Diving Rocks for Inground Pools
August 17th, 2017 | By: Heather Knapp | Pool & Spa Design
Over the past few years, concerns have been raised over the use of diving boards. Between injuries, lawsuits and insurance premiums, many homeowners have been eliminating diving boards from their backyards. For decades, diving boards and swimming pools went hand in hand. For many, childhood memories were full of springing off boards, leaping into the water. But safety precautions over the years have gotten stricter. Companies fear lawsuits, parents are more proactive to eliminate potential injuries. Today, most swimming pool owners will choose diving rocks over diving boards for their pool design.
Benefits of Diving Rocks for Inground Pools
Diving rocks for inground pools have become a popular addition for many reasons. Most importantly, for safety. Since diving rocks do not have spring and are low to the ground, the risk of injury is much less. It is important to remember that these rocks can only be used in the deep end. The water still needs to be deep enough for swimmer to jump in safely and not hit the bottom or sides of the pool.
Design is another element that attracts many homeowners to this choice. While a diving board can stick out as an eyesore, diving rocks blend seamlessly into the design or surrounding landscape. It is simple for a pool designer to incorporate the rocks into the background. Rocks come in so many different sizes, colors and textures that it is easy to find one that works best in your yard. Many times, the perfect diving rock can be found right on your own property. Which is a great way to re-purpose natural material and keep costs low.
For many families that are looking to make their pools kid-friendly, they look to possible pool features. Anything from a water slide, to a sun deck, to basketball hoops provide a source of fun for children. A diving rock is a great addition as well, since it adds an activity for the family to enjoy. It provides a safer way for children, and adults, to enter the pool in a fun way.
While there is less risk of injury with diving rocks than with diving boards, we still recommend using precaution. Take into consideration the safety precautions, ensuring your swimming pool is deep and wide enough for proper installation. Diving rocks for inground pools should only be used in the deep end with proper supervision.
In choosing the rock that would work best for you, keep in mind that prices may vary. Deciding on a budget beforehand is a good place to start. Since there are many different rock types, from natural to fabricated, they can meet many different budgets. Also consider your design, if a rock will fit into the overall design and landscape around your pool. A diving rock can add an element of fun for the family to enjoy, without breaking the bank or disrupting the pool design.
To decide if a diving rock is right for you, consider the factors above. We are here to help with your pool questions and concerns.