Jump on In: Safety Tips for Divers

July 27, 2015 Written by: Nick Luisi

How many different ways do you think you can jump into a swimming pool?

There are probably countless. However, if you are trying to make a list for yourself, pool resource Swim University can show you at least 50 with this infographic.

While some swimmers may prefer to enter the pool with the standard and systematic dive off the diving board, others may prefer to jack knife from a jumping rock or make a splash with a cannonball right off the pool’s ledge.

No matter your preference, there is one important factor that all swimmers should consider before taking the plunge: safety. Here are three tips to consider before planning your next big jump.

  1. Check the water depth. Diving in shallow water can be dangerous. According to an article on Livestrong.com, the pool’s water should be at least nine feet deep if you are planning to dive. If you are planning to attempt a different type of jump, ensure the pool is deep enough before leaping in.

  2. Ask if it’s safe to jump. This primarily applies to public pool use. An article on Southeast Michigan website MetroParent.com recommends asking a lifeguard if an area is deep enough for diving. LiveStrong.com also recommends looking for posted diving board rules. If you are swimming at a residential pool, it may be a good idea to establish a set of safety guidelines and ensure the water is deep enough before allowing swimmers to jump or dive.

  3. Make sure you have clearance. Don’t just blindly jump into the water before checking your surroundings. Just as you would with a car at a stop sign, make sure that traffic is clear before proceeding ahead.

While diving or leaping or jumping or splashing into a swimming pool is meant to be fun, safety should be the No. 1 priority. To learn more about the importance of pool safety, check out our previous blog post on The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.