Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make swimming pools more accessible
It is all about making your swimming pool accessible in such a way as to
enable a person with a disability to be able to swim in your pool. You may
think that this may be a huge inconvenience for you but I’ll give you a few
tips to get you started.
First, your pool needs to be painted in colors that are easy to see for
those who are low vision and for the most part most pools are painted in
such a way.
Next, the tiles surrounding the pool should be done in a color that
contrasts markedly to the color of the pool.
Third, The interior of the pool should have clear demarcations to denote the
shallow from the deep. That is, through color, different textures of tiles
that can be felt under foot.
Fourth, it should be easy to distinguish walls of the pool for those with
low vision. As long as it is easy to see the walls then you are okay.
Fifth, with regard to steps leading into the pool: They should be easy to
find, they should be paved with skid free tiles, and there should be rails
on both sides of the steps.
Sixth, there should be a distinguishing tile placed at the top of the step
so that someone with little or no vision can feel the difference so as to be
able to distinguish the edge of the steps and tell the difference between
the edge and the tiles surrounding the pool.
This should be a good start and this list is by no means complete.