Webinar Session Details

Accessible Swimming Pools and Spas

Thursday, March 3, 2022
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


Splish splash! People with disabilities use swimming pools and spas for rehabilitation, exercise, rest, and relaxation. This session will review provisions in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards that address independent access to swimming pools and spas. U.S. Access Board staff will review application of the requirements to pools and spas, as well as the technical requirements for pool lifts, sloped entries, transfer steps, transfer walls, and accessible stairs. Additionally, they will address aquatic recreation facilities, such as lazy rivers, wave action pools, and water play components. Presenters will also clarify common sources of confusion about accessible swimming pools and spas. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
California Architects Board 1.5
Certificate of Attendance 1.5
ICC 1.5
LA CES 1.5


Bill Botten, Training Coordinator, Senior Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

Randall Duchesneau, Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 Our swim area is on a bend of the Green River, which seasonally floods. As a result, we have unpaved or gravel-covered parking. Any lessons learned from National parks or other agencies about how to provide disability access when Mother Nature votes "no?"
2 Will an alteration to a recreational facility that has a swimming pool trigger compliance with the provisions for an accessible swimming pool even if the alteration is limited to the restrooms and other recreational spaces inside the facility?
3 Can you touch upon the accessibility requirements for an outdoor pond swimming area associated with an summer camp?
4 Can you include alternative means of access ... transfer steps, etc?
5 For a Title II pool, please expand on the requirements for lift and other means of access. Specifically, what is required for patrons with no means to transfer themselves independently from their wheelchair and cannot use a straight backed water wheelchair? Does staff have to provide aide with the transfer if the caregiver is unable to do so?
6 Are there examples of best practices for means of access to lazy rivers?
7 Do swimming pool lifts have an expiration date to be replaced?
8 What do you do if the ADA require gate latches to be at a lower height then a State Law?
9 We're a private community pool planning a major renovation and want to make sure to take accessibility of our new facilities seriously, but are also dealing with a lot of site constraints. What are some things that we should consider while balancing lots of uses in a pool? What best practices should we employ during the planning and design process so that we're not missing opportunities?

Session Questions

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