To Dive or Not to Dive, that is the question

To Dive or Not to Dive, that is the question

A Safer Swim: Deter Diving

From Pools Spas & Patios

Like anything else, including a deep end or diving well in a residential inground swimming pool is a cyclical trend.  It seems that new residential installations either by and large include them for a few years, and then trend away from diving wells toward more recreational or sport pools.  There has been a recent trend in the Platinum Pool market to include more deep ends for diving, and the question that is asked alot of us is “What would you recommend?”

This is a difficult question to answer.  Many people have their reasons for including a deep end for diving, but some haven’t properly vetted the issue. While a deep pool can provide the safety required for diving, it also takes away from the shallow or recreational areas of the pool, where the swimmers spend 95% of the time in a swimming pool.

This post from Pools, Spas and Patios gives the most common sense approach, which is that if your patrons intend to dive into your pool, it is incumbent upon you, the inground swimming pool owner, to ensure that they are either a) doing so into a safe area that was designed for diving, or b) they are not allowed to dive into the swimming pool.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Only a small number of backyard pools are actually safe for diving. For an inground pool to be dive-friendly, it needs to have a sufficient and constant depth, with no risk the divers will hit an upslope. The path of the dive should be barrier free and the water clarity should allow for swimmers to see any underwater hazards. No swimmer should ever dive into an above-ground pool, under any circumstances.

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