Check local codes for minimum deck width requirements.
For indoor pools, a minimum deck width of 4’-0” is required while 5’-0” is recommended. CH recommends at least 4’-0” clearance behind diving, although some codes do allow a clearance of 3’-0”.
For outdoor pools, CH specifies a minimum clearance of 10’-0”, although 15’-0” is required at the sunbather area. Greater dimensions may be warranted by programmatic requirements.
Beyond the minimums, the distance between the 50 meter pool and the dive pool should be a minimum of 16’-0” (5 meters), and 20’-0” is preferred. The deck width between the dive pool and the natatorium wall under the diving platforms will be approximately 20’-0” depending upon the stair design. Side decks must create satisfactory sight lines from the spectator seating.
In New York State, 5’ of unobstructed deck is required around entire perimeter of pool.
St. Louis County Code requires either an “effective barrier” between the pool and spa or 4 ft of deck clearance between the bodies of water (50% of the spa perimeter must have accessible deck). An elevated spa bench is viewed as an “effective barrier” and a variance was granted for Grant’s Farm after their initial code review.
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