How do I choose a pool lift?

Whether you’re a professional in charge of designing, building or operating an ERP (Etablissement Recevant du Public), or a private individual, this advice sheet has been written to help you choose the pool lifts for people with reduced mobility (PRM) and people with disabilities (PWD) on the market.

The different designations

A swimming pool lift has several common names: pool seat, pool lift, pool seat lift, pool lift, pool lift, pool lift, PRM launching system, PRM launching bracket, launching chair, pool lifting bracket, launching seat, pool lift for PRM and PH, etc.

The different functions when choosing a pool lift

– Transferring a PH or PRM from their wheelchair into the water of a swimming pool, spa or boat

– Transferring it into the water from a craft (boat, diving, open water swimming),

– and transfer her from the water back to her wheelchair or boat.

Independent or assisted operation

– All manual launching jibs require an assistant to rotate and lower/raise the seat.

– There are several models of pool lifts (battery-powered or hydraulic) that can be operated completely independently.

In-ground or above-ground pool

– Most 100% mobile pool lifts are reserved for in-ground pools (except for the ELE-C-P pool and spa lift, which can be used for an above-ground spa),

– There are models for above-ground pools up to 1.5 m,

– Where there are large vertical or horizontal amplitudes to be ensured (above-ground spa on a platform, high or low boarding pontoon on the water, wide overflow gutters, low perimeter walls, etc.), only manual winch jib cranes will generally be suitable (or may be suitable with modifications to dimensions).

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The different energy sources used

Battery: the pool lift is motorised. It is supplied with low-voltage direct current (24 V) by a removable battery that can be recharged in a sheltered area.

Hydraulic: the pool lift is connected to the domestic water supply (using a simple garden hose), the pressure of which raises the seat.

Manual: the jib lift has a mobile jib that is raised by a jack operated by a pumping lever, or the jib pool lift has a fixed jib supporting a cable that is operated by a winch crank.

Different ways of fixing to the ground

No fixings: these pool lifts are 100% mobile, so you can move them around on their castors.. They are all designed to be anti-tilt.

In a base to be embedded in the ground: the pool lift is delivered with a base to be embedded in the pool deck, spa deck or boarding platform, in which the foot of the lift mast is positioned. The base can be removed without tools to move the lift to another base (2° basin) or to store it. A cover will close the hole in the base to leave a flat surface.

Screw-on base plate: the base plate is fixed to the floor with 4 screws. It can only be dismantled after the 4 screws have been removed.

Lifting capacity

– They range from 110 kg to 200 kg, depending on the model of pool lift.

The different types of pool lifts

– Most pool lifts have built-in seats: ABS shell, standard or optional equipment: fold-up armrests, footrest, safety belt, safety harness, headrest.

Launching jibs generally offer several types of seat as an option: hammock seat, ABS hull seat, seat with footrest, hand frame, all of which can be attached to the end of the jib.