So too, the season for the Can Opener (cannonball with one leg extended), the JackKnife (touch your toes in midair, straighten to a dive before you hit the water), the Ballbreaker (cross-legged, seated posture in the air), and the "double-dare ya" Flying Squirrel (head first, arms behind your back, holding onto your ankles). Don't even think of a handstand off the low dive, nor a graceful swan dive with properly pointed toes. No more half-gainers, either.
Plain and simple...this sucks:
"The three-meter board had been a fixture of our pool at Chesterbrook Swim Club in Fairfax County, Va., for as long as anyone can remember. But the county has declared that it can no longer afford to pay the liability insurance for it -- and so we've been grounded.
So why can't we just have a sign that reads: "Jump off this board at your own risk"? Some of our club members, many of whom are lawyers, say the elimination of the high board is for the safety of "the children.
And not just the children in Fairfax County, mind you. Diving boards are disappearing across America. The insurance industry says that most pool-construction companies won't even install the boards anymore out of fear of lawsuits. "
How is a boy suppose to flirt with the opposite sex if he can't splash her with his cannonball or make her laugh out loud with his bellyflop? How is a girl suppose to dazzle her friends if she can't show off her back flip?
How is a kid suppose to test her mettle if she doesn't have the opportunity to climb the 8 or 10 steps of the high-dive ladder, walk with trepidation to the end of the board, peer down at the deep water 12' below and,-- with her knees trembling and heart pounding--take the then biggest leap of her life?
But the diving-board dilemma is not just a legal matter; it's a cultural one. We Americans have become so risk averse when it comes to our children that we now see unacceptable dangers from even the most routine activities. We have created peanut-butter-free school zones, "soft" baseballs, army figures without guns, parks without see-saws and full body armor for bike riding.
Some days, I am very glad that I was a kid when it was fun to be a kid.
(Posted by Portia)