A clarification has been released regarding the Red
Cross recommended depths for headfirst pool entries.
Originally, the suggestion simply stated that such entries
should only be performed in water at least 9 feet deep.
The amended recommendation states, in part, that
swimmers should “be sure that water is at least 9
feet deep unless performed with proper supervision and in
water depths that conform with the rules of [a] concerned
regulating body,” such as USA Swimming, FINA, the
YMCA and others.
The new language allows swimmers who have demonstrated
control of their angle of entry to dive in shallower depths
if observed by a qualified coach, who must follow any
higher standards that may be established by local or state