AQUA's Look At The Latest In Access Equipment

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With new rules coming into effect from the Americans with Disabilities Act, access equipment will become a much more common sight alongside America's pools. Here are some excellent offerings from leading manufacturers.

Aqua Creek ProductsAqua Creek 687-3552

Aqua Creek announces its newest ADA-compliant lift. The Scout Lift joins Aqua Creek's line of independently verified ADA-compliant lifts. Specifically designed to be used in retrofit applications, the Scout Lift utilizes almost any existing 1.9- to 2 3/8-inch-by-6-inch-deep socket-style anchor. Features include a 350-pound weight capacity, stainless-steel construction, battery-powered rotation, limited lifetime structural and prorated electronic warranty.

Aquatic AccessAquatic 325-5438

Aquatic Access manufactures water-powered lifts that provide easy access to aquatic activities for disabled people. Many models meet the new ADA requirements. All Aquatic Access lifts include all components needed for installation in the base price. Aquatic Access lifts are operated by the environmentally friendly and renewable power of flowing water, and are the safest and most reliable lifts on the market, the company says.

Confer PlasticsConfer 635-3213

Roll-Guard A-Frame ladder fits 48-inch to 54-inch-tall pools, and the aesthetically pleasing design and color complements today's pool walls, Confer Plastics says. The Roll-Guard feature restricts access and is lockable. Also available for the ladder is the Roll-Guard Gate for municipalities that require a self-closing gate and a kit to convert the ladder to a deck ladder. 632-1407

Dolphin WaterSlides says it offers the finest in high-quality, resort-style water slides for your personal backyard oasis, or the one you are planning for your clients. The slides are 100 percent commercial-grade quality, 100 percent style and elegance and custom tailored to fit your unique style, the company says. 737-5386

The new i-Lift pool lift is the most cost-effective solution to bring commercial pools and spas into ADA compliance, Inter-Fab says. The i-Lift has standard wireless controls for ease of operation, a 350-pound weight limit, and it rotates 360 degrees in both directions for transfer ease. The unit is battery operated and provides up to 90 lifts at maximum capacity on a single charge.

Leisure ConceptsLeisure 469-2428

SwimSpa Steps from Leisure Concepts provide safe and attractive entry for your customer's swim spa.  These new steps are strong, reliable and attractive and will fit any size swim spa.  Made of high-quality aluminum and injection-molded plastic, these steps are designed for front or side entry.  They come disassembled for easy shipping and are available in 10 colors and three sizes.  Assembly time is 20 minutes or less, Leisure Concepts says.

LifeGuard LiftLifeGuard 688-3958

LifeGuard Power Lift is an ADA-compliant, battery-powered pool and spa lift. It comes as a value package that includes anchor, extra battery, dual controls, locking control box, handicap pool lift sign, battery charger with automatic shutoff protection, 350-pound weight capacity and 360-degree rotation. The lift ships UPS.

Merlin IndustriesMerlin 807-1000

The Aqua Staircase provides a simple, sturdy and attractive entry option for all sizes of aboveground pools. Rotationally molded by Merlin Industries, the Aqua Staircase is available in two sizes and three resin colors.  The Aqua Staircase features a matching resin deck mount, a white PVC handrail and custom Merlin SmartMesh safety cover material ballast bags with hook-and-loop closures and handles. It is also available with an optional outside flip-up ladder for pools without decks, and can support over 700 pounds.

Safety TurtleSafety 368-8121

The lightweight Safety Turtle visor model VSOS-101 triggers an alarm a few seconds after a swimmer's head submerges, notifying attendants that assistance is urgently required. Model VSOS-101 uses the new Safety Turtle SOS water sensor that is immune to splashing. Alarming occurs at Safety Turtle Base Stations within 200 feet. The unit is designed for adults with special needs and senior citizens doing aquatic physiotherapy at home or at the clinic. 890-0215

Summit Slide's super commercial Aqua Deluxe offers an exhilarating ride within a 5-by-10-foot space. The slide is sturdy enough for adults, exciting for teens and safe enough for children. With its fully enclosed safety deck, high slotted side rails and sit-down assist bar, the Aqua Deluxe is the perfect choice, the company says. The Aqua Deluxe is available in four sizes, including the 720 (shown).

Waterway PlasticsWaterway 772-5387

Waterway spa steps are available in multiple colors, such as Redwood Bark, Cinnamon, Graphite, Coastal Gray and Charcoal. These 33-inch non-slip treads are made of durable UV-protected polypropylene and have an 800-pound weight capacity. The parts are packaged for retail sale and are easy to snap together for quick assembly. No tools required. As with all Waterway products, these spa steps are designed, engineered, and manufactured in the United States.

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