Subject: Diving Trainer Equipment and Safety
I am trying to locate safety standards for a acrobatic diving board trainer which incorporates the use of a “Swing Ring” bar, 25 feet high, but uses a waist harness connected by two safety ropes, to elevate and steer center, the diver springing off the diving board, and landing on a fall protection mat.
I am going to have to apologize that I do not have a specific answer for you on this question.
Gymnastics no longer does swinging rings as a competitive event and there are no gyms in the United states that I know of that have or use swinging rings or “flying rings” as they used to be called. Â As such,Â gymnasticsÂ has no safety specifications for this type of equipment.
Current still rings are mounted on a ring stand where the rings hang on straps mounted 19′ above the floor. Â The current ring stands were not built to support swinging rings movements and may not be safe for swinging, especially for adult males. Â The old competition swinging rings were mounted up to 22′ off the ground.
Here are some examples of swinging rings Â videos, here you can see what the structures look like:
This set-up is mounted over a pool:Â
This shows swinging rings mounted both from building I-beams and from steel structures:
This shows a steel structure on the beach:
If you are mounting the structure inside, I would recommend anchoring to a steel I-beam, if that is available. Â If not, you might consider building an I-beam support structure and anchoring it to floor.
If you are building this for a diving board, the support for the “two safety ropes” (which we call a overhead spotting training system and which can be used with tumbling and twisting belts) should be mounted a few feet in front of the end of the diving board, so when a spotter pulls on the ropes, the diver is carried out and away from the diving board.
A bungee tramp loose foam pit is probably a safer alternative than just a safety mat or even a regular Resi-Pit. A bungee tramp Resi-Pit would be the next safest.
No pit, including bungee tramp loose foam pits or any other mat set up is safe for head first diving, even using a spotting belt with an experienced coach spotting.
Hope that helps, but I understand it is probably not everything you wanted.
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