Diving boards, if installed properly and in the correct location to meet all proper safety standards, can be a great feature to a swimming pool. They come in different lengths, sizes and colors and are offered made of various construction materials.
Diving boards can have platform or stand constructed of steel, rock, aluminum or wood. Many of the boards are coated or made of fiberglass or acrylic. Some come equipped with the dive stand, with others you may need to purchase both pieces separately. Some have solid bases while others have externally exposed springs. Diving boards range in price from $280-$1,000.
Over the last few years, sales in diving boards have dropped as many homeowners have decided to have their existing boards removed and many new pool owners are building pools without a diving board. The reason has been the lawsuits that have plagued homeowners, trade associations and contractors regarding injuries that have resulted from their use. Many contractors won't install them and homeowners are either not installing them or choosing to remove them because of insurance costs and legal concerns.
It is imperative that a diving board meet proper installation and product safety requirements to lessen the potential for injury. This means that the diving board be properly installed, in the proper location, for the specific pool as some are made for residential or commercial pools. A diving board can only be placed in a pool that meets the appropriate depth requirements. For safety reasons, an existing board should only be replaced with a board that is the same type, the same length and that has been made to fit the stand.
A licensed professional experienced with swimming pool diving boards who understands the ANSI/NSPI (American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Spa & Pool Institute (NSPI)) Residential Inground Swimming Pools Standard is the best choice for any homeowner who wishes to replace or add and install a diving board.