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Portable Swim Starting Blocks

The PowerStarts Portable Starting Block™ is the first and only truly portable starting block available for swimming.  Simply set the blocks in place, fill them with water, and you're ready.  Just drain the water and put them away for safety when not in use.

No bolts, no holes, no fittings, no tools, no fuss ... no problem!

Block Aft Iso Block Fwd Iso

Filling is accomplished simply and quickly, using a bucket or hose, through the large Ø3.0-inch fill cap on the top surface.  Emptying is even faster through the Ø1.5-inch drain cap on the side. 

When the Portable Starting Block is filled with water, it weighs almost 400 pounds.  This leaves it secure on nearly any textured deck surface.  On tile or a smooth concrete surface, placing the Block on a non-slip pad will accomplish the same secure installation.  There is no need for holes in the pool deck or any other special accommodations.  At the end of practice, simply drain the water.  The empty Block weighs approximately 100 lbs and may be carried by two people, or moved by one person with a hand-truck, to storage or to a vehicle.

Practice and Competition

Many pools that are used for practice do not have starting blocks.  Others take the starting blocks down, except when there is a competition meet.  Not having starting blocks to practice on is one of the excuses that coaches use for not practicing starts more often.  The patented PowerStarts® Portable Starting Block solves that problem and eliminates that excuse.

The Block is ideal for training beginners.  It may be reversed to provide a low, 8° sloped surface for starters, before moving up to the full-height competition block.  This unique flexibility is not available with any other starting block system.

The Block meets all of the dimensional requirements of starting platforms and backstroke handles for FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation), the International Swimming Federation, and USA Swimming.

Competition Pool Backstroke stand

CAUTION:  PowerStarts recommends positioning the Portable Starting Block on the pool deck near the deepest water to minimize the risk of the swimmer impacting the bottom of the pool.  Starting blocks should only be used by competitive swimmers under the direct guidance of a suitably trained coach in a controlled environment with adequate water depth. The American Red Cross recommends a minimum water depth of 9 feet.


Our Portable Starting Blocks are made from durable polymers, rubber, and stainless steel, and are designed to be stored, moved and transported anywhere you need blocks.  We will adjust the height of the block to custom-fit your pool configuration and get the most out of your starts.

We have 5 color choices for the surface jumping pads to customize your blocks:  Red, Blue, Green, Gray, and Black

Green, Gray, Blue

Blue, Gray, Green

Green, Black, Gray

Green, Black, Gray



Manufacturing and Shipping

Our Blocks are hand-built in southern California.  Packaged in boxes or pallets, we can deliver nearly anywhere on earth.