Platforms and Towers

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.

FINA Guidelines

High Dive Towers

  • Must have at least 1-meter spacing between side to side boards
  • All platforms have to be 2.0-meters wide. If increased ensure the 1-meter spacing still exists.
  • Edge of platform has a maximum 0.16 meter which is slightly different than the max 0.3-meter dimension of 10-meter towers. Can get thicker at a 10-degree angle.
  • Must face north in the northern hemisphere.

10-Meter Dive Towers

  • Platforms must be the widths specified. If the widths are increased, you must increase the centerline dimension of the plummet to plummet by half of the increased width. This includes any width added to a platform to accommodate railing that does not follow the FINA railing guidelines which shows anchoring to the platform side walls.
  • Concrete platform which supports the springboard must be aligned with the pool wall. It should be noted that USA Diving does follow FINA standards and NCAA recently adopted this standard in 2019.
  • Rails must at least 1-meter between vertical pairs and be at least 1-meter high measuring from the level of the springboard NOT THE LEVEL OF THE CONCRETE PLATFORM.
  • Max thickness of platforms is 0.3-meters (12”). Can get thicker at a 10 degree angle.
  • FINA has a preferred width of 2.0-meters for the 7.5-meter platform. It has come to be known that this isn’t preferred for the younger level age group synchronized diving coaches who want a wider platform for teaching. Considerations should be made to make this wider if age group divers are the focus of the facility.

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