With New Diving Depth Rule In Effect, Calgary Pools Subject To Review

Swimming Canada’s new rules regarding minimum dive depth standards came into effect and now the national review of municipal aquatic facilities begins. The rules, which took effect as of September 1st, are a result of teen Miranda Biletski’s incident from 2005 where the Regina Piranhas Summer Swim Club swimmer struck her head and shattered a vertebrae when diving off of starting blocks into four feet of water. She is now confined to a wheelchair, and was a 2016 Paralympian in wheelchair rugby.

In late 2017, the University of Regina was deemed negligent by a jury, while Biletski and the Piranhas Swim Club were deemed not at fault in the accident. ‘The jury awarded Biletski more than $9 million for damages, residence modifications, care items, loss of future earnings and loss of marriage/interdependence benefits.’ (CBC)

At the time of Biletski’s dive, the pool was 1.22 meters (~3.94 feet) deep, which was in line with the international standards. However, the International Swimming Federation now requires a minimum depth of 1.35m (~4.43 feet) when swimmers dive from blocks. Swim Canada only enforces that depth for new pools built after 2002.

The City of Calgary has imposed a temporary ban on diving from starting blocks at municipal pools while the national review is underway. Swimmers at these 11 facilities are allowed to dive from the pool deck instead of blocks, provided the pools are at least 1.2m (3.94 feet) deep for this purpose. The review is scheduled to wrap up in February. (CBC)

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Swammer99

Kihei aquatic center???

Coach

At the City of Calgary facilities, we are actually not allowed to dive (from the blocks or off the side).

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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