A 2 or 3 centerline tower can be utilized. A 3 centerline tower is safer as there are fewer possibilities for collision. The 3 centerline tower has a wider footprint and will impact the quantity of springboards on each side of the platform. A 2 centerline tower has been used successfully at numerous facilities.
Competition is only held at the 10 meter elevation. The 1, 3, 5, and 7.5 are typically just used for practice and warm up. A facility without a 10 meter tower but say only a 5 meter tower can host a platform diving event, if both teams, agree on the height.
The Pacific Studio requires a 7’-4 ½” diving board overhang for concrete pedestal platforms, in lieu of the CH standard of 6’-0”. The thought behind this concept is to make the top edge of the concrete stand flush with the pool wall, to eliminate the risk of someone falling off the edge of the diving board and hitting the pool deck.
Design the platforms so that they are wide enough for synchronized diving. Refer to NCAA and FINA guidelines for length and width requirements.
The platform typically has stainless steel handrails. Where possible, the access should be via a stair with handrails rather than a ship’s ladder.
Platform surfacing can be Rough-Tex or Mondo DIVETEX. Refer to www.springboardsandmore.com for more information. Each dive coach will have his own preference, but as a rule of thumb Rough-Tex is preferred for diving platforms and Mondo is preferred as surfacing around platform mounted springboards. The material preference should be confirmed with the owner and/or dive coach.
FINA requires the non-slip surface continue on the front vertical face of the platform. Because it is a thinner material, Rough-Tex is better suited for this application than Mondo. Also, Mondo does not warranty vertical applications, however Springboards and More has confirmed that there have not been issues bonding the material to the vertical surface.
A raised parapet can be used by platform divers practicing a standing take off.
High Dive Towers
10-Meter Dive Towers
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