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Old 12-27-2014, 01:27 PM
 
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Hi all,
House hunting from NY and have a question about a trend I'm finding in the Dallas area. We are having to give up our half acre and big pool with diving board, and discovering that we are not going to have that there. In searching online, I'm seeing that many of the pools are described as "play pools", and I'm not seeing too many diving boards. Is this because of the acreage, the pools are generally small? What does "play pool" usually mean, shallow all the way across (as in 3-4 feet deep)? Or are they all different? If it helps, we are looking in to NRH/Keller area and our budget is around 350k.
Thanks for clarifying.
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Old 12-28-2014, 10:40 AM
 
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Diving boards are very out of favor these days. Most backyard pools built now are too shallow for them to be safe.

This article covers basically every reason I've heard why you don't seem them any longer.

My parents' pool had a diving board when they moved in and they removed it when my brother had a close call with the slope being far too close for decent diving.
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Old 12-28-2014, 11:53 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Insurance companies don't like diving boards or trampolines. Big yards are hard to come by thus big diving pools are almost history (and the cost to maintain)

A Play pool is normally about 5-6 ft deep give or take about a foot. I've never seen any that are 4 ft or less.
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Old 12-28-2014, 12:35 PM
 
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Play pools or party pools will sometimes have two shallow ends, each about 4 ft deep, then deepening to 6 or 7 ft in the middle. With these, its customary to string up a volleyball net across the middle, or have a basketball hoop on the side in the middle.

On the whole though, diving boards are a rare thing these days, unless you have a very large pool.
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:14 PM
 
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Insurance companies don't like diving boards or trampolines. Big yards are hard to come by thus big diving pools are almost history (and the cost to maintain)

A Play pool is normally about 5-6 ft deep give or take about a foot. I've never seen any that are 4 ft or less.
We have a section of half acre yards in my neighborhood and even those don't have pools large enough to have a diving board.
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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We have a section of half acre yards in my neighborhood and even those don't have pools large enough to have a diving board.
Most older diving pools have had the diving boards removed due to insurance requirements.

Another factor with large deep pools is the cost to run pumps and filter water. Much more expensive than a smaller shallow pool.

Even though large lots do exist, they are becoming much harder to find.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:54 AM
 
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Thanks for the input. A 5-6 foot pool is much better than a 3-4 foot as I was imagining. My kids love our diving board and will be sad to lose it, but overall are gaining much more with the move.
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:10 PM
 
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Insurance companies hate diving boards, but you can get around the regulation by building a waterfall that acts like a diving board. You obviously don't get the bounce, but you can have a platform 3-4 feet about your waterline and the kids can jump or dive in the pool if it is constructed correctly. My three girls use our waterfall all of the time and love diving/jumping off of it.
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:18 PM
 
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We have a pool with diving board and love it, but our pool is quite large, so there is enough space for diving and playing.

I don't remember having any issues with our home insurance company, they just asked whether we have a pool and diving board, but never told us it could be a problem.
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:04 PM
 
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I have two kids who love to bounce, one is a gymnast, so the no diving board/deep end thing would be a bummer, but who knows, maybe we'll luck out and find one, with the perfect house in our budget, for sale in the winter. I'm thinking having a deep end would be safer, less chance of hitting their heads on bottom if they dive in.
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