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ADA Swimming Pool Lift Chair Compliance

Published: 2011/10/11 - Updated: 2022/06/22
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Synopsis: Information and new regulations regarding ADA swimming pool and spa compliance access for persons with disabilities. All swimming pools and spas that receive government funding or membership dues must install a pool lift or sloped entry that complies with ADA regulations. To be considered ADA compliant, all pool lifts and chairs must conform to the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.



Swimming Pool Lift
A pool or spa lift assists people with difficulty getting in and out of pools and spas. A swimming pool lift for disabled people is a mechanized seat that is tasked with raising and lowering a disabled or injured person into a swimming pool. This seat usually features some restraint to keep the individual in question from leaving the seat voluntarily or falling off. Pool lifts can be of use to anyone who has difficulty getting into a pool, whether they use a wheelchair, walker, or are just unsteady on their feet for any reason. A pool or spa lift can be for in-ground or above-ground pools and mounted on or on cement or wooden deck surfaces. Pool lifts can be installed as part of the pool installation or after the fact as an aftermarket item.

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The American Disability Act's part relating to public swimming pools and spas states that all such public facilities will, from March 15, 2012, be required to install assisted entry systems to enable people with disabilities to gain independent access to such facilities.

All swimming pools and spas that receive government funding or membership dues must install a pool lift or sloped entry that complies with ADA regulations, according to the earlier 2010 Standard for Accessible Design rulings.

All public swimming pools and spas will be required to install pool lift chairs, and sloped entry points to enable people with handicaps and disabilities to access the facility.

Any pool with a perimeter wall greater than 300 linear feet will legally require two access points, while smaller pools need only one.

Access points for larger pools may consist of a pool lift chair and a sloped entry or a transfer wall or portable staircase.

Spas must have either ADA-compliant pool lift chairs, a transfer wall, or a sloped entry.

All pool lifts and pool lift chairs, to be considered ADA compliant, must conform to the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design:

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