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Consumer Product Safety Commission Cautions Divers About Improper Diving Practices

Diving injuries can result in quadriplegia (paralysis below the neck) to divers who hit the bottom or side of a swimming pool, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Make sure that, when diving, your child follow the following precautions:

  • Never dive into above ground pools. They are too shallow. 
  • Don't dive from the side of an in-ground pool. Enter the water feet first. 
  • Dive only from the end of the diving board and not from the sides.
  • Dive with your hands in front of you and always steer up immediately upon entering the water to avoid hitting the bottom or sides of the pool. 
  • Improper use of pool slides presents the same danger as improper diving techniques. Never slide down head first; slide down feet first only.


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