Diving in a pool can be a fun and exhilarating experience; however, without the correct approach and necessary safety precautions, this fun activity can be very dangerous. So, how do you dive safely?
Never Dive in Shallow Water!
Shallow water poses a clear danger to anyone attempting a dive. Being in such close proximity with the bottom of the pool increases the chances for a potential collision. But what is considered shallow water? Many pools have shallow ends ranging from four to five feet in depth. An appropriate water depth for adult diving from a pool deck is nine feet deep.
In some instances, young children may be taught correct diving form in shallower water; however, as you grow it is important to take all diving attempts into deeper water to avoid injury.
Keep Your Hands in Front of You
Upon entering the water, immediately use your hands to steer up and avert colliding into the pool floor. This act breaks your moment and stops you from going further underwater.
Don’t Dive If You Have Been Consuming Alcohol
Just like with driving, you should not be diving or swimming if you have been consuming alcohol or any drugs. These substances can slow your reaction time and impair your decision making and judgement in the pool.
Take Swimming Lessons
Swimming lessons are always the best bet, as they teach you the various ways of entering a pool and the correct form associated with each. They also provide a safe environment in which you can master the various techniques. For example, you can dive into a pool both hands first and feet first; swimming lessons show correct form for each and explain when they would be used.
Make sure to take these precautions into consideration to avoid sustaining a diving injury.