Fun While Swimming: Diving Board Considerations

When deciding what kind of swimming pool diving board you want to purchase—or whether you want to buy one at all—ask yourself a few questions.

Who Will Be Using This Diving Board?

If you are a single adult or older couple who simply feels like adding a diving board to accent your pool, maybe you should reconsider. Even if you are a parent with older teenagers who will be moving out soon: do you think the diving board will get much use once they leave? Probably not. Be realistic about whether anyone will actually use it before investing money.

How Often Will This Diving Board Be Used?

If you have a large family with many young children who often entertain friends, you know you will use the board quite a bit. Not only will you use it for special events like sleepovers and pool parties, but probably on a daily or weekly basis, especially if you live in a warm, dry climate. In that case, choose a tougher board with a solid wood or steel base.

If you don't anticipate using the board more than a handful of times during the summer, go with a more affordable acrylic board.

Most diving boards are coated with fiberglass, and the tops are matted with sanded tread to prevent slipping.

What Is My Budget?

The sturdier boards will obviously be a bit more expensive than the others, but if you have a lot of people who will be using it, you should consider the extra expense the cost of safety. Wood-based diving boards made for medium to heavy use can cost anywhere from $400 to $1000. 

Acrylic boards made for light to medium use can cost you anywhere from $325 to $725. Prices will vary according to retailer, brand, etc.

How Will I Install This Diving Board?

While installing the board yourself can save you a little money, remember the safety of your family and friends. A professional will make sure the installation is properly completed and should give you peace of mind. If you are confident in your ability to install the diving board, carefully follow the instructions that come with it. Generally, diving boards will have pre-drilled holes to make installation easier.