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RULE §265.188Diving Facilities for Pools

(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 following:

  (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 instructions.

  (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 the following:

    (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.

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    (B) Figure 25 TAC §265.188(b)(8)(B) Minimum Dimensions of Components Related to Diving Wells by Diving Board Height.

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    (C) Figure 25 TAC §265.188(b)(8)(C) Diving Board or Platform Longitudinal Section.

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    (D) Figure 25 TAC §265.188(b)(8)(D) Diving Board or Platform Cross Section: Front View.

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  (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 subsection.

  (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 Equipment).

Source Note: The provisions of this §265.188 adopted to be effective January 1, 2021, 45 TexReg 9529

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