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download19Whether you have a private pool or a pool open to the public, you might considering having adaptive equipment available for swimmers. If you happen to own a public pool or spa, it is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to meet certain regulations regarding handicap accessbility to ensure that all are included and allowed to access the pool. You can read the ADA public pool requirements here. While private pools and spas are not required to meet these regulations, some homeowners or private owners might consider having accessible means of entry and exit and other aquatic adaptive equipment for swimmers. These types of equipment can be beneficial to users who might be in wheelchairs or have a disability. There are also many supplies to consider that are great for people who might be doing aquatic exercise and aquatic therapy. Here is some great adaptive equipment and supplies worth considering for your pool or spa:

Above Ground Pool Lift | An above ground pool lift is one of the most popular devices to have for your pool or spa. They provide safe means of entry and exit for people with disabilities.

Water Barbell | For people who might be doing aquatic therapy, underwater barbells are great tools. These barbells by Theraquatics are great because they don’t absorb water and the provide excellent support above water and are also great for resistant exercises below the water.

Short Dive Stand | Standard diving boards require people to climb a ladder to the top, but a short dive stand are is much more accessible.

Buoyancy Vest | Have buoyancy vests on hand for swimmers doing therapy. They’re typically easy to wear and are great for therapy exercises in the water where users are doing deep water running.

Mentor Paddles | Mentor paddles are great tools for therapy or those who simply enjoy aquatice exercises. These tools, which are used as water wings, reduce shoulder stress. hey catch water quickly and can promote strength development in the shoulders and arms.

While there are endless supplies for aquatic therapy and equipment for people with disabilities, these are only a few of the most popular. Accessible means of entry and exit is always required for pools and spas that cater to the general public. While homeowners are not required to provide ADA-compliant equipment, it’s still something worth considering.

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