After going through many years of trial and error with sub-standard diving boards, I came up with a list of what I believe are the best diving boards currently in the market.
Let’s jump right into it!
What is The Best Diving Board?
Here’s the list of the best diving boards that pool owners love.
S.R. Smith Fibre-Dive Diving Board
The Fibre-Dive diving board looks simple on the outside, but it’s one of the consumer’s favorites, as evidenced by its impressive 4.7-rating on Amazon.
This board comes in three different sizes, including 6, 8, and 10-ft. It also comes in many different colors, such as gray granite, pewter gray, taupe, marine blue, pebble, and radiant white. In short, you won’t have any problem finding your favorite color from the list of options available.
The most important feature of a high-quality diving board is safety. The Fibre-Dive implements SureFoot non-slip tread to reduce any chance of slippage while you’re on the board.
The stainless steel hardware ensures your board doesn’t easily corrode, increasing the longevity of your board. In fact, many customers report using this board for well over five years.
If you’re on the heavier side, you’ll be happy to know this board can withstand up to 400 lbs of weight. Even if you carry a bit of weight, you’ll feel secure on the board since it has a flexible yet sturdy feel to it. The board doesn’t excessively bounce, which is ideal for safety.
I like that the package includes mounting hardware, so I don’t have to buy a hardware kit separately. The mounting process is also straightforward, and you don’t need any technical expertise to get it done.
“This isn’t exactly the most bouncy diving board, which is good for stability, but perhaps not the best for people who prefer boards that come with a lot of spring. It isn’t a flaw but rather a personal preference.
S.R. Smith Frontier II Diving Board
Here’s another S.R. Smith product that makes the list (and many more to come).
This Frontier II product comes with a board and a stand, and you can choose between two different sizes of 6 and 8-ft.
The 6-ft board is colored white, while the 8-ft board is colored Taupe. Both have a clean and simple look and will fit well with any type of pool.
The Frontier II is powder coated with high strength steel, making it as durable as any diving board in the market. With good care, you can expect this board to last for many years.
Just like the Fibre-Dive, it also boasts a slip-resistant sand tread for increased safety. Besides, its’ acrylic outer surfaces protect the board against scratches and fading.
This board’s weight limit is 250 lbs, which is quite a bit lower than the Fibre-Dive, so it’s more suitable for occasional use.
The package includes the board, stand, and everything you need to install the board. You won’t need any extra tools to install this.
The Frontier II is slightly more bouncy and has more spring to it than the Fibre-Dive. This will allow your kids to have plenty of fun while doing front flips and backflips.
A word of caution: If you’re attaching the board to a wooden dock, don’t forget to reinforce with metal. Otherwise, there’s a chance the fulcrum will end up breaking the wood.
“This board is not fit to handle constant stress from a very heavy person. If you need your board to withstand a significant amount of weight frequently, it’s best to go with the Fibre-Dive.
S.R. Smith Flyte Deck II Diving Board
Here’s yet another quality diving board from S.R. Smith.
The Flyte Deck II is a white-colored 6-feet board that’s also suitable for salt pools. The board comes with all the safety features of other S.R. Smith products, such as non-slip tread and durable materials.
The 316 stainless steel hardware of the board ensures that it remains resilient to corrosion. This means you won’t have to replace your board as often, saving you money in the long run.
The board’s base has a glossy appearance, and it’s sturdily built to endure heavy weight. In fact, the acrylic material of the board is reinforced with fiberglass to give it extra strength.
Although the product’s description states the weight capacity as 250 lbs, many customers that weigh over 200 lbs report that the board holds up just fine even with constant use.
You also get a three-year warranty with this product, so the company has got you covered if something goes wrong with your board during that period.
Lastly, the installation is as quick and simple as any other S.R. Smith boards.
“The only complaint I have about the board is that it gets dirty quickly due to its white color. It’s something you’d want to take into account if you prefer to keep your diving board sparkling clean at all times. Otherwise, it’s an excellent diving board.
Inter-Fab Duro-Spring Diving Board
Although not as popular as the S.R. Smith boards, the Inter-Fab Duro-Spring board is rated exceptionally well among its customers. As a matter of fact, this board is rated at 4.8 on Amazon, which is a very high rating compared to some of its competitors.
