Pool Lifts: Temporary vs. Permanent Installation
When it comes to policies and procedures, one of the most frequently asked questions among aquatic facility operators is whether or not to design a pool lift for temporary or permanent installation. There has long been concern among facility operators that pool lifts in general may create an "attractive nuisance" among children drawn to using the seat as a diving board. The argue that this safety issue would be reduced if the lift was only installed upon request and removed when there is no pool supervision, such as a lifeguard on duty. Permanent installation also brings out concerns on the overall life cycle of the equipment if it is constantly exposed to the elements, be it pool chemicals, water or weather.
|Life guard staff check the operation of the pool lift at Riverside Park Aquatic Center.|
It should be noted that the ADA requires facility operators to maintain accessible features and equipment in working, operable condition. Since a pool lift is a mechanical device, it should be tested regularly to verify that it is in good, safe working condition. As a best practice, some facility managers add inspecting the lift to the morning operational checklist before opening the pool to the public each day.