ADA Blog: The ADA and Pool Lifts
By Jonathan Ellis
My name is Jonathan. My family and I recently took a trip to Texas to visit more family for a high school graduation. Once we reached the hotel where we staying, my mother, Mary Jo, noticed they had a pool lift. Several years ago we were in Florida where the hotel also had a pool lift; however, the battery was dead. As of January 31, 2013, ADA-compliant pool lifts are required in all Title II and III pool and spa facilities, public and private.
What makes a lift ADA compliant?
1. Minimum lifting capacity: 300 pounds.
2. Solid seat 16 inches in width.
3. Lift must have footrests.*
4. User must be able to operate, without assistance, from the deck and water.
5. Must not require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrists to operate and not require more than five pounds of force.
6. Seat must have the ability to submerge into the water 18 inches below stationary level.
*Footrests are not required for spa lifts. However, they are highly recommended.
In Texas, though, I was able to realize the sensation of being in a pool again after 20+ years.
For more information about access to swimming pools and pool lifts, see the “Accessible Pools: Means of Entry and Exit” document at https://www.ada.gov/pools_2010.htm
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