The board’s sizes come in 6 and 8-ft, and there are four colors: blue, gray, tan, and white. This one also has the standard weight limit of 250 lbs.
Like many other high-quality diving boards, the Duro-Spring uses skid-resistant acrylic surface for diver’s safety. These materials also provide an added protection against UV-light and fading, so your board maintains its form for a long time.
Additionally, the board’s base consists of the 12-inch wide laminated wood core, and the outer coating is resin-protected for extra strength. In other words, it’s really durable.
The package includes comprehensive instructions for the installation process. You can also visit the company’s website, where you can access a well-explained video that shows step-by-step on how to install the board.
The installation process is painless, and it shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to install this.
You’ll also get all the hardware, so you don’t need to spend more money than what you’re paying for the product.
I personally like that the board has a nice little spring to it and feels sturdy at the same time. It gives enough push to make your diving more enjoyable without feeling like it can break at any moment.
“I suggest you get a torque wrench before this board arrives if you don’t have one already. You’ll need it to torque the bolts properly so your board stays put. Also, If you already have the base, you might need to drill new holes to fit your board to the base.
Inter-Fab Duro-Beam Diving Board for In-Ground Pools
The Duro-Beam is a much more economical alternative to the Duro-Spring. It costs a fraction of the Duro-Spring, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it lacks quality.
The Duro-Beam also comes in sizes of 6 and 8-ft, and four different colors. The board weighs about 40 lbs, unlike the Duro-Spring, which weighs 70 lbs. This makes the Duro-Beam more suitable for moderate use. If you intend on using your diving board frequently, I’d recommend you go with the Duro-Spring.
Apart from its weight, the rest of the features are the same as the Duro-Spring. It’s also constructed with the same materials.
One significant advantage of the Inter-Fab boards is their price. They offer quality diving boards at a lower price than some of their competitors. If you don’t particularly care about buying the absolute best quality diving board and just want to buy a board that does what it promises, the Inter-Fab boards can be a great choice.
“The board is quite stiff compared to others. If you want a board with more springs, there are better alternatives, such as the Frontier II from S.R. Smith. This board also feels a bit more slippery than others, although not by a lot.
S.R. Smith Frontier III Diving Board
We’re once again back to our favorite diving board brand (for the rest of this list actually).
When it comes to sizes and color choices, the Frontier III is exactly the same as the Fibre-Dive, and it’s also made of the same materials.
What is different is that the Frontier III will retrofit onto the cantilever stand, salt pool jump, and supreme stand, in addition to the Flyte-Deck II stand and U-Frame stand. The Fibre-Dive, on the other hand, only retrofits onto the last two stands mentioned.
The board weighs 63 lbs, which is about 10 lbs heavier than the Fibre-Dive, giving it a sturdy feel.
It’s easy to install this, just like most S.R. Smith boards. As a bonus, the package comes with an instructional video for diving, which can be a useful resource if you or your kids have no prior diving experience.
“This board is supposed to be more flexible than the Fibre-Dive, but there are a few customers that report that the board is stiffer. So, the Fibre-Dive may be a better alternative if you’re looking for more spring in your board. Also note that if you own a cantilever stand, the hardware doesn’t come with spacers that you’d need to place between the board and spring.
S.R. Smith Cantilever Jump Stand
The Cantilever jump stand is a bit more pricey since it comes with both the stand and the Frontier III board.
The diving board that comes with this product doesn’t need any further explanation since it’s exactly the same board as the one I reviewed previously.
The item’s total weight weighs 132 lbs, and the package comes with a jig that you can use to mount the board on concrete.
If you’re looking for a board that makes it easy for your kids to have a blast doing flips and twists, this one will do the trick. This will send your kids just high enough up in the air for them to pull off all the cool moves without compromising safety.
“What makes this board great can also be a drawback, depending on your preference. If you prefer a board that leans on the stiffer side, this probably isn’t the best. In that case, you’ll want to go with something like the Duro-Beam. Some customers also report the paint peeling off quite easily, which is a bit disappointing considering its price.
S.R. Smith Salt Pool Jump System With the TrueTread Diving Board
The final one on the list is the TrueTread diving board. This board is perfect if you use a saltwater system since it’s made to work flawlessly with the saltwater. If you use a board that’s susceptible to corrosion because it contains metals, the TrueTread will serve as a good replacement.
