a diving board

Diving boards may only be installed in inground swimming pools that are built to meet or exceed local regulations. Ask a local certified pool installation company, like Trasolini Pools, if your swimming pool meets your area’s standards.

A few general safety features to keep in mind during the installation:

  • Boards must be mounted in strict compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • The diving board and any steps leading up to it must have a slip-resistant surface.
  • There should be at least four feet of cleared space surrounding the diving board.
  • After having your diving board installed, ensure that you carefully read the user manual to ensure that you are correctly using the board.

Speak with our experienced pool designers at Trasolini Pools to ensure that your pool is built for safe diving.