Pool Diving Boards: Types, Trends, and Proper Installation

It’s a great idea to have a diving board! It can be boring to float in the pool for a long time. With a diving board, you can learn new techniques and play games with your family and friends.

Are you searching for ways to enhance the enjoyment of your backyard pool? As you prepare for the summer, you may be wondering how you may improve this year’s experience.

Perhaps considering diving boards is an excellent idea! After all, floating in a pool may quickly get tedious. But with a diving board, you can have a great time learning new techniques and playing fun games with your family and friends.

Two pool diving boards

Are you interested in learning more about picking the proper diving board and the fundamentals of diving board installation? You’re in the right article. Let’s start, shall we?

Top Diving Boards to Choose From

It’s crucial to choose the ideal diving board before buying. So, how can you tell whether it will be the right fit for your pool? Here are two choices when it comes to residential diving boards: springboard and platform.


Pool springboards

Springboards are more likely the sort of board you remember using as a youngster at base camp. The base of springboards is, as you guessed it, made of springs. Some designs leave the springs exposed on the base, while others are meant to hide them completely. 

The advantage of using a springboard is that the springs allow you to jump higher than you otherwise could. This is a lot of fun and will enable you to do some exciting acrobatics, but you’ll need to ensure your pool is deep enough. Otherwise, you run the danger of injuring someone significantly if you don’t do something.

For homeowners, the fear of these accidents is the driving force for the decline in popularity of these diving boards.


Platform diving board

The platform diving board is the second type commonly found in swimming pools.  The main distinction is these diving boards aren’t built-in springs. This type of diving board is now widely regarded as the best residential diving board. When it comes to this sort of board, there are a few alternatives to choose from.

You can go with a “manufactured platform” or a “field fabricated platform” for a more customized design.

You may, for example, incorporate a “diving rock” into your pool design to blend in with the rest of your pool’s landscaping; this board appears like a rock, but it’s a diving platform in disguise.

Basics of Pool Diving Board Installation

Pool Diving Board in big pool

Now that you know the types of an ideal diving board, what can you do to get it mounted on your deck? Well, it’s not as complicated as you might expect. Keep reading for some safety tips on how to install a new diving board.

1. Make Sure Your Pool Is Deep Enough

Generally, your pool must have at least a 7’6″ deep end before considering installing a diving board. Along with the depth, you must also determine your diving envelope. This is the spot into which a diver may enter.

When inspecting the diving envelope, it is necessary to ensure that the pool directly under the diving board is deep enough and that the slope of the pool from deep to shallow is not excessively steep. Otherwise, someone could get badly hurt.

It’s best to leave this calculation to a professional pool business that can certify that your pool can securely handle the board you choose.

2. Install the Diving Board Jig

This is the metal foundation that will be placed beneath your concrete block. This part of the step is also something that you should leave with a pool expert.

3. Bolting the Board

If your board is at the point of an upgrade or replacement, you should be able to bolt it together on your own.  You’ll want to align the bolts with the holes in the jig you already own. Then, you may use epoxy or drill new holes.

Minimum Size of the Pool

Pool and diving board in sunny day

In general, it is safe to put a diving board in a 16′ x 32′ or greater pool, and you should consider expanding your pool if you have the space. 

Another alternative if you want a pool with a deeper end than a shallow end is to install vinyl over the stairs and incorporate a tanning ledge or sun ledge.

These areas offer a variety of uses, from serving as an entry and exit point to providing a shallow area for children to play safely and adult swimmers to rest.

Remember that your pool must have a shallow end to accommodate the required slope to install diving pools safely. It could make your pool longer, but it’s an excellent option if you have the free space.

Trends in Adding Diving Pools

Diving boards are a fun recreational item that can be added to a backyard pool for enjoyment. When I was growing up, most backyard pools had a deep end (usually 8 feet deep) and a diving board.

But their popularity has declined with time. A few decades ago, most domestic pools were equipped with diving boards; now, that trend has nearly totally reversed.

There are several concerns as to why many pool owners avoid this accessory. One primary concern is pool safety. Diving accidents sometimes happen, although they are scarce and usually involve tall divers or those inebriated and perform reckless jumps off the board.

It is worth emphasizing that, while some pool experts express concerns about diving pools, others believe that diving boards provide advantages in terms of safety.

According to the Spinal Cord Injury Information Network and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, one example is that only 10 percent of pool-related accidents involve a diving board. One may argue that the best way to spot the deep end of the pool is by searching for the diving board.

Swimmer diving into pool

Another advantage of using a diving board is that it increases safety. Divers can clear the pool’s edge and walls by jumping from one of the diving boards. This helps to provide enough room for divers and allows them to hit the water at its deepest point, which is the safest place for diving.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the weight limits for using a diving board?

Diving boards come with weight limits specified by the manufacturer. It’s crucial to adhere to these limits to prevent stress on the board and potential accidents.

Are there diving techniques I should follow?

Diving from a diving board requires proper technique to ensure safety. Always follow the “feet-first” entry technique and avoid diving headfirst into the pool to prevent injuries.

How can I maintain a pool diving board?

Regular maintenance includes checking for cracks, wear, or damage on the diving board. Keep the board clean, and free of debris, and regularly inspect mounting hardware and connections. Follow manufacturer guidelines for maintenance and inspections.

Can I remove a diving board if I no longer want it?

Yes, you can remove a diving board if you no longer want it. However, it’s recommended to have a professional handle the removal to ensure that it’s done safely and that the pool’s structural integrity is not compromised.

Author’s Note

Pool diving is a popular recreational activity for kids and adults alike. As long as your pool is big enough, you can install diving boards to provide play areas.

Safety concerns should always be considered before installing any equipment, so call in a professional to do the calculation for you if you’re unsure of how far your pool needs to be from the edge.

Also below, you’ll find more pool-related articles that you will surely find helpful. Take a moment to check them out! Browse our pool articles here. Happy diving!

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Maria Anderson

I am an arts and design lover. My passion are swimming pools and gardening. Follow me in our family project ThePoolPassion.com where we want to help everyone to make their dream pool become reality.

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