Diving Liability Claims
The depths of a pool should be clearly and accurately marked. From the edge, water distortion makes judging the actual depth difficult, and so pool guests rely upon signage. Pool owners may be liable for installing a pool with an unsafe design, putting a diving platform in an inappropriate place, failing to accurately mark depths, and allowing unsafe diving practices. The depth recommended for safe diving depends upon the shape of the pool and whether the dive is off the pool edge or a board. Many pools slope, so the posted depth may not reflect the depth closest to the pool’s edge. The speed of the dive accelerates and the diver travels further into the water when diving off a higher platform or board. A public facility, hotel or spa must take all of these factors into consideration when making safe dive areas.