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just isn’t room to be able to get a pool lift
or hoist in place. They are very limited in
what they can offer. Newer leisure centres
are better designed for these facilities.”
Suntrap is now finding that lifts such as
the battery powered ‘Aqua’ Portable Pro
which is fully automatic and is operated by
waterproof remote control is increasingly
the popular option.
An increasing number of leisure centre
pools are now however more committed in
providing pool lifts.
Virgin Active Health Clubs carried out a
recent survey and found they were being
asked by more and more customers to
supply them.
BELOW: Two products from Certikin – the Portable Aquatic Lift (PAL)
Said a spokesman: “We are keen to use
and the Semi Portable Aquatic Lift (SPLASH)
them. They offer a service – not just for BELOW RIGHT: The Pool Hoist IGAT 1680 from Aquatic Access – powered with flowing water
disabled but less mobile customers that use
our pools centres. The lifts need to be
removable when not in use and fitted easily
without disruption to the existing area.
“Where we have installed lifts the
response has been excellent. Customers
who are not totally disabled but find it
difficult to use the steps into the pool now
make a point of asking for the lift. It isn’t
an embarrassment or a problem.”
Phil Young specialises in helping local
authorities interpret and put the DDA into
operation. He believes the commitment to
providing the right sort of practical facilities
still has a long way to go. “Disabled people
are acknowledged to be more loyal
customers than non-disabled people and
they are also often accompanied by others,
leading to a further increase in income and
in secondary spend.
“It can take a lot of staff time and effort
to get access for a disabled or partly
disabled person into the pool without a lift.
Local authorities are very concerned this is
a service they have to offer. I appreciate as
we all do that money is tight but the cost
of installing a pool lift is somewhere in the
region of £2,000 for a manual system and
£5,000 for a fully automated pool lift.” spn
AQUATIC ACCESS STAYS WITH temporary storage units for electrical that the back of the seat is toward the
WATER TO POWER LIFTS power. As such, they can ‘go dead’, and pool wall in the lowered position instead
Aquatic Access offers the industry a when one is dealing with individuals who of its side as is customary with the Pool
‘green’ theme by powering its hoists rely on them to get into, and, more Hoist IGAT-180.
with flowing water. In spite of the importantly, out of the water, then that Aquatic Access manufactures a full line
groundswell of interest in using danger is significant. of pool hoists, featuring a variety of
electricity for pool access either with Aquatic Access has kept costs low for its mounting techniques and stabilising
household current or batteries, Aquatic customers, and water power remains the features to provide access of even the
Access continues to use waterpower. least costly option to power a hoist. most unusual pool situation.
The engineering team believes there The Aquatic Access Pool Hoist Model There is never any ‘Erector Set’
is no increase in speed or power with IGAT-180/135 features an automatic seat construction at poolside required for any
electricity, and the hazards outnumber rotation of 135°. This rotation brings the Aquatic Access products. And, there are
the advantage of portability. Of seat to rest at the surface of the bench in no add-on items needed for installation
course, there is the obvious danger of a spa, thus enabling the user of the hoist since Aquatic Access includes all
electricity generated by household to simply move onto the spa’s built -in components for installation in the base
current. Basic electrical knowledge bench, or simply remain seated on the price of each unit.
warns about the hazards of such hoist. A special rubber pad beneath the
electricity in or near water. seat protects the fibreglass seat of the
Batteries have alleviated that danger, spa from any impact. The same hoist is
but provide dangers as serious, but functional in a regular pool environment
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more subtle to see. Batteries are as well, with the sole difference being
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