If you have a swimming pool in your backyard or are toying with the idea of installing one, you want to make it convenient and enjoyable. An accessible pool enables guests and family members with mobility challenges to join in the fun. Swimming pools not only provide relief on a hot and sunny day but also are an excellent avenue for physical therapy. They can decrease pain sensitivity, increase circulation, and elevate the spirit.
Below are several pieces of equipment that help make your pool accessible and safe.

Pool Lift

A pool lift is similar to an elevator. It transfers people with mobility issues in-and-out of your pool. Choose from several designs; you can either have your pool lift fitted with a seat or a canvas sling, or even go for a platform to hold a wheelchair. Pool lifts come with various weight capacities. You can also choose among manual, battery-powered and motorized versions. Note that all pool lifts work for in-ground pools, but some can work with above-ground pools as well.

Aquatic Wheelchairs

An aquatic wheelchair is used in mobility-accessible pools, including saltwater pools. It is typically made using rust-free, stainless steel or PVC with mildew-resistant seats. What’s more, aquatic wheelchairs do not contain the electrical components found in conventional wheelchairs (this makes them less vulnerable to damage from the water chemicals).

Most manufacturers recommend you rinse these wheelchairs using a garden hose after use. Doing so helps remove chemicals or saltwater.

Slope Entrance

When designing your pool, consider adding a sloped entranceway of either type: ramp or zero-entry. The ramp method is where the entrance slopes down gently from the pool edge into the water. There are no steps or ladders involved. This type of entrance enables easy access to pool users, irrespective of age or condition. Experts recommend that entrances be enhanced with non-slip materials and handrails. Lastly, the ramp should be wide enough for an aquatic wheelchair or other mobility devices.

These ramps may the space in the shallow end, and can be costly if adding after your pool has been built.

In the zero-entry design, a built-in slope takes you more gradually into the water. It is alternatively known as the beach entry and is often seen in commercial pools. Be it an aquatic wheelchair, a walker, a cane or any other support mechanism this one is convenient in all cases. Note that this method takes up more space in your pool.


These are added on! Handrails offer additional support to those able to walk into or near the pool. Secure rails should be considered along the pool edge in the shallow end.

Accessible pool ramp

Make your swimming pools accessible!

Chat with the team at Deckside Pool & Spa when considering adding accessibility equipment to your pool. We can also help with new pool design, installation, regular maintenance, pool retrofits, and pool and spa chemicals.