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 bathing codes.