Diving into a pool is loads of fun, but it's crucial to do it properly. On the one hand, people who don't have good form nor take safety measures before making a splash can get seriously hurt. Over 1,700  diving accidents result in spinal cord injuries, according to Ortho Info. These incidences have also led to injuries that extend to other parts of the body, like the arms and legs. On the other hand, it can be an absolute blast. Everyone from kids at summer camp to Olympic swimmers have enjoyed the art of diving – and so can you. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the big plunge!

On your mark
Before stepping onto the diving board, make sure your pool area is ready. Know the depths of your own swimming pool. It's never safe to dive in the shallow end. If you're a guest at someone else's pool, look around for depth indicators, suggested Ortho Info. The water should be a minimum of nine feet deep, stated Live Strong. The area should also be well illuminated. LED lights are great for a night swim, but if the water is dark and you can't see very well, it's not a good idea to take a dive. If you need lights and other safety features installed, call up Phoenix pool service professionals before you let people dive at your pool.

Designate a specific area of the pool for diving. This will get people into the habit of only taking a head-first plunge from that particular area. While you're inspecting the pool, look for unsecured objects floating around in the water. You don't want to dive onto a child's toy or some cleaning equipment. Make your pool guidelines and ask other people to respect them as well. When it comes to safety, it's perfectly fine to be strict in your home, suggested the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If people don't want to abide by the rules, don't let them swim in your pool. An injury could lead to liability issues and you don't want to see your friend get hurt.

Get set
When you and your guests are ready to hit the pool – check to make sure everyone is prepared. These steps really depend on your preferences. Use a nose plug if you hate getting water up your nostrils. Check to make sure your swimsuit is on nice and tight. No one wants any articles to come loose in the water. For safety's sake, you'll also want to have someone watch over you while you're diving. Even the experts use this strategy. They know that accidents can happen to anyone. You've got your buddy, swim articles and other personal necessities. It's time to head to the diving board.

Go!
Not so fast, though. Walk slow, don't run around the pool and especially be careful when you're standing on the diving board. Since it's positioned right above the water, it'll probably be slippery. Now test the board. Jump with your arms extended above your head and land feet first on the board, suggested Live Strong. This test is important because sometimes the springs need to be replaced.

It's finally time. Reach your hands over your head and take the plunge. These tips apply to people who already know how to swim – don't attempt to learn on your own. Get some lessons first and then give it a try!