One of the most significant additions you can make to your pool itself is a diving board. Of course, as with any pool-related addition or activity, safety is extremely important.
In Part 1, we suggested some ways to ensure that you keep your pool a safe place, even with the addition of a diving board. While serious diving-related injuries can and do occur, only 1 out of every 10 happen with the use of a diving board. (Check out this infographic.) And most of them happen in water depths under 4 feet.
By installing a diving board in the deep end of the pool, you might be able to actually encourage kids not to do what they’ll otherwise be doing — running and jumping into any part of the pool. Even if you make certain to be proactive about safety, though, you need to consider a couple other potential issues, like liability and cost.
Your pool builder can be a good source when you’re considering which diving board might be suitable for your pool. Of course, whenever there’s a safety issue, perceived or actual, liability is something to consider. Due to liability, some pool builders may be unwilling to install a diving board.
When you have children who aren’t your own over to your pool, you may even want to consider having their parents sign a liability waiver to protect your family from a lawsuit in case an injury does occur. Printable forms like this one can easily be personalized. If a parent does not want his or her child to use the diving board, this is a great way to find out that information as well.
As you weigh the possibility of having a diving board installed, you may want to consider something else that often accompanies increased liability: your homeowners insurance rate. It’s always best to discover an increased premium amount before you take the plunge and make any addition to your home or pool. You’ll want to consider that added monthly expense along with the initial cost of the diving board along with installation.
You’ll also want to check into the initial costs related to adding a diving board to your pool. You may find some as low as $300, while others cost well over $1,000. And DIY isn’t a valid option here; safety concerns require professional installation.
Another cost that some pool owners fail to consider is actually the most significant: Sometimes, your pool itself will have to be altered in order to accommodate your new diving board. Again, check with your pool builder to find out more about this.
An informed decision is always the best decision. You can certainly enjoy your pool without a diving board, but you may just find that by adding a diving board, you’ll enjoy it even more.
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