Well, we are in the planning stages of in inground pool. We are having trouble deciding on a depth. When I was growing up, I always thought that a pool with a diving board was 10 feet deep. As I call around to the different pool companies, they are telling me that 8.5 feet is usually what they install for a diving pool. Is this pretty standard? I mean, I have some taller friends and was thinking that 8.5ft may not be deep enough, but the pool installers are telling me that it should be fine. We have gone swimming quite a bit at my wife's boss' house this year and their pool is 10ft and we loved it. My step son liked swimming down and getting the toys from the bottom.
It's only a 200.00 extra cost to get the extra 1.5ft, but then that takes more away from the shallow end of the pool too. If 8.5ft would be plenty for diving with no worries for anyone, I would probably go that route just to keep from taking away any more from the shallow end.
I just wanted to get some of your suggestions...maybe from some of you that have pools.