Few residential in-ground pools in Quebec are deep enough to permit diving from a diving board. As a result, there have been many serious related injuries. In May 2009, safety standards were introduced to address this issue.
In order to reduce the risk of injury related to diving accidents, any new swimming pool equipped with a diving board must comply with the BNQ 9461-100 standard. Available free of charge on the Bureau de normalization du Québec website, it specifies the minimum characteristics necessary to provide a safe environment for diving in a residential swimming pool.
It also requires that site and construction plans be prepared for any residential swimming pool with a diving board.
This new standard only applies to swimming pools and diving boards acquired and installed as of July 1, 2021. Note that it does not apply to swimming pools and diving boards acquired before this date and installed between July 1 and October 1 2021. This three-month period is intended to take into account installation contracts signed before the entry into force of the Regulation and for which the work will be carried out during the summer.
Your pool does not meet the required standards if:
- At 0.84 metres (2 feet 9 inches) in front of the end of the diving board, it is less than 3.05 metres (10 feet) deep.
- It measures less than 8 metres (26 feet 3 inches) long from the end of the diving board.
- It is less than 5 metres (16 feet 5 inches) wide.
- The upward slope begins less than 4.6 metres (15 feet 1 inch) from the end of the diving board.
- The degree of slope’s inclination is more than 18 degrees.
- The side walls are less than 2.5 metres (8 feet 3 inches) from the centre of the diving board.
If the end of the diving board is more than 0.5 metres from the surface of the water or if your diving board measures more than 2.45 metres (8 feet) in length, you must consult the FINA FR5 requirements for competitive diving boards.