|(a) Competitive diving pool construction. Pools designed
with platform diving or springboard diving facilities intended for
competitive diving events shall comply with the pool dimension design
requirements of the sanctioning authority that provides accreditation
of the pool for competitive diving events such as FINA, the United
States Swimming Association, the United States Diving Association,
the National Federation of State High Schools Association or the NCAA.
(b) Non-competitive diving pool construction. Pools
constructed or renovated on or after the effective date of this subchapter
that are designed for non-competitive diving shall comply with the
(1) Diving stands higher than 21 inches measured from
the deck to the top of the butt end of the board or platform shall
have steps with 2 handrails or a ladder with 2 handrails. The steps
or ladder treads shall be self-draining, corrosion resistant, non-slip
and designed to support the maximum expected load.
(2) Diving stands or platforms that are 1 meter, 3.4
feet, or higher above the pool deck shall be protected with guard
rails that are at least 30 inches above the board, extending at least
to the edge of the water along with intermediate rails.
(3) Diving stands or platforms that are at a height
greater than 5 feet shall have a manufacturer's designed or recommended
fall protection guard on each side of the diving stand or platform.
The installation of the guard shall be in accordance with manufacturer's
(4) All diving equipment shall be installed in accordance
with the manufacturer's specifications.
(5) A label shall be permanently affixed to the diving
equipment or jump board in a readily visible location and shall include
(A) The minimum diving water envelope required for
each diving board and diving stand combination.
(B) Manufacturer's name and address.
(C) Manufacturer's identification and date of manufacture.
(D) Maximum allowable weight of the user.
(6) The diving equipment manufacturer shall provide
diving equipment use instructions.
(7) Supports, platforms, stairs, and ladders for diving
equipment shall be designed to carry the anticipated loads.
(8) Pools with non-competitive diving boards or platforms
shall comply with the following dimension requirements in subparagraphs
(A) and (B) of this paragraph represented in subparagraphs (C) and
(D) of this paragraph, except that non-competitive pools with 1 meter
or 3-meter diving boards or platforms may instead comply with the
FINA competitive diving pool and diving board or diving platform requirements.
(A) Figure 25 TAC §265.188(b)(8)(A), Diving Board
Height and Dimensions.
(B) Figure 25 TAC §265.188(b)(8)(B) Minimum Dimensions
of Components Related to Diving Wells by Diving Board Height.
(C) Figure 25 TAC §265.188(b)(8)(C) Diving Board
or Platform Longitudinal Section.
(D) Figure 25 TAC §265.188(b)(8)(D) Diving Board
or Platform Cross Section: Front View.
(9) Non-competitive pools with diving boards or diving
platforms constructed before the effective date of this subchapter
shall comply with either the FINA competitive diving pool and diving
board or diving platform requirements or with paragraph (8) of this
(10) Diving or jumping rocks and ledges shall be designed
by a licensed engineer and must comply with the requirements for decks
in §265.185(f) of this subchapter (relating to Decks and Deck