Diving Boards

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A diving board or springboard is a recreational device affixed with a hinge at one end, with the other end hanging over the deep end of a swimming pool.

The hinged end sits upon an adjustable fulcrum. The board itself is generally constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum or acrylic-covered plywood and has a great deal of give, so that it bounces.

Because of the danger of injury, some municipalities have banned the installation of diving boards in pools. In addition, insurance on a pool with a diving board can be costly. For those reasons, it is critical to check both local regulations and insurance coverage before purchasing a property that has a pool with a diving board or adding a diving board to an existing or new pool. In community pools, lifeguards should be assigned to areas of the pool with diving boards. In addition, young swimmers should pass a swimming test before being allowed in the deep end or to jump or dive from a diving board.

In general, the pool must be at least seven feet, six inches deep to safely install a diving board. However, it is highly recommended that the pool be even deeper than this standard. The length of the diving board itself is determined by the depth of the water where the diving board will be installed.

Failure to properly install, maintain or monitor a diving board can result in serious injury or death. In the past, courts have held the pool owners and managers responsible in these accidents.