A diving board can be a lot of fun, but it must be used responsibly. Injuries can and often do happen when people neglect basic safety rules. In this blog post, let’s discuss pool diving board safety.
In Focus: Diving Board SafetyThis isn’t the first time we’ve discussed diving safety. In fact, just recently we featured a full article about the subject. Believe it or not, pool diving board safety is a serious issue that affects far more lives than many people realize. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), diving boards and diving mishaps are the cause of a shocking amount of injuries and even deaths. According to the CPSC, slippery ladders, decks and diving boards, lack of depth indicators, shock hazards from electrical wiring and problems of exploding filter tanks are a significant cause of drowning deaths. Today, we’ll focus specifically on diving board safety.
Lay Down Some Ground RulesA properly installed diving board is key for water safety. Above all, it is crucial to lay down some basic guidelines for everyone in the pool area. Besides having had basic swimming lessons, every person attempting to use the diving board should follow a few general rules. As a quick shorthand, this can be summed up as “no rough-housing and no running.” To go a bit further, here are some extra ground rules for diving board safety that can help keep people safe:
- Don’t run near the water or by the diving board. Slipping and falling is more likely than many folks realize.
- Always dive straight forward. Never dive off the side of the board. Tricks can be dangerous.
- Knowing the water depth is crucial before taking a dive.
- If using an above ground pool, always assume that diving is not safe.
- Active supervision should be used when someone is diving. Like many water-based activities, it should not be attempted when you are alone in the pool. Always dive with a buddy.