This board would be my favorite if we only go by the board’s design. The design looks modern and will blend in well with any pool. The board comes in four different colors and two different sizes, giving you plenty of options to choose from.
Furthermore, the board is constructed with a marine-grade diamond-shaped composite, which provides impressive durability and an impeccable grip for your feet.
With the TrueTread, you can expect to jump a few feet higher than most standard diving boards. The board’s exceptional spring combined with a solid surface grip allows you to perform any and every diving tricks with ease.
“One customer started seeing cracks on her diving board after about two years of use. When she contacted the company, they promptly sent her a new one without any fuss, so the company seems to do a fine job staying true to their warranty. The price isn’t cheap, but it’s better than having to replace your boards multiple times due to rust.
Best Diving Boards Buyers Guide
I suggest you consider these factors before you buy your diving board.
Your Pool Depth
There aren’t too many things in life that are more horrifying than the thought of falling head-first onto your pool floor. That is precisely why it’s important to find out if your board is a good fit for your pool depth.
Most diving boards’ product descriptions come with a chart that clearly states the minimum depth requirement your pool needs to meet for you to use the board without sacrificing safety.
Make sure you read the chart carefully before you read anything else.
As a general rule, you want to go with a stiffer diving board if your pool depth is shallow. You may struggle to do cool flips that you’d normally do with a springy board, but it’s still a lot better than challenging the ground with your head.
Most diving boards can handle between 250 lbs to 400 lbs of weight at a time. If you or any of your family members comes close to the board’s weight limit, you’d want to pick a board that can comfortably withstand well over the person’s body weight.
But just because the board has a weight limit of 250 lbs doesn’t mean it can’t effectively handle a 200-lb man’s weight. That said, it’s better safe than sorry.
Length of the Diving Board
The board’s length usually ranges from 6 to 10-ft. The longer the board, the more it’ll bounce.
Longer diving boards can provide a great deal of fun, but they are not suitable for all pool depths. As previously noted, they require a deeper depth.
Although not as exciting, the 6-ft diving board will be your best bet for safety if your pool is shallow.
Flexibility of the diving board
Some boards are more flexible (or stiffer) than others. A flexible diving board has the same effect as a lengthy diving board in that it comes with more spring so the diver can jump higher.
This also means that the same principle as choosing the length of the board applies here. The more flexible the board, the deeper your pool should be, and vice versa.
Your skill level will play a factor as well. If your board is flexible, it means it’s going to be more unstable, which makes it harder for a beginner diver to maintain balance.
Pretty much every diving board has an anti-slip feature on the surface to ensure the safety of users. But some boards are less slippery than others.
Not only are less slippery boards important for your safety, but they also provide a better grip for your feet so that you can dive more easily.
Diving boards from companies, such as S.R. Smith, come with a sand tread that does an excellent job of providing a firm grip for your feet.
Salt Water Compatibility
If your diving board is not compatible with saltwater, it will soon begin to rust, and it’s just a matter of time before you’ll need to buy a new one.
If your pool uses a saltwater system, you can get a board like the TrueTread that works fine with a saltwater pool.
Diving Boards FAQs
Check out some common questions people have regarding diving boards.
How do you inspect diving boards for damage?
Make sure all your bolts are tight, and thoroughly check your board for any signs of wear, tear, and rust.
You’ll also want to see if your tread is smooth. The tread is the most important component of keeping a diver safe. If your hand easily glides over the tread, then that’s problematic since you’re much more likely to slip during your diving attempts. In such a case, you’ll want to replace your board promptly. I suggest you contact a professional to get help with the replacement.
Don’t forget to check the underside of your board. It’s easy to neglect this area since it’s not easily visible. But the underside of the board serves as an important part of maintaining your board’s structural integrity. See if you notice any cracks there. If you do, you should stop using the board immediately and replace it with a new one.
Check the paint on your board. If there are any chips, they can cause rust down the road. You can use specialized pool paint to fix this.
Lastly, if your diving board has a fulcrum pad, which serves to protect the board’s bottom, you’ll want to ensure it’s not damaged.
Both S.R. Smith and Inter-Fab make quality diving boards for pool owners. At the end of the day, you’ll want to pick a diving board based on your preference and the board’s compatibility with your pool.
I hope this guide helped you to get one step closer to choosing the best diving board for your pool!