Having a hotel pool can help you attract more guests. Yet, if your pool does not comply with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requirements, it could end up costing you more than it makes you.
The rules that apply to your hotel pool will depend on several factors. These include how old it is and how large it is.
Small pools require less access than larger pools
If your pool is under 300 feet long, you must provide one means of access for guests with disabilities. If it is longer, you need two. Several things qualify as adequate access under ADA rules. If you only need one access point, it must be either a sloped entry or a pool lift. If you need a second, that could be a transfer system or wall.
The government introduced the ADA pool rules in 2010. If your pool predates that, slightly lower standards may apply. However, if you have altered your pool since 2010, you must meet the higher standards.
Finally, once you are happy your pool is compliant, make sure you mention the accessibility on your website. You could face a lawsuit if you do not provide enough information about disability access on your website, even if the facilities themselves meet all necessary ADA requirements.
While some people bring ADA filings for valid reasons, some aren’t for valid reasons. Knowing how to push back and defend your business requires in-depth knowledge of the legal system as well as ADA compliance rules. Getting appropriate help could save you time and stress as well as money.