The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates swimming pool & spa accessibility requirements as they apply to pool and spa owners and managers.
The Americans with Disabilities Act
Per Sections 242 and 1009 of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it applies to pools and spas, accessible means of entry/exit are required for swimming pools. Such accessible means of entry include a pool lift or sloped entry, and either a transfer wall, transfer system, or pool stairs. Wading pools must provide a sloped entry, and spas must provide a pool lift, transfer wall, or transfer system. Wave action pools, leisure rivers, and sand bottom pools where user access is limited to one area shall not be required to provide more than one accessible means of entry, either a pool lift, sloped entry, or a transfer system.
You can read more about these requirements in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disabilities Rights Sections’s Accessible Pools: Means of Entry and Exit (pdf document, updated May 24, 2012). Additionally, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has put together a free ADA FAQ for you, which we have mirrored here.
ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business
As excerpted from the original U.S. Department of Justice Document ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business:
The Department of Justice has revised its regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This rule took effect on March 15, 2011, and clarifies issues that have arisen over the past 20 years, and contains new requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards). This document provides guidance to assist small business owners in understanding how this new regulation applies to them. Read more about the ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business here.
The Ultimate in Pool Care and the American Disabilities Act
As mentioned above, the Department of Justice passed new measures to ensure all pool patrons have access to public swimming pools. Most public swimming pools are now required to install chair lifts and/or ramps. With the new January 31, 2013 ADA-compliance deadline for swimming pools and spas now behind us, we urge swimming pool and spa managers to contact us to help make your facility fully compliant.
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at 631-242-2667 or your regional ADA office which may be found at the ADA National Network. In the meantime, if you’re not one of our existing clients, please feel free to request a bid on, or a free estimate for the many pool services and products the Ultimate in Pool Care offers.