The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. In July 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice released updates to the ADA that include accommodations for “accessible means of entry for pools.”
Larger pools (>300 linear feet) require at least two means of access and smaller pools (<300 linear feet) require at least one means of access (source). Means of access? We’re talking about ramps and lifts to provide access for anyone cannot use ladders or stairs to enter a public pool.
Your public pool must be compliant by March 2012! Check out this handy cheat-sheet from S.R. Smith:
This handy PDF has all the details about how the new ADA requirements will affect your pool operation, and the options you have. Kast-A-Way Swimwear is now accepting orders for S.R. Smith lifts and other accessibility products. We anticipate demand to increase significantly as the deadline approaches, and I’d suggest pools get their orders in now with a later ship date.