What To Know When Installing A Pool Lift

The recent update to the Ontario Building Code in January 2016 requires that all pools and spas provide important recreational and exercise opportunities for Ontarians of all ages and abilities.

What does this mean? It means barrier-free access to and around all public pools and some public spas, via ramps, transfer walls or pool lifts. With that said, it’s important to us at PPL Group to provide you with the best products to help you create a barrier free pool zone for everyone to enjoy.

The most common way people can create a safe pool zone for people with disabilities is to include a pool lift which allows individuals to enter and exit the pool safely. For those unfamiliar with a pool lift, it is a mechanical device installed into the pool, or on an area outside the pool, which allows for the transfer of an individual into and out of the pool area. Pretty neat, right?

There are many things to consider when you are installing a pool lift and we've taken the stress out of it for you by giving you a quick checklist of the top 5 things to know.

  1. Know The Weight Limit

It's very important that you know the minimum and maximum weight capacity for lifts being installed into your pool. On a general basis, the minimum is 300 pounds with a max of up to 500 pounds. Knowing the weight limit will allow you to choose the lift that is best suited to your safety needs. Be sure to give us a call or contact us on our website if you have any specific questions you would like us to address.


  1. Where To Place Your Pool Lift

Consulting with our PPL team is the best way to go about this. Each pool lift is designed in a particular way, and each pool area is pre-designed according to different factors. It's our job to know which pool lifts are good for which setting and how a pool lift can meet all your needs. Our trained staff can tell you all about various different manufacturer designs that can help you make an informed choice when choosing your pool lift. There are also anchored pool lift options available that allow you to move the lift to different areas of the pool if you choose.

  1. Know Your Pool Lift Measurements

Measurements are a must when choosing and installing a pool lift. Of course the company or professional installing your lift will know exactly what is of importance, but its important for you to know too.

The measurements that are most commonly taken are Water Depth (the depth of your pool, both shallow and deep) and Submerged Depth (the depth to which the individual will be placed when being put into the pool). These are the two most important measurements to know. As usual our trained PPL staff are here to guide you along the way.

  1. Customize Your Pool Lift

It's important that you know that pool lifts can be customized. There are various different features that can be added to your pool lift to help further ensure safety and comfort. If you have specific requests, be sure to contact our team and don't be afraid to ask. There are many different options available to suit all your needs such as remote controls and even seat belts. The options are endless.

  1. Manual & Automated Pool Lifts

Just like wheelchairs, pool lifts have manual and automated functions available at your choosing. Automated pool lifts allow the user to use the lift by themselves. With just a touch of a button, or a switch the individual can transport themselves into the water depth of the pool. It's important to note that if you choose a manual pool lift, you are choosing a lift, which relies almost 100% on manual control.


By: Daniel Pillai