Customised solution to swimming pool accessibiliity.
I have wanted to write this post for some time. I was just waiting October to arrive because most of Baleares establishments close their doors to reopen in the spring.
It all began when Michele (Italian name pronounced Miquele) contacted us at the end of 2014 after receiving an inspection of the health authorities, which urged him to adapt the main swimming pool to accessibility standards.
In the Balearic Islands, the accessibility standards is defined by Decree 110/2010 of 15 October, by which the regulations for improving the accessibility and removal of architectural barriers is approved. It is a decree that has its equivalents in similar standards in other regions of the Spanish state and, very remarkably, it is a requirement for the main tour. That makes an international standard to count with disable access swimming pool.
The solution we found most often is the installation of a hydraulic lift, but it turns out there are other possibilities, such as adapting a slope or acquire an amphibious vehicle. Following the request of our client, HS Consulting team began in-depth research to select a supplier to provide a device that has all the approvals, with the difficulty that there are not many suppliers to that floating device.
Finally the vehicle is acquired and is on duty during the entire 2015 season. When asked about what has been its degree of acceptance, we note that one of the advantages is that the amphibious vehicle will be available to customers under request, and can be brought in, unlike adapt a slope or a hydraulic lift involving make a more complex and permanent installation.
But the main reason for writing this ‘post’ is another advantage (for us one of the most important): The acquisition of this amphibious vehicle allows and facilitates bathing experience more pleasurable for more severe disabilities. Told by users. So, bravo Michele!
This article is therefore to report that there are other possibilities to meet the regulation. Do not try to opt for this system, only indicate that the HS consulting technical team seeks solutions that meet the legislation with all the guarantees and at the same time are consistent with the needs and possibilities of our customers. As you know, accomplish both goals it is not always easy.