Keeping Cool With Hydraulic Lifts

We recently moved into a new apartment that has proven to be quite an upgrade from what we were used to. Besides the increased space and cathedral ceilings, not to mention the open floor plan and large kitchen, it also offers a few extra amenities that caught our eye while we were on the first tour of the property. The apartment complex offers an onsite gym, a car wash station, and, my personal favorite, a large swimming pool and hot tub. I have never lived at a place with a swimming pool before, so the idea of having a relief from the sweltering heat was enticing.

One thing I did notice however was that despite the fact that the rest of the complex was handicap friendly, there was no handicap access to the pool. There was a ramp into the actual pool deck and area, but no way for people to actually get into the pool if they were handicap. Surprisingly, this is the case across many different public and private pools in the country.

The official start date for this policy has bounced around from date to date, but as of right now everyone must comply with this policy by January of 2013. it is required that all public swimming pools in the United States must have assisted entry systems provided for handicap persons. The handicap lifts that would be put into the pools are hydraulic lift systems, and function similar to how industrial crane and car lifts work. The hydraulic system allows for a smooth transfer and motion, which is perfect for when the thing being transported is a person.  There are certain specific requirements according to pool size, location and ownership. This is in response to pressure from the ADA, the American Disability Association, in an effort to ensure that everyone is able to partake in the recreational benefits of swimming pools.