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January 31 Deadline for ADA Compliance

The deadline for compliance with new federal rules relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is just a few months away. The requirements relate to readily achievable barrier removal for pools, wading pools, and spas (e.g., installing a pool lift).

Visit for information on the new standards and compliance requirements for health clubs.


Answers on ADA Requirements for Pools and Spas

The Justice Department gives answers on ADA Requirements for pools and Spas. The Department of Justice made a final ruling on the compliance deadline for pool and spa operators last week, and with it released a Q&A on accessibility requirements for pools and spas.

The Q&A gives operators seeking to comply with the standards guidance on requirements for existing pools and spas, multiple pools or spas, enforcement protocol and more.

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ADA Pool Standards Compliance Deadline Extended 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) made a final ruling to extend the deadline for pool operators to be in compliance with the revised 2010 ADA Standards for pool lifts to January 31, 2013. Last month, IHRSA and other organizations submitted comments to the DOJ to request the extension. 

The final rule does not affect the March 15, 2012 effective date for newly constructed or altered pools. Read the official announcement.

Between now and January 31, 2013, you can find all the latest ADA-related news at Our government relations department is also available to answer any questions.  The Government Relations team may be reached at or 800-228-4772.


IHRSA Petitions for ADA Compliance Extension

IHRSA has asked that the deadline be extended to at least September 17th of this year, so that clubs can properly evaluate and comply with the new standards. “Despite the Department’s best efforts to clarify the new requirements, reasonable and well-intentioned owners and operators remain highly uncertain of their obligations,” said IHRSA President and CEO, Joe Moore. “The extension will give operators the time they need to properly comply with the ADA standards.”

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60-Day Extension for ADA Pool Lift Compliance

The White House has issued a 60-day extension to implement the revised ADA Standards for pool lifts. This new deadline comes in response to industry concerns over what many say is insufficient compliance time for pool lifts. The new compliance deadline is May 15, 2012, however, this too may change. It is important to note that the March 15th date remains in effect for all other provisions of the revised ADA Standards.

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