A disability should not be a hindrance to enjoying the recreational and therapeutic benefits of a swimming. Besides the obvious fun of being in a pool, pools also offer relief to joints and muscles and provide mobility to those who may find getting around otherwise more difficult. Readers looking to improve access to their swimming pool may be interested to learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for disabled access, and about the wide range of lifts and aids available for purchase.
Elements of ADA compliance laws include that any commercial pool under 300 feet must have a sloped entry or a pool lift. Commercial pools larger than 300 linear feet need two forms of access, one of which must be a sloped entry or pool lift.
Spas, wave action pools, leisure rivers, wading pools, and sand bottom pools all need one access point. Wading pools must have a sloped entry. If you have multiple pools or bodies of water, the Patriot Portable Pool Lift or Revolution Pool Lift might be the perfect option to serve different areas.
In order to confirm your current pool lift is ADA compliant, make sure it has a lifting capacity of at least 300 pounds and a footrest that accompanies the seat into the water. A manually cranked or manually rotated lift is not ADA compliant.
You can review the entire new requirements at the ADA website here: http://www.ada.gov/
Pools And Stuff has many great options for pool lifts and aquatic wheelchairs for all of your ADA compliance needs. Our qualified staff can help figure out the best option for your pool set up, as well as offer free shipping in the 48 states. Meeting the new ADA Pool Regulations can be easy!