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A Transfer System allows users to transfer from their wheelchair or mobility device to the transfer platform and continue transferring into the water, step by step, bumping their way in or out of the pool.  It consists of a platform and a series of steps that descend into the water.
Transfer System
 
 


Transfer Platform. A transfer platform must be provided with each transfer system. The platform must be a minimum of 19” deep and 24” wide. The transfer platform allows users to maneuver on and off of the system from their mobility device.


A plan view shows a transfer platform at the top of a series of transfer steps leading down into the water.  The platform at the top has a clear depth of 19 inches (485 mm) minimum and