The latest Information on the ADA Law for Public Pools and Spas

On September 15, 2010, the Final Rule for the Accessible Design for Recreational Facilities, including public pools and spas, was published in the Federal Register. These standards became the law of the land on March 15, 2011, and compliance was required by March 15, 2012 until that deadline was extended to May 21, 2012, and again, in May, 2012, to January, 2013. Compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design will be required for pools and spas that serve the public by January 31, 2013 unless that dates is changed again by the Department of Justice. Tax incentives for improvements made by businesses in order to comply with the ADA can be found at or at

The Aquatic Access series of pool lifts are defined by the Department of Justice as fixed lifts, and fully comply with the law for public pools. Because Aquatic Access water-powered lifts are easy to install and maintain, they provide READILY ACHIEVABLE ACCESS at a reasonable cost. To be certain that you are investing in accessibility products that comply, a careful reading of the pertinent documents at is advised, and specific questions should be addressed to the true accessibility experts at the ADA. A hot line has been established to help you understand the new law at 800.514.0301.

Questions about the best lift for your particular needs can be answered by Aquatic Access at 800.325.5438. If you call during normal business hours (8:30-4:30 Eastern Time, weekdays) you can always reach a real human being ready to assist you. Our personal service guarantees that you will get a lift that fits your particular pool and provides the level of safe access you desire.

Aquatic Access is providing a number of documents for download that can help you in the decision-making process for your particular pool. These are listed here:

ADA 2010 Revised Requirements-- Accessible Pools Means of Entry and Exit: This Department of Justice publication includes all revisions through May 24, 2012.

ADA Questions and Answers Regarding Compliance of Existing Title III Pools: This document was provided to further explain the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design to companies and owners of pools that serve the public. This document should relieve some of the confusion about compliance.

Pool Lift Design Specific Standards: This online page is the Aquatic Access ADA Advisor which provides full data on the requirements and which Aquatic Access lifts are the best choices for compliance.

ADA Definition: What is the ADA? What does it mean by Title II and Title III? What is required?

Means of Access Required: What means of access are required for my pool? A convenient chart and measurement guide for determining how many means of access you need to provide in your pool.

Your Primary Choices: The regulations state that only two types of access can be the primary means of access for swimming pools. This document categorizes both types for you.

Aquatic Access ADA Models: This document provides information about the various Aquatic Access Lifts that meet the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.

ADA Revised Standards Effective Date/Compliance Date: This DOJ document provides full information about effective dates for the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design for Title II and Title III entities.

Learn Exactly What is Required by January 31, 2013: A video compiled for your convenience that sums up the basics of the new law.

Aquatic Access currently has twelve models of water-powered lifts that comply with all of these regulations. The IGAT-180 and the IGAT-180/135 lifts provide access to most in-ground pools, and, with the use of a recessed socket plate, can provide that access to above-ground pools with decks around them as well. The IGAT-180AD lifts provides access to in-ground pools equipped with an automatic pool cover or with a raised lip around the edge of the pool. Click on the button below to see details about each of these lifts. All of the IGAT products can be customized as heavy-duty for the bariatric customer, designed to rotate either clockwise or counter-clockwise, or configured for a number of different pool designs. Call and discuss your special requirements with any of our engineering team.

ADA-Compliant Lifts