Starting blocks

The starting block is one of the most eye-catching pieces of swimming pool equipment and is a feature that contributes towards highlighting the style of the whole pool. Therefore, the design of the starting block is an element that is at least as important as its practicality, reliability and durability.

It is above all for this reason that this element of “interior pool design” has undergone such considerable change over the years. From the first models made of fibreglass or coated sheet metal, increasingly complex and refined versions have developed.
Patentverwag, the leading company in Italy in the market of swimming pool equipment, has played a vital role in the evolution of starting blocks for at least twenty-five years.

The first models had simple shapes and, basically, they had only to comply with standards.
Later on, the problems and requirements of design came to the fore.

The load-bearing structure developed. From a simple parallelepipedon made of coated sheet metal, a highly advanced mirror polished stainless steel column support has evolved.
The screws securing the block to the floor were initially visible, but have now been moved inside the block support for reasons of appearance and safety.

From a simple fibreglass rectangle, the diving platform has become a refined feature injection moulded in ABS (acryl-butadiene-styrene) provided with a non-slip surface marked on the area where the athlete prepares to dive into the pool.

The starting blocks are basically of two types. The first is the “low” type that is fitted on the head wall and the “high” type that is secured to the floor around the pool and which, during competitions, must be fitted with a piece of equipment known as a “turning plate”.

The high type has a projecting step to enable the athlete to climb onto the starting block more easily. It is a step with a non-slip surface that can be removed to gain access to the points inside that secure the block itself. Finally, Patentverwag has fitted the diving platform with an adjustable stainless steel support that enables the block to be installed correctly on the edge of the pool.

In fact the regulations provide that the diving platform and the grip must be perfectly aligned compared to an ideal vertical plane coinciding with the side of the pool or the head wall.

Patentverwag Italia produces between 600 and 700 starting blocks a year for installation in hundreds of public swimming pools, as well as fitting many of the high blocks with the relative turning plate, an essential accessory for competitions.

Three models: two for swimming pools with moveable bulkheads or head wall and one of the high type for swimming pools without a head wall. The latter model has to be used with turning plates.

Made of stainless steel with a polyethylene grating, they represent an essential accessory for competitions in swimming pools fitted with high starting blocks.

The starting platform START/A1/P consists of a traditional diving footboard moulded in ABS, a stainless steel handle and a special support also moulded in ABS. This support has been designed for easy modification in order to be fitted with the equipment necessary for competitions.

SX STARTING BLOCKS

Dimensions
Supporting pillar is made according to FINA regulations.
Platform surface: 50 x 70 cm. Backstroke start handles: 40÷45 cm wide.
Positioning
For a correct positioning, models are adjustable for platform and grip.
Numbering
The numbers are black, in a self-adhesive plastic film 10×20 cm.
Installation
By means of expanding plugs and bolts or of a mounting base to be embedded into the ground.
TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION
The starting blocks of the SX Series are entirely made of stainless steel AISI 316.
The diving board and the adjustable rear element feature a highly efficient surface to prevent slipping. These starting blocks have been designed in two alternative versions: one with a lower block installation for those pools with a head wall and the other without head wall. The adjustable diving board is the same for both versions and has an “invisible” device installed that allows you to fasten the tilted rear element, used during races, in the matter of just a few seconds. As such, the SX starting blocks are designed to be used in two different settings: the daily use for normal swimming only, or configured for races, which require assembly of the sliding element.
It is useful that the sliding element

P2415/X Mod. START/A/SX in AISI 316 stainless steel, adjustable
Platform: AISI 316 stainless steel with rear support element (range 0-21 cm)
Handle: AISI 316 stainless steel with horizontal and vertical grip
Bearing structure: AISI 316 stainless steel
Dimensions: according to FINA rules, see drawing
Platform adjustment: any position, range 0-26 cm.

P2423/X Mod. START/B/SX in AISI 316 stainless steel, adjustable
Platform: AISI 316 stainless steel with rear support element (range 0-21 cm)
Handle: AISI 316 stainless steel with horizontal and vertical grip
Bearing structure: AISI 316 stainless steel
Dimensions: according to FINA rules, see drawing
Platform adjustment: any position, range 0-26 cm.