Spas, Pools, and Places of Recreation
The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) regulates accessibility requirements for public accommodations under Title III. Spas, pools, and even hot tubs are leisurely activities for which the ADA sets accessibility regulations. As an individual with a disability, you have the same right to enjoy these activities just as someone without a disability.
Swimming pools require accessible means of access; this can be achieved either by a pool lift, or a sloped entry (ramp). Wave pools, leisure “lazy” rivers, and sand bottom pools are also required to have at
least one pool lift, sloped entry, or transfer system. The same goes for wading pools, which require a sloped entry that can extend to the deepest part of the pool. The ADA does not distinguish between in-ground and portable spas; and both title II and III require that any type of spa, in-ground or portable, provide at least one “accessible means of entry” and can either be a lift, transfer wall, or transfer system. When there are multiple spas in a facility adjacent to one another, only one spa is required to provide an accessible means of entry.
You have the right to full and equal enjoyment of leisurely activities, and should never be prevented from participating or benefiting from these activities. If a private spa, leisurely river, hot tub, or other sort of pool makes entry and enjoyment difficult or even impossible, you likely have a claim under title III of the ADA. You deserve equal and accessible access into these facilities. Our firm is here to fight for your right to these public accommodations. Contact our experienced team of attorneys specializing in ADA discrimination to discuss your rights and potential claim. Schedule a free consultation with Bashian & Papantoniou today.
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