American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA)

For owners and managers of facilities that are regulated by the ADA, the 2010 revisions to the 1991 ADA guidelines to include pools and spas has created a host of challenges in both interpreting and implementing these regulations. Architects, designers, and engineers have also had to reshape their visions and begin to embrace a new concept called "universal design."

The Department of Justice (DOJ) extended the March 2012 deadline to January 31, 2013 for existing pool and spa compliance. This extension does not apply to newly constructed pools or spas, or those going under alterations. The extension for existing pools and spas was issued through DOJ rulemaking and was based on public comments received by affected parties.

For more information, please visit the ADA's website.

To learn how to apply the ADA Act to your pool or spa, view this 50-minute video by John Caden at the 2011 World Aquatic Health Conference. The purpose of this presentation was to help aquatic professionals plan for and implement a strategy that will help them meet these requirements.