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ADA Swimming Pool Lift Chair Compliance

Author: Adam Henige

Published: 2011-10-11 : (Rev. 2018-05-02)

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Information and new regulations regarding ADA swimming pool and spa compliance access for persons with disabilities.

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Information and new regulations regarding ADA swimming pool and spa compliance access for persons with disabilities.

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 are in receipt of 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/or sloped entry points to enable people with handicaps and disabilities to access the facility.

Any pool that has a perimeter wall greater than 300 linear feet will be legally required to have 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, in order to be considered ADA compliant, must conform to the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design:

For further information see the ADA accessible swimming pools and spas guidelines (PDF) and for measurements and guides for pool lift installations click here.

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