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Looking for advice on equipment and design option

PeterStanleyPeterStanley Posts: 2Member Listener
I am part of a Community Group near Bridtol  that later in 2019 will take over from a local school the running of its Swimming Pool which we will be accessed  by the local Community . An important feature of our plans is to enable access to the pool and changing rooms and showers by persons who are not fully mobile including those who use a wheelchair and also the elderly . I am looking for impartial and expert advice on this access and equipment/design options 


  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,202Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @PeterStanley ; Pleased to meet you welcome.

    Thank you for joining and sharing.  I am one of the team of community champions on the forum. Who guide and inform, help , advise new members who join.

    I am unsure of an answer to your question,, I think you need to speak to a member of the SCOPE team

    Ring the helpline 0808 800 3333. I am sure some one there will help you.

    Please take care.

  • Pippa_ScopePippa_Scope Posts: 5,858Member Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community, @PeterStanley!
  • Pippa_ScopePippa_Scope Posts: 5,858Member Disability Gamechanger
    Tagging in @Dbai686 in case this is of interest :)
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,348Administrator Scope community team
    This is from an American site but I wondered if it would be helpful?

    How Do You Make Pools Accessible?

    Pool Lifts – Swimming pool lifts are mechanical devices that provide access to a pool. Pool lifts can be fixed or portable, battery-powered or pressure-powered, but they do give the most economical and easiest way to retrofit a pool for accessibility.

     Sloped Entries – Sloped entries are similar to ramps that are used on dry land. They are expensive to install but virtually maintenance-free once they are in place.

    Transfer Walls – Transfer walls, or low walls, allow a user to transfer from a wheelchair onto the top of the wall and then rotate and pivot into the water. You see transfer walls being used quite a bit with spas.

    Accessible Stairs – Accessible stairs provide assisted pool entry for someone who is entering the pool from a standing position. These types of stairs have railings on both sides to provide support as the individual enters and exits the pool.

    Transfer Systems – Transfer systems are a combination of a transfer wall and accessible stairs. A person transfers from a wheelchair to the top platform and then transfers either up or down the steps to get in and out of the pool. Obviously, transfer systems require strong transfer skills.

    The size and type of pool determines how many means of access are required. For large swimming pools with an outside perimeter of 300 linear feet or more, 2 (two) means of access are required. One of those means of access must be either a swimming pool lift or sloped entry.

    These are considered primary means of access for swimming pools. The other types of means of access can be any of the five. You can have two swimming pool lifts, a pool lift and a transfer wall, or a sloped entry and stairs - but you cannot have a transfer wall and stairs.

    You have to have at least one of either a pool lift or a sloped entry on a large pool. For smaller pools (those under 300 linear feet of pool wall), one primary means of access is required and it must be either a swimming pool lift or a sloped entry. Spas and wading pools have different access requirements.
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  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,348Administrator Scope community team
    There is info here too about pool accessibility/.

    Have you spoken to the council? They might have rules and regulations around this and may even have funding?
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  • PeterStanleyPeterStanley Posts: 2Member Listener

    Many thanks  for your comments - they are very helpful. we have been in contact with the council. They use  hoists at their  public pools which we are trying to avoid as they are time consuming , needs someone to operate it and takes up space which we don’t have at the side of the pool. Also, importantly  it doesn’t give the disabled person as much control as we think they should have. Therefore  we are thinking of  a step-lift solution as it is more dignified and under the control of the individual . We would welcome any feedback from any swimming pool that uses one.

    The council is financially very stretched trying to provide their statutory services and unfortunately don’t have the resources to help fund the new pool building or its equipment.
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