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Is Your Public Pool Accessible to the Disabled?

With the deadline for compliance of March 15, 2012 rapidly approaching, there is little activity around the American with Disabilities Act requirements for access to swimming pools, according to Pool and Spa News. The new rules require that:

  • Most public pools must have a sloped entry or lift
  • Pools measuring more than 300 perimeter feet need a second means of access
  • Spas must have a lift, transfer wall or transfer system

These rules have been in place since last year for new swimming pools and spas, but will now be required for existing facilities that fall under the following classifications:

  • Pools operated by public park and recreation districts
  • Hotels and motels
  • Fitness and recreational sports clubs
  • Country clubs
  • High schools and universities
  • Waterparks
  • Hospitals and health care facilities

The regulations apply to both public and private facilities, and may also apply to private residential facilities, such as homeowners, apartment and condo associations, if these facilities are open to the general public (they typically are not).

Summary Guidelines Permitted Means of Pool Access

Pool Type

Sloped
Entry

Lift

Transfer
Walls

Transfer
Systems

Stairs
Swimming Pools with less than 300 Lineal Feet of Pool Wall

X

X
Swimming Pools – 300 or more Lineal Feet of Pool Wall – 2 means of entry required

X*

X*

X

X

X
Wave Action, Leisure River, Other Pools where User Entry is Limited to 1 Area

X

X

X
Wading Pools

X
Spas

X

X

X
* Requires two means of access. Primary means must be by sloped entry or pool lift; secondary means can be any of the permitted types.

If you are not sure if your facility is subject to these new regulations, or would like more information on compliance, give Lifetime Pools a call at (650) 494-7070. We can bring you into compliance using the most cost-effective means possible.

 

By |2017-01-16T19:35:43+00:00March 5th, 2012|Commercial Swimming Pools|1 Comment