Most of us take for granted the ability to jump into a pool, but it is important for us to remember that not everyone has this luxury. Some people have disabilities that prevent them from being in a pool without assistance. The most obvious solution, and one that is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, is a pool lift. A pool lift is a mechanized seat that is used to raise and lower a disabled person into a pool. There are two types of pool lifts, which are permanent and portable.
The most common type, used at hotels and public pools is a permanent pool lift, which is installed on the side of a concrete pool, and is always available for use. The other type is a portable pool lift, which is usually on wheels, and can be placed anywhere around a pool. When using a portable lift, it needs to be in the proper position and operational during pool hours. Sometime the best course of action would be to permanently install the portable lift in the proper location. Besides meeting the ADA compliance requirements and avoiding ADA pool lift litigation, the main purpose of having a lift, is to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy a pool.