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WATER WELLNESS: ACCESSIBILITY


compatibility, these chair lifts have the following specification:


The frame is made mainly in AISI-316 stainless steel with a central hydraulic mechanism and seat. It also incorporates a ladder for the assistant. For correct hydraulic operation a minimum 3.5 kg/cm2 supply pressure is required.


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Careful consideration should be given to ensure that all chair lifts comply with the relevant BS EN regulations and that the steel components of the hydraulic chair are manufactured in AISI-316 stainless steel.


TWO PALS ARE BETTER THAN ONE! When it comes to providing access to all areas, there is none better than the PAL (the Portable Aquatic Lift) supplied by Certikin, now there is an exciting new addition to the range. The PAL2 includes all the great benefits and features of the original PAL with a modernised look, and comes with the additional benefit of the controls sited on the mast. Like the PAL, the PAL2 is completely portable. It provides 300lb (136kg) lifting capacity together with a 240 degree turning radius for safe transfers away from the pool edge. Easy to use – just roll the PAL2 to the edge of the pool, lock the wheels, set the stabilisers and it’s ready for use. Both the PAL and PAL2 can be operated by either the attendant or the user on his or her own. Both are virtually maintenance free, made from corrosion resistant materials and coatings. Accessories for the PAL2 include a stability vest, spine board attachment, seat pads and outdoor cover.


The PAL2 from Certikin includes all the great benefits and features of the original PAL but with a modernised look and controls sited on the mast


POOLPOD – PROBLEM SOLVED! While swimming provides a gateway to greater exercise and health, for some people getting into the water has always been a problem. Released in 2013, the launch of Poolpod has set the new standard for swimming pool access, providing the first truly independent and dignified pool access system. Poolpod is a semi-portable platform lift that can be installed into most new build pools and also retrofitted into existing pools. Poolpod can be used whilst standing, or alternatively people can make use of the custom designed wheelchair to aid their pool entry and exit. With a maximum working


load as much as 250kg (39 stone) it can comfortably lower two standing adults into the pool in one lift. The clever design allows Poolpod to be compact and clear of the poolside when not in use. The Poolpod’s wheelchair allows users to transfer in the comfort and privacy of the changing facility rather than by the poolside and, by utilising the proximity wristbands, the user can independently operate the Poolpod, without requiring physical assistance from anyone.


Poolpod will become a facility of the London Aquatic Centre, due to open its doors to the public in early 2014. Poolpods


CASE STUDY ACCESSIBLE SWIMMING IN OXFORDSHIRE


Disabled adults and children in the Oxfor dshire town of Wantage are enjoying the benefits of swimming thanks to a Handi- Move pool lift that has recently been installed by leading pool lift supplier Dolphin Mobility.


The Wantage Leisure Centre had previously used a hydraulic lift which staff had to pump and was described by one user as ‘uncomfortable and nerve-racking’! Andrew Pye, Duty Manager explained: “Whilst the old lift served a purpose, the


new Handi-Move pool lift is fantastic. We have received extremely positive feedback from both staff and users, who have commented on the ease with which the pool lift can be operated and how comfortable and safe it feels when being hoisted in and out of the water.”


The Handi-Move pool lift can be disconnected from its ground socket at the touch of a button and easily folded by one person, allowing it to be stored away when not in use. This eliminates both the risk of damage and the lift being an obstacle to other pool users. Additional features include a hard wearing, lightweight steel frame, emergency stop button and rechargeable battery operated controls.


Lifting the user into the water requires just four simple steps.


Andrew continued: “I believe that swimming is a life skill that should be available to everyone regardless of their disability and the Handi-Move pool lift has ensured that in Wantage we can now offer a swimming experience to all.”


82 February 2014 SPN www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk


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