A Search for Answers
That Demonstrates A Need to Re-categorize the Types of Diving Accidents
in Swimming Pools.
Care Must Be Taken
When Interpreting Diving Accident Information
There were two reasons for re-researching the Safety of
Diving. These reasons were:
1) Diving boards are disappearing from swimming pools across the
country, which would have a direct bearing on those of us who coach
the sport at the grass root level.
2) The belief that US Diving appears to be way out of line with
its Certifications and was placing unwarranted requirements on its
grass roots coaches.
The above two reasons seem to be procreating the disappearance
of the grass root coaches.
The approach of the investigation was focused on the recreational
side of diving because these are the pools where many grass root
coaches operate their programs. These would be park district pools
in my area or municipal pools in various other areas of the country.
US Diving has its own statistics and because access to them was
not available, no comments were made for the competitive aspect.
The summation is very simple and straightforward. I could
not find any concrete evidence to support the notion that recreational
or even competitive diving was causing diving boards to disappear
in swimming pools around the country. Statistical evidence was very
scarce to say the least. Later studies still used the statistics
from almost 20 years ago. We have come a long way since then with
no recognition of that fact.
In the second article, I discovered that the reporting
of statistics was flawed. NSPI is an organization that regulates
residential pools where many diving board accidents have occurred.
When NSPI puts its statistics in with others through the Consumer
Products Safety Commission (NEISS), Diving really doesnt look
too bad. Take away the NSPI diving accidents and diving looks even
better than US Divings own Position Paper shows.
As a coaching body, it is our duty to get this information
out. Safety should be a concern to all of us. Even the US Diving
Safety Committee was caught up in the misinformation. Diving is
safer for the participants then sitting in the bleachers is for