Access for All

Sound back-up: Pools measuring more than 300 perimeter feet need a second form of disabled access, which can include transfer walls and transfer systems. The primary access must be provided by a sloped entry or lift.

Sloped-entry rules: Zero-depth entries should land in water between 24 and 30 inches deep. If designers want a ramp to go deeper, there should be at least one landing that falls in the specified depth window.

Enabling self-sufficiency: The ADA states that lifts must be designed for independent operation by the user, whether they’re entering or exiting the pool. In addition, lifts should place the user in water no more than 48 inches deep, unless the entire vessel is deeper.

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