Popular Diving Boards. Your boat dock is almost perfect. All it needs is a boat dock to make it completely perfect. You can use a diving board to perform belly flops, pencil jumps, and cannonballs. If you have a boat dock installed on your waterfront property, but no diving board, you need to install one.
Today, we’ll tell you about diving boards, address safety and maintenance concerns, and then recommend three safe and popular diving boards to consider installing.
- Diving boards are usually 6 feet to 8 feet in length
- They’re made from laminated wood (thin layers attached together to create a stable and durable surface)
- Laminated wood is stronger than one piece of wood, hence making it an excellent diving platform to accommodate a lot of weight
- An acrylic shell covers the laminated core and once the core is between the shell, a fiberglass and resin mixture is applied to it
- The diving board is placed on concrete or stainless steel stands on top of the water with springs located between the stands and the diving board, which allows it to move up and down when you stand or bounce on it
Safety and Maintenance
- The water depth should be at least 8 feet or 9 feet and more if you want to dive headfirst.
- You shouldn’t mount the diving board on the second story of a boat dock with two stories.
- You should invest in a diving board made from water-resistant material and hardware. Choose stainless steel stands and hardware with urethane spring components. Get a powder-coated diving board to prevent rust.
- You should get a diving board with a tread and soft top for a non-slip surface.
- Ensure the tread is still textured by touching it. If the tread feels smooth, you need to replace the diving board.
- Inspect the bottom of the diving board to check for cracks. If you see a crack, it means that there may be a crack in the inner core. You need to get a new diving board if that’s the case.
- Examine the fulcrum pad, which is the rubber component under the diving board, which protects the diving board’s bottom. However, not all diving boards have this rubber component, but if yours does, you need to ensure it’s not worn out or damaged.
- You need to tighten or replace the hardware to ensure no screws or bolts on the diving board and base. You need to tighten or replace as needed.
3 Safe and Popular Diving Boards
If you’re in the market for a diving board, you need to ensure that it’s strong and durable. The three diving boards you can get to install on your diving board include:
- Lilypad Diving Board features a textured top tread and is made from heavy-duty and durable aluminum with stainless steel components. It has quick-release pins for taking it down.
- Inter-Fab Duro-Beam Aquaboard features a sturdy and skid-resistant surface made from acrylic. It has a dual-beam laminated core with fiberglass for extra durability and strength to accommodate weight up to 250 pounds.
- R. Smith Frontier II Jump Diving Board features hardware from stainless steel, which is resistant to rust. It’s coated with powder to prevent it from fading due to inclement weather and the sun. It also has a non-slip tread and its full-length wood core makes your jumps bouncier.