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ADA Pool Lifts - Anchored

ADA Pool Lifts - Anchored

for handicap access to pools and spas
The ADA mandate requiring all swimming pools and spas to be accessible to all partons becomes law effective January 31, 2013. This new mandate covers public entities and private facilities including pools operated by public park and recreation districts, hotels and  motels, fitness and recreational sports clubs, country clubs, high schools and universities, waterparks, hospitals and health care facilities.  All swimming pools in such facilities must have two means of accesible entry.  If a spa lift is chosen as a means of entry, keep in mind that the water at the point of entry must be less than 48” deep and the center of the seat must be a minimun of 16” from the end.

In order to be ADA compliant, your lift must:

•    Have a minimum weight capacity of 300lbs
•    Have a solid seat at least 16” wide and a footrest. 
•    Be capable of unassisted operation from the deck and the water.
•    Must not require tight grasping or twisting of the wrists to operate
•    Not require more than 5lbs of pressure to operate.
•    The seat will stop above 16-19" above the deck in the transfer position.
•    The seat will submerge at least 18” below the water surface.





Item Number
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Description  Portable  Anchor Included  CA ADA  ≤18" Setback  ≥18” Setback  Capacity  Price 
7133 Scout -
no anchor
x 350lb $3,895.00
7132 Scout -
anchor included
x x 350lb $3,995.00
7210 Revolution -
No Anchor
x x 500lb $6,195.00
6325 Revolution x x x 500lb $6,295.00
5316HD Splash HD x 400lb $5,148.90
6199 Splash
w/ Extended Reach
x x 300lb $5,386.00
6203 Splash w/ Extended
Reach (CA Package)
x x x 300lb $5,930.00
5832 Pro Pool x x x x 450lb $4,880.14
6528 aXs x x 300lb $3,999.00
7080 aXs
+ Arm Rests
x x x 300lb $4,556.00
7162 MultiLift x x x 350lb $3,199.00
HNC1331 ML300 x x x 300lb $2,799.00
7147 Titan 600
+ Anchor
x x x 600lb $6,158.00
3060 IGAT-180
x x x 400lb $3,944.00
6127 IGAT-180 ADC
x x 400lb $4,429.00
6323 Aspen x x 350lb $3,584.00
6045 Lolo
x x 400lb $4,214.00
5431 Gallatin x 400lb $5,568.00
7143 Ranger -
no anchor
x 350lb $3,052.00
7144 Ranger -
anchor included
x x 350lb $3,595.00
6071 Traveler x x x 500lb $6,835.00
7205 Freedom 2 x x x 350lb $3,279.00

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Frequently Asked ADA Pool Lift Questions & Answers

Pool Lift Questions, Clarification and Concerns

Question: Are religious organizations exempt from the ADA pool lift requirements?
Answer: Per title III,, religious organizations are exempt from ADA Pool Lift Regulations. However, if the organization opens the pool up to the public at any time, then thethe ADA pool lift regulations would apply.

Question: Do pools with water slides need an ADA Pool Lift?
Answer: According to section 203.11 water slides do not need to comply with the ADA requirements. Also according to 242.2 the catch pools at the end of the slides do not need to be made compliant.

Question: If a location has multiple spas, do they need a lift for each spa?
Answer: If the spas are grouped, only one or 5% of each grouping needs to be accessible.

Question: We have a resort / condo association with no handicap accessible rentals as our facility was built in the 1940s. Do we still need an ADA pool lift?
Answer: By renting accommodations to the general public, your facility most likely needs to comply.

Question: If a location has multiple pools, does the facility need an ADA Pool Lift in place during business hours, or can it be moved it into place upon request?
Answer: The law requires the facility to have a lift available but does not need to be on the deck at all times.

