We cannot express our concern for your safety more. We are not aware of any accident involving a Mikel Tube wooden diving board, and we would like to keep it that way. In our opinion, the best way to make our customers aware of the need to be particularly cautious when using their pool and the board is this disclaimer. In the USA, more than 200 reported child drownings in pools and spas in the summer of 2013 were surely and mostly not related with a diving board, but notice that pools and spas stay vulnerable places for children without supervision. With 65% of these cases, children between the ages of 1 to 3 years are the ones who are in most danger. In our opinion, children below the age of 9 should not be allowed to dive or use the board.
A wooden diving board from Mikel Tube is hand made out of the best materials nature can give. It is assembled with stainless bolts of the highest quality and waterproof glue to give its design. In comparison with the classic diving boards made out of steel or epoxy, the choice of a wooden diving board is based on the looks and the search for natural products.
The customer is aware that this natural product can vary from model to model since every board is unique. The quality and standards that are communicated with the customer are highly respected and the board meets the requirements for normal use under the circumstances communicated by the customer. This being said, the board should be used under normal circumstances and normal weight factors taking in account the ordered GBF.
Mikel Tube cannot be held responsible for accidents that would occur while using the board. It is up to the customer to take the required safety measurements and precautions to do the correct maintenance and to instruct the users of the board on how it has to be used in a safe way. The customer should get information about the local requirements and laws that apply to swimming pools and their accessories, in particular diving boards, and apply it.
Installation: Marvol BVBA cannot take any responsibility on the installation of the board since this will be done by a third party. The acquirer of the board should not install the board without proper guidance, meeting the pool manufacturer installation requirements, and National standards (for example in US, the ANSI/APSP national standards or alarm deposition in France) plus all applicable state and local codes.
We recommend our customers to check www.poolsafely.gov and www.divingboardsafety.net as guidelines for safe diving. Diving should be fun and it will stay fun if some easy rules are taken in account.
Those easy but necessary rules are:
Your diving board is the safe place to dive, at the deep end of the pool, away from the shallow end were accidents tend to occur. Safety is the pool owner’s responsibility. No running, roughhousing, or horseplay around the pool. Never dive, jump, or slide into shallow water, that’s where most accidents happen. Keep the deck clear of hazardous or breakable objects. Never swim or dive alone. Adults must supervise children. Alcohol, drugs,and pools don’t mix, never allow anyone to dive or swim when he has been drinking alcohol or has been taking drugs.
Although these seem logical to everybody and they are not spoiling the fun, it seems sometimes hard to respect them. We therefore advise to expose the printed version of the safety rules “Safe Diving” on a visible spot near your pool.
Common sense safe diving (to be instructed by the pool owner)
- Know the waters depth and the shape of the pool bottom including the upslope.
- Check for objects at the bottom of the pool and remove them, including objects that can obstruct safe diving on the surface.
- Even small objects look bigger under water and can disorientate people that are not used to dive, especially children.
- Plan your dive path. Always make a shallow dive and steer up. You’ll see that shallow diving is an art and gives the most satisfaction.
- Test the board for spring first before taking a jump into the pool! Walk towards the top of the board, feel its instability (it bends), learn how it reacts on small jumps first.
- Jump in deep first in any pool you do not know.
- Before you dive, you want to plan your dive path, so you are going to visualize ‘where you are going in the water?’, ‘how you are going to take a shallow dive?’ and by steering up, ‘where you will come out of the water?’, ‘Is there enough space?’, ‘Is there anybody in your dive path?’, ‘Is there an object that could hinder your movement?’
- Place your feet at the top of the board, keep your legs together and let your toes exceed the board for better grip, put your arms above your head to protect it, keep your stomach tight, bend over and dive.
- Never dive into shallow water, that’s where most accidents occur.
- Don’t dive off the side of the board. Don’t risk hitting your head on the side of the pool. Always dive straight ahead.
- Don’t run and dive.
- Don’t do a fat dive or fancy dive. Keep the dive simple.
- Always dive away from the board.
Swimming pools should always be happy places. Therefore take into account the next general rules when owning a pool or pond.
Never take your eyes off the children in and around the water – not even for a minute!
Fences, self-closing or self-latching gates, and secured doors with alarms help prevent children from wandering into the pool area (by Law in France).
Suction from a pool’s drain is so powerful that it can trap an adult underwater. Do not use a pool or spa with broken or missing drain covers. Ask your pool service professional to know if your pool’s drains are compliant with the Pool & Spa Safety Act.
Learn to Swim:
Everyone should learn to swim and learn basic water safety tips.
Know How to Respond:
Get training in basic water rescue skills, first aid and CPR. Have rescue equipment and a phone by the pool in case of emergency.
We are convinced that this document is of utmost importance to read for your own safety and we take the liberty to block the shipment of a board until we have received this document
signed and dated in return. Please do understand that we want to be sure we’ve shared this information. It is completed by the general sales conditions which come with the invoice or
can be found on the official website.
I,……………..declare to have received the safety and maintenance instructions for the Mikel Tube wooden diving board by mail. I have read the above text and will take in account the rules so that safety is guaranteed at my pool.
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