Studies show doctors treat about 13,000 diving-board-related injuries each year. Diving accidents cause approximately 800 spinal cord injuries yearly. You might think that teenagers attempting flips or other gymnastics are the primary drivers for these statistics, but research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics demonstrates that two-thirds of diving-related injuries occur among children younger than 15.
DIVING BOARDS CREATE LESS SPACE TO PLAY
If you install a diving board, two-third of the pool’s “real estate” is typically dedicated to the space needed for the board. You’re left with less space to play volleyball, basketball, and other games.
DIVING BOARDS MAY NOT BE COVERED BY YOUR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE
It’s a good idea to check with your insurance agent as you plan for your swimming pool. Many policies have stipulations with their coverage. For example, some companies ask homeowners to install a fence with a self-closing gate around their property or pool. Fences are also frequently required to comply with city ordinances and Homeowners Associations bylaws.
DIVING BOARDS REQUIRE LARGER POOLS
Safe diving zones mean you might need to build a larger pool than you have originally planned. Pools with diving boards require a sloping bottom that leads to a diving zone. To safely accommodate a diving board, you can expect to build your pool at least 38 feet long. If you live in a subdivision or master-planned community, you may not have space in your backyard to accommodate an extra long swimming pool. Most pools built today are 35 feet long or less. If you live in a subdivision or master planned community, you may not have the space in your backyard to accommodate an extra long swimming pool. Most pools built today are 35 feet long or less.
During the building process, you can expect to pay more for the larger pool you’ll need to accommodate a diving board. Excavation, material, labor, and equipment costs all go up with a bigger swimming pool. Plus, like we previously mentioned, you can expect to pay more on your homeowner’s insurance. Maintenance costs for a larger pool are also likely to be more.
DIVING BOARDS DRIVE UP COSTS
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