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ADA Pool Compliance

ADA Pool Rules Signed into Law

After a six-year wait, the Americans with Disabilities Act swimming pool guidelines have become the law of the land. The law became effective in April 2011, and will apply to all newly constructed commercial pools. Existing facilities will be allowed one year from that date to bring their equipment into compliance with the standards. It has been estimated that almost 100,000 commercial pools currently are noncompliant.

A provision in the law called “Maintenance of Accessible Features” mandates regular maintenance on pool lifts and similar products; which is work that can be performed by a service tech.

The law mandates that any commercial pool containing more than 300 linear feet of pool wall perimeter must have at least two means of entry that are wheelchair accessible. One entry is required to be either an automated lift, or a sloped entry. The second can be a lift or a sloped entry — or it can be one of several other methods: pool access stairs, a transfer system that resembles a set of small portable stairs; or a transfer wall, which is a low wall with handles that helps people lift themselves over the side of the pool.

Pools with less than 300 linear feet of pool wall perimeter need one accessible means of entry: either a lift or sloped entry. Spas need one entry, which can be a lift, a transfer system or a transfer wall.

Facilities that are not in compliance could face lawsuits and complaints filed against them with the U.S. Department of Justice.


East Coast Pools, Inc. has the expertise to ensure your commercial pool facility is in compliance with all of the latest ADA pool guidelines. We can install new equipment, remodel to add sloped ramps, or simply maintain existing equipment to ensure you do not have to worry about being ADA pool compliant.

We install and service the very best pool lifts and Aquatic Wheelchairs available today in the industry. If you have any questions or concerns about your current facilities ADA pool compliance feel free to call us today. We are here to help you!

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