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Thu, Nov 14, 2013 11:32 am | Updated Fri, May 30, 2014 4:38 pm
By Web Admin
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE NVSL DIVE SAFETY COORDINATOR
 
The purpose of this message is to ask for your active involvement.  Diving equipment does not last forever.  It requires periodic inspection and maintenance to be sure boards are not slippery and unsafe and crucial nuts and bolts are not loose or broken.  These factors, unattended to, contribute to your equipment being unsafe for use.  They should trigger you to take corrective measures to obtain the necessary and proper maintenance in a timely manner.
 
I have personally inspected the diving equipment at many NVSL Dive-affiliated pools over the last several years.  Our biggest safety issue is seeing that pools get worn out, unacceptably slippery diving boards timely resurfaced or replaced before they become a safety issue to our divers.  The average life of board surface depends on use.  The average runs about 5 – 7 years.  Pools that have active dive teams wear out the surface in as little as 3 years.  You can’t go on time to decide when to take action.  Self inspection becomes critically important.  It is important pools budget a recurring expense for boards to be maintained/replaced.
 
NVSL Diving is happy to see many pools have taken corrective actions to get boards resurfaced or replaced.  NVSL is not pleased to see other pools that have neglected to take care of worn out boards with expectations that they can get by another year or so.  Several pools hosting Divisional and Championship meets in the past have had to find out the hard way that worn out boards are not tolerated or acceptable for use in the League and were left with having to get replacements to conduct meets.  Some pools have asked me to do site inspections for consultations on safety compliance.  Some pools get a site inspection because divers or teams have complained about slippery conditions.
 
Here’s where we stand: It’s important you inspect your boards during the fall/winter period if your boards have not been resurfaced/replaced recently.  Obtaining resurfacing from the original manufacturer, Durafirm International, is the only acceptable and most inexpensive way to go.  (It is about half the cost of a new board).  It will depend on your inspecting, especially the underside of the board, for visible stress cracks.  Remove the 8 rubber runners to do so.  If you find cracks, Durafirm won’t accept the board for refinishing.  The best thing is to not pay for shipping the old cracked board to Duraflex.  It’s time to reorder a new board – identical model as you have now to be in step with local ordnances. 
 
What not to do: Do NOT attempt to resurface the board yourself.  In a short time, your board will become slippery due to difficulty to clean off grease, mildew, and algae which adheres to the board.  This and the grit that was applied being too coarse for non-skid grip by feet make for slippery unsafe conditions.  Also, if your thought is to send it off for a factory resurface later, the factory will not accept self-resurfaced boards for renewal.  You will be left with having to purchase a new board.
 
I will be glad to help by providing consultations, including talking to your pool Boards if necessary.  My contact info is in the NVSL Dive section of the NVSL Handbook.  It is essential for NVSL Dive and its member pools to be aware of actions required to operate a summer dive league safely.  Your active participation is crucial.  Please consult the following references, pertaining to diving safety and responsibilities, for detailed information.
 
http://nvsldive.nvblu.com/announcements/league/2013/10/30/nvsl-dive-safety-52278.html
 
2013 NVSL Handbook: pages 125 and 126; Rules 1.b and 1.h. Also, see page 141 for safety reminders.