When you think pool safety – think a diving board.
If you are about to install a pool, you’ve undoubtedly thought about pool safety and enjoyment. Your pool professional can advise you on how to build safety into your new pool with the right fencing, walking surfaces, rails and ladders. And you might want to consider another important safety feature: a diving board.
It’s true. A diving board is one of the most basic safety features your pool can have. Why? Because it immediately indicates to pool users where it’s safe to dive, and discourages the dangerous – and common – practice of diving into the shallow end. A properly installed diving board on a pool built to industry standards can make your pool safer for your family and friends.
When it comes to bodies of water, people have a natural tendency to want to dive in. Without knowing the proper water depth, this can be risky. Nearly every pool owner has encountered the diving instinct, but when diving into shallow water, there is no margin for error. You can keep everyone safe by letting them know that shallow-end diving is not allowed – and by directing them to the diving board. They’ll prefer it anyway!
Create a "diving zone."
With a diving board installed, you create a “diving zone”, which will attract children to the safe-end… allowing them to play safely from morning til’ night!
Even the safest equipment must be used properly. Inter-Fab promotes safe diving by offering these tips on the proper use of your diving board: always dive into water that meets depth requirements, with arms extended; be aware of the bottom and the walls of the pool; avoid collisions with pool toys and floats; and instruct your pool users to always “steer up” – once the water is entered, divers should immediately “steer” towards the surface.
If you’re considering a shallow pool – consider this.
Shallow “play pools” are sometimes recommended as a way to avoid the diving issue altogether. This is faulty logic. While they may be less expensive to install, play pools do not accommodate the “diving instinct”. Just as people dive into other bodies of water, they will dive into “play pools”. The safe diving area that a board locates can help eliminate this potentially dangerous practice. Our safety record proves it.
Along with adding safety, Inter-Fab’s boards and bases are available in an array of colors and styles that add beauty to your pool as well.
Besides, it’s a “blast”!!!
A diving board is one safety feature that people want to use – especially kids. No other pool feature can match the hour after hour entertainment provided by a diving board. So be sure to have your builder install a diving board that complies with industry standards. And relax!
Last year alone there were an estimated 1,000,000,000 (one billion) dives from diving boards in the United States. None resulted in serious accident or injury. In fact, pools built to our industry standards exceed ten years of safe diving board usage. Many families have been deprived of pool related fun due to misguided reasoning. What’s worse, many more have fallen prey to a false sense of security by having a pool built with no safe diving area. Don’t be shallow when it comes to diving pools. A properly designed diving pool provides a time tested, safe diving environment. And, a diving board clearly locates the safe diving area of the pool.
Without a board, pool safety takes a dive.™
Target: Safety. Include safety in your swimming pool… include a diving board.
Posted: 1/16/2013 2:43:39 PM
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