A diving board can be a great addition to your backyard pool, but there are several things you must consider before you take the plunge.
Before you purchase a diving board for your swimming pool, you must do some research. Some municipalities outright ban residential diving boards; therefore, you will need to find out if your city or county will allow you to install one. Whoever is in charge of issuing building permits in your town or a local building inspector can advise you regarding the particular laws that apply.
The next thing to consider before you install a diving board is whether your current homeowner's insurance will allow you to have a diving board. There is a risk of head and neck injury when diving, and some insurance companies will not allow you to keep your policy with their company if you install a diving board in your yard.
Make certain that your city's installation requirements are in agreement with the diving board manufacturer's requirements. This is best done before you purchase the diving board; otherwise, you run the risk of the city inspector failing your project even though it is the safe method of installing the board according to the manufacturer's specifications.
After you are sure that your diving board can be safely installed and meet the city's requirements, you are clear to move forward with the purchase of the diving board. Diving boards come in several lengths. Which length to choose is completely dependent on the width and depth of your pool at a number of different points. Because each pool is different, your pool professional will have charts outlining the proper dimensions for each board type. The diving board manufacturers also typically have these charts on their websites. In general, a pool must exceed the depth of 7 feet, 6 inches to even consider a diving board. The diving board will come with very specific installation instructions. For safety purposes, these instructions must be flawlessly adhered to. Because diving board installation is regulated by local, national and manufacturer codes and failure to install it properly can result in death, you probably will not want to consider this to be a do-it-yourself project. Choose an installer that is experienced with working with your particular city's building department to ensure a smooth installation experience.