Now we can determine the type of board/base combo we want for our pool. The two types of boards to choose from are the jump board or the diving board. Some might say a “board is a board” but this is not the case. There is a distinct difference between the two and that deals with the springiness of the board and base. A springy base or often called a “jump stand” has a spring assembly connected to the base. This configuration comes in different configurations, determined by the manufacture and time period. If you take a look at the old “Duro-Spring boards made by Interfab they had actual springs as the fulcrum point of the board. The current springboards have spring assemblies that consist of spring leafs kind of like a heavy-duty truck suspension. These are curved pieces of metal between the board and base that create the desired bounce effect without looking so outdated as the spring design. A good example of the leaf configuration is the S.R. Smith Frontier III Spring Board and Cantilever Stand.
You can see that these are a sleeker design and the favored type over the old coil springs. The other option for a jump stand is the spring stand made by S.R. Smith which is a fulcrum base jump stand called the Frontier II w/ Spring Stand
. The spring stand differs from Cantilever and Supreme stand as the entire base is a spring. The jump stand is a metal leaf that system meant only for use with the Frontier II board. If you are looking for hangtime though the best option would be the Cantilever Stand as the spring assemblies provide much more of the boost the adventurous pool-goers desire. The stiffest of the boards is the Glas-Hide making it the board with the least amount of spring. What it lacks in spring it makes up for durability; meant for heavy-duty use on residential pools it is great for pools expecting a lot of parties. Also with the composition of the board there are none of the usual weather restrictions other systems are burdened with.