Diving enthusiasts may want to skip Boulder's Scott Carpenter pool this summer.
The outdoor pool — which was closed Thursday afternoon because the water temperature dropped too low — no longer allows swimmers to dive head-first off its diving boards, instead requiring children and adults to jump feet-first.
The 50-meter pool, which opened in 1963, has two 1-meter spring boards. The pool has had a diving board since it opened, according to city officials.
Whitney Oftedahl, Boulder's parks and recreation spokeswoman, said the water under the boards is 10 ½ feet deep, which meets safety requirements but is shallower than other city pools with diving boards.
She said pool staff members observing how people were using the diving boards decided they could be unsafe.
"Our customers who are using the boards are inexperienced divers," she said. "We saw the potential for a safety issue, so we were just being proactive with this measure.
"We don't want anyone to get hurt."
Oftedahl said no specific injuries or incidents prompted the change.
She added that some adults have been disappointed that diving isn't allowed, but they have been encouraged to use other city facilities that allow diving.
Longtime diver and diving coach Karen Blubaugh called the rule "ridiculous" and said it's become harder and harder to find an area pool that will allow diving hobbyists any semblance of creative liberty on the board.
"This just blows me away," she said. "What next? Are they going to outlaw going feet first because you might sprain an ankle?
"They have no injuries to back this up. They're just saying, 'Oh, we're being preventative.' The chances of someone hitting their head on a pool that deep is ridiculous."
Meanwhile, diving is still allowed at the North Boulder and South Boulder recreation centers, where there is a 12-foot depth and no slope up to a shallower spot like there is at Scott Carpenter.
Camera Staff Writer Alex Burness contributed to this report.
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