Water Works for Everyone

Making Pools Accessible for EveryBODY

Course Description:

In order to ensure equitable use by all, aquatic agencies and facilities must understand, embrace and respond to inclusive guidelines and programming, align to community needs, and implement innovative ways to offer environments that serve diverse individuals. This session will explore evidence-based health benefits of water immersion, share meaningful facility design strategies, and review ADA and ABA guidelines to make your facility a place for everyBODY to enjoy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe at least two (2) ways that water promotes and benefits overall health
  • List at least two (2) differences between the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA)
  • Summarize at least three (3) characteristics of a well-designed pool facility
  • List at least two (2) resources that may help you design a successful facility