The long-awaited summer is here and your mind automatically drifts to the places in which you can soak and make the heat more bearable. Who doesn't enjoy spending a great afternoon with your feet dangling in a pool? However, while this may be totally normal for most of us, a swimming pool can be an architectural barrier for others. This is the topic we´re going to discuss with you today.
Swimming pools tend to be environments that have not been designed / adapted for people with reduced mobility, meaning bathing, having a swim or engaging in sporting activities can be an almost impossible task.
We would like to delve into this topic today with the sole purpose of clarifying what measures could be implemented to make such facilities accessible. Are you with us?
2. Adaptation of pools
Our first question is: are we obliged to adapt pools for the use of people with reduced mobility? If we´re talking about a community pool, then the answer would be a resounding yes.
The community of owners will be responsible for dealing with this matter, and must be committed to ensuring such community pools are accessible in order to prevent situations of discrimination due to disability, in addition to bearing the cost of such a renovation.
Different solutions can be implemented to make a pool accessible and to ensure the environment is totally safe for users with any kind of difficulty:
A. Entrance ramps
This seems like an obvious solution, however you need to remember that this solution can raise the cost of the facility. It is often financially non-viable.
When choosing this option you need to bear in mind a series of indications to ensure the work is carried out correctly. For example, the area surrounding the pool should be coated in non-slip material, there should be an unobstructed walkway around the pool and an entry and exit area, etc...
B. Acua chair lift.
This solution is the simplest and least expensive to implement, in addition to the fact it completely eliminates the architectural barriers involved in entering and leaving swimming pools.
In the case of the second option, we at General Elevadores have our pollutant-free, 150 kg capacity Acua Chair Lift in compliance with the highest standards of safety and hygiene.
Furthermore, one of the advantages of this alternative is the fact it is easily adapted to all types of pool. It swivels 170º in a clockwise direction, providing maximum stability and firmness.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information on our Acua Chair Lift.