Swimming is an activity with many benefits. It can be physically and mentally therapeutic and must be an activity that is accessible for everybody.
The cooling, buoyant characteristic of water permits wheelchair bound people’s ability to move in ways that could be impossible on the ground.
More public pools have made it a number one priority to install pool ramps.
Managers of Walt Disney Water Parks all over the world, for instance, have designed many pools with 0-entry pool ramps for many years.
These descend into the water like the shore would into the sea, and then deepen slowly to a standard depth.
Everybody deserves the right to enjoy a pool on hot summer days. Thanks to 0-entry pool ramps more or less everyone can.
If an existing pool cannot be reconfigured to accommodate an o-entry ramp, a conventional model wheelchair pool ramp may do the trick.
White plastic piping will be connected to construct the ramp, which will provide a gentle slope for a wheelchair to glide into the shallow end of the pool.
Public pool facilities that are equipped with these wheelchair ramps often have special aquatic wheelchairs with push rims and are usually made from similar white piping.
Do not enter a pool with your normal metal wheelchair, unless you have waterproof bearings, as it could destroy moving parts on your wheelchair and damage the materials.
Wheelchair pool ramps should follow certain guidelines to comply with local codes and standards.
The incline ratio with every ramp must be 1:12 at most.
With pool ramps, the smaller the slope, the more steady the entry will be, so it is recommended that the slope is as gentle as possible.
The surface of the wheelchair pool ramp should be slip resistant and the ramp should be installed very safely to the landings.
Level landings should be present at the bottom and top of the ramp and firm and reliable contact must be made for the attachments.
Hand rails are also obligatory. Two handrails should be installed, one on each side of the ramp, and must be between 32 and 36 inches apart.
Handrails should be sturdy, secure and should not move.