You don’t necessarily have to be a native Philadelphian to have heard about Devil’s Pool. The popular watering hole gained even more notoriety after a picture of a woman diving into it was published in The New York Times back in 2011.
However, although the picture was indeed a nod to the beauty of the place, it actually became an invitation for people who wanted to duplicate that famous dive. Instead of wading out into the water safely and going for a relaxing swim, guests wanted to take a chance and jump off of the stone bridge that stands some 50 feet above the hole. Doing this caused a Montgomery County teenager to break his neck and puncture a lung, calling more attention to just how dangerous this area can be when it isn’t used properly.
It’s quite possible to be wooed into a false sense of security while looking at the surface of the water. The Philadelphia Voice ran an article detailing some of the issues that had come up as a result of activity at the watering hole. Often appearing quite serene and even a bit demure, it would seem that it’s perfectly okay to practice your diving skills by jumping into the depths. The problem is that just beneath the surface lie jagged rocks and other objects that can cause serious injury when a person makes harsh contact with them. In addition, there’s also the risk of coming into contact with dangerous bacteria which could cause a host of other problems.
Authorities in the area are committed to doing their part to keep other people from being hurt at Devil’s Pool. There will be more signs posted which prohibit diving and swimming and there may even be fines enacted for those who happen to go against the code.
The best thing to do if you want to enjoy Devil’s Pool is take care to act wisely. Respect the waters by gently treading through them, resisting the urge to do a cannonball or perform some other dangerous move. You’re sure to be glad you did.