Question: Is it true that all bodies of water need a separate lift? For example a hotel has a spa and a pool, both need a separate lift?
Answer: Each body of water is required to have its own means of access. A spa can have a transfer wall or transfer system as its primary means, so you don’t necessarily need two lifts. However, under the law, one lift that can be relocated does not satisfy the requirements. If a facility writes an implementation plan and specifies that they feel one movable lift for both bodies of water will meet the requirements, they will most likely not get penalized. At worst, the DOJ would probably just make them provide a primary means for each.

Question: Does my facility meet Grandfather / Safe Harbor requirements and not require any changes?
Answer: The Department of Justice issued its initial set of accessibility guidelines in 1991. The 2010 revision both expanded the 1991 guideleines and introduced new requirements. In regards to swimming pools, there were no guidelines in the original 1991 requirements. Specifically, the 2010 regulation specifically states that swimming pools, wading pools, and spas are not eligible for the safe harbor provision.

Question: Is there a minimum fine if you don’t comply or are you just leaving yourself open to lawsuits?
Answer: Per the website, "The Department may file lawsuits in Federal court to enforce the ADA and may obtain court orders including compensatory damages and back pay to remedy discrimination. Under title III the Department may also obtain civil penalties of up to $55,000 for the first violation and $110,000 for any subsequent violation."

Question: Does ever facility need to comply? Including Mobile home parks? Private country clubs? Private swim clubs?
Answer: Residential entities are typically would be exempt from ADA pool lift requirements, if the entity restricts use of the pool to residents and their guests. However, transient mobile home parks, that cater to campers and short term occupants, would be treated like a hotel, and subject to ADA requirements. A private country club must restrict the use of their pool to members and their guests, but . . . if the club rents out the facility to outsiders for corporate outings and the like, this wouldwould trigger the need to meet ADA requirements.

Question: Do any states have different requirements than the Federal ADA guidelines for pool lifts?
Answer: The California Builder’s Code stipulates that pool lifts should include are rests. Arm rests are not specifiedin the ADA Pool Lift regulations.

Question: Do pool lifts need to be grounded?
Answer: All of our pool lifts are battery operated and should not require any grounding (check for local regulations to be sure). Batteries are removed for charging at a location away from the pool lift. Each Charger is different, some are Class I (Ground Required) and others are Class II (No Ground Required).

Question: It is my understanding, in reading the ADA compliance requirement, that Pools/Spas open to the public are needing to install the lifts and ramps. Am I to assume that establishments that are NOT public do not need to install these new devices?
Answer: In general, any facility that restricts use of their pool to members/residents and their guests are exempt from ADA obligations. However, if any of these types of facilities (apartments, condos, HOA’s, or private clubs) allow their pools to be used as public accommodations, they would then be required to follow ADA regulations.

Question: It appears that all wading pools will need to close or install a ramp. Is this correct?
Answer: Any barrier removal modification must be “readily achievable.” This means, able to be done without much difficulty or expense. In order to provide a safe level of accessibility to an existing, flat bottom wading pool, the entire pool would need to be excavated and re-graded to provide the requires sloped entry. This process would likely cost as much as the original installation, and would not be considered to be readily achievable. A portable ramp would not be a safe solution, considering the way wading pools are used. Since children frequently run through the water in a wading pool, this type of ramp would be an obstruction and potential tripping hazard. Keep in mind that barrier removal is an ongoing responsibility. What is not readily achievable today, may change in the future. In this case, if e wading poll were ever relocated to make way for future construction, at that time the pool would need to meet 2010 ADA requirements.

Question: What does it take to be eligible for tax credits with ADA pool lifts?
Answer: Read the Tax Opportunities Fact Sheet that summarizes all information. Basically, it is less than $1,000,000 in revenue or fewer than 30 employees. There are also tax deductions for most businesses.

Question: It is my understanding that most apartment buildings will not need to comply with the new ADA Pool Lift Regulations. Can anyone back this up?
This is correct. Unless apartments open their pools to the general public, they will not have to follow ADA. The ADA does not govern residences. Apartments qualify as a residence. They are, however, governed by the Fair Housing Act.

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