On January 13, 2013 the Americans with Disabilities Act, otherwise known as the ADA became law. This means that all Public Entities and Public Accommodations and Commercial Entities including swimming and wading pools and spas become compliant. These regulations cover both private and public facilities including swimming pools, wading pools and spas in campgrounds, hotels, motels, country clubs, water parks, recreational sports clubs, universities, high schools and middle schools, health care facilities and universities. The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, may also apply to homeowner, townhome, condominium, and apartment associations if the pool or spa is open to the general public.
The guidelines of the ADA specify that certain design elements of a new or renovated swimming pool or spa must be accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines are minimal although the ADA encourages individuals to exceed the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines wherever possible in order to increase the opportunities for people with disabilities.
The guidelines include two accessible entries to the pool if it is over 300 linear feet. Primary means include a pool lift that can be operated by the person who has the disability, or a sloped entry. Other entries include a transfer system, transfer wall, or pool stairs. Pools that are less than 300 linear feet must provide people with disabilities with at least one point of entry with either a sloped entry or pool lift. Leisure Rivers, sand bottom pools, wave action pools and other swimming pools that have only one access area must provide people with disabilities at least one accessible entry using a transfer system, sloped entry, or pool lift.
In order to be compliant with the ADA, spa owners have to provide at least one means of entry that is accessible. This includes a transfer system, pool lift or transfer wall. Although footrests are not required on the pool lift, they are encouraged, especially for larger spas. Cluster spas must also be compliant with at least one accessible spa.
A & A Pools understands the importance of the American with Disabilities Act and can help you get your public pool, spa, Leisure River, sand bottom pool, wading pool, or wave action pool compliant with pool lifts and or transfer systems.
The ADA law means that everyone can get into the pool or spa safely. Call today and get your pool or spa up to code. As of January 13, 2013, it’s the law.