We’ve all heard the rumors that diving boards are dangerous to have at a pool. In a lot of places, they’ve been removed completely. But there is a lot of myth hidden behind this way of thinking. It has been shown that less than 10% of all diving injuries in a swimming pool involved a diving board. That’s a pretty small amount. You are actually more likely to be struck by lightening and die than to become paralyzed by a diving accident. If you know how to dive safely, the diving board can be a great source of fun.
Don’t just go diving into any old body of water. There are several things to think about before diving in head first. How deep is the water? Can you see the bottom? Can you dive out far enough away from the edge of the pool? Watch for hidden obstacles or things floating on the pool surface in your way. These can become hazards while you are diving.
Learn To Dive Right
Don’t just assume you know how to do it. It is pretty scary to be mid dive and realize that you have no clue what you are doing. Instead, take the time and learn how to do it the right way. Teach kids to do it the right way too. If everyone knows to tuck their chin and head for the surface immediately upon entry, they will be able to perform a skilled dive and decrease the chance of injury.
No Alcohol Involved
Leave the alcohol out of the equation when diving. More than half of all diving accidents happen because someone thought that a dive was a great idea after a few drinks. Alcohol impairs your ability to judge distances and reason, both of which you need to correctly perform a dive. If you’ve had a couple of drinks, save the diving performance for your next gathering.
Installing a diving board can add a new source of fun to your pool. When used properly, it can be fun for the whole family. No Limit Pools can help you with your pool remodeling project. Give us a call today so we can help you to get started!