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ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

The Americans with Disabilites Act requires public accomodations to provide goods and services to people with disabilities on an equal basis with the rest of general public. The goal is to afford every individual the opportunity to benefit from our country's businesses and services, and to afford our businesses and services the opportunity to benefit from their patronage. In our case, the goal is to provide access to every swimming pool, so that people with disabilities will have a greater opportunity to enjoy the benefits of water-based activities.

ADA Law - Pool Lift
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    ADA Guidelines for Public Swimming Pools


    On July 26, 2010, the US Department of Justice released updated ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Among the updates for a number of facility types were new requirements specifically for public swimming pools. The level of accessibility depends on the size and type of the pool. For pools under 300 linear feet in size, the ADA Standard for Accessible Design calls for one means of access, which must be either an ADA-compliant lift, or a sloped entry. Pools with greater than 300 linear feet of pool wall must also have a second means of access. This second means can either be another lift or ramp, or it can also be a transfer wall, a transfer system or pool stairs.

    Explore the entire text of the new requirements at the ADA website.

     
     

    Easy-to-Read summary of the requirements for swimming pools


    1. What is ADA?
      The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. Enforcement of ADA laws are carried out by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

    2. Which parts of ADA are relevant for swimming pools?

      1. Title II: Title II prohibits disability discrimination by all public entities at the local and state levels. Examples of Title ii entities would be: school Districts, municipalities, cities, and counties.

      2. Title III (Private Industry): Title III prohibits disability discrimination by any place of public accommodation (commercial facilities). Examples of Title iii entities would be: Lodging, recreations, Education, Transpor tation, Etc.

    3. What are the swimming pool specific requirements?
      Both Title ii and iii entities are required to provide "accessible means of entry for pools". Larger pools (>300 linear feet) require at least two means of access and smaller pools (<300 linear feet) require at least one means of access.

    4. Are there service requirements for ADA equipment?
      Yes, there is a "maintenance of Accessible features" provision which states that "a public accommodation shall maintain in operable working condition those features of facilities and equipment that are required to be readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities."

    5. What are the permitted means of access?
      Pool lifts and sloped entries (ramps) are the required primary means of access for swimming pools. Additional means of access are recognized (i.e. Transfer Walls, Transfer systems, stairs) but only as secondary measures. Pool lifts and sloped entries may also be used to meet secondary means of access requirements.

      Means of Access
    6. What are my S.R. Smith ADA compliant pool lift options?

      ADA Compliant Lift
    7. Are there other accessible elements that I should consider for my pool?

      MAC
      MAC's (Mobile Aquatic Chairs) are essential for sloped entry use and can also serve as a interfacility user transportation device.

       

      RAILS
      Hand rails are required for sloped entries and also
      serve as a steadying influence around pool steps.

      MAC   Rails
    8. Where can I learn more about swimming pool accessibility?
      Visit www.poollifts.com and register for accessibility updates or visit www.ADA.gov

    9. I'm interested in talking to a pool lift expert.
      Call 1-877-891-7665 or email us at: am.service@amerimerc.com and we will contact you.

     
     
     
     
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