Shallow Swimming

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

Studies show people prefer more recreation and less exercise at the pool. Water park features are the most popular because they appeal to safe, family fun.

That means less depth and fewer diving boards. But, not at Harrisonburg's Westover Community Pool where divers splash about in the 12-foot deep section.

Manager Brian Moore says nobody gets hurt as long as they follow the rules.

"It's impossible to remove all risks. We have a cement deck. People can run, slip and fall. We can't pad everything. But we can educate the public," he says.

Going shallow isn't fool-proof. There are 250 diving injuries each year in the U.S. and most happen in less than five feet of water.


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