For generations of schoolchildren, the diving board symbolized the delicious freedom of summer vacation. With no homework to distract, riotous chatter coalesced around diving towers in swimming pools. An impressive leap might be a means through which a swimmer could flirt or assert social standing. But for others, the magic was simply in the exhilarating, even transcendental free-fall into the shimmering blue. How often can a kid experience that? Today, municipal diving boards are increasingly hard to find. Like many everyday activities, when a dive goes wrong, it can be fatal. And so since the 1970s, health and safety concerns, lack of investment and new diving regulations have led to a decline in the amateur pastime. As of 2015, there are just three public pools in New York City with diving boards. In London, swimming pools with diving facilities fell from over 96% to less than 10% between This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-six Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Neighborhood: Fire Stations The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments.