View Full Version : Health and Safety issues: Diving boards and swimmers? Can they co-exist?
11-02-2006, 05:42 PM
What are the current regulations about divers and swimmers using the same pool? In the last year that Broomhill Pool was open, the managers were using a plastic float across the full width to separate the diving end: this meant that length swimmers couldn't swim "lengths" in the same way except when diving boards were "closed"
If we find a way of re-opening the pool would we be forced to remove the diving boards altogether?? There are still 1,2,3,4 and 5 metre facilities, but the pool has been closed since 2002
11-02-2006, 06:29 PM
"Health and Safety" - three words that make me seriously see my Speedo-clad rump. Why? Because the corrupt, self-serving "health and safety" industry in the UK is making megabucks interfering in things they know nothing about - and they HATE our sport.
Quote from Libby Purves, famous radio presenter, sailor and open water swimmer:-
"But the truth is that these fearless people are an aristocracy of adventure, a tiny minority who assert their human right to push their limits and risk their lives. Meanwhile the rest of us sink ever deeper into a fearful, torpid, timid, risk-averse culture which causes incalculable harm to health, education, mental balance, the spirit of enterprise, even the economy."........ and:
"Every week we have more evidence of the slimy, choking advance of jobsworth regulation which seeks to make us “safe” but actually makes us weak."
To read the the whole article, look here:
And from Simon Jenkins:-
"The cult of health and safety has too many vested interests and too little accountability to be left unchallenged." Again, to see the whole piece look here:
In the present climate it would be inappropriate (and probably illegal) to describe what I'd like to do to the headquarters of the Health and Safety Gestapo: RoSPA's gulag in Erdington:rocket: , but my favourite daydream does involve a nuclear mushroom.:)
All we swimmers, pool and open-water, recreational and competition, must band together to get these H&S parasites off our backs - just like the Heath Ponds winter swimmers did.:thumb:
11-02-2006, 06:57 PM
"Health and Safety" - three words that make me seriously see my rump. Why? Because the corrupt, self-serving "health and safety" industry in the UK is making megabucks interfering in things they know nothing about - and they HATE our sport.
There may be some that take health and safety too far, but it is an important thing to consider. Having people swimming underneath diving boards which are being used is obviously quite dangerous. Avoiding this situation is something that needs to be considered.
11-02-2006, 07:37 PM
Having people swimming underneath diving boards which are being used is obviously quite dangerous. Avoiding this situation is something that needs to be considered.
Well I'm fairly long in the tooth and remember well going to pools, both indoor and out, with high diving boards fitted, and used, whilst other swimmers were in the water. Everyone used their common sense (prodded by simple notices: "Do not swim in Diving Area") - something that now seems to be in short supply under the collective jackboot of the Safety Nazis.
Just take a look at pics of pools and lidos taken during the early 20th Century heyday of British swimming - plenty of them on the web. Full of happy splashers, diving boards packed with jumpers, everyone happy. Until the H&S Nannies came on the scene.:mad:
There may be some that take health and safety too far Choke...splutter....cough! I'd say that was the understatement of the year.:aarrgghh:
No, I'm not convinced. It's wrong to impose unreasonable and silly restrictions on the majority to protect a stupid minority from the consequences of their own folly.
11-02-2006, 10:20 PM
am totally with you on this one.common sense seems to have taken a back seat over the past few years.local bigwigs in whatever town hall are now so scared of being taken to court over sum dimwit not using a tiny bit of brain power and realising that there might be a problem swimming underneath boards.just eaten my peanuts but am gratefull for the warning on packet that it might contain nuts or products containing nuts.dont what ever you do put your pet in a microwave to dry it after a bath and then sue the microwave co.because drying pets wasnt in the instruction list.have to laugh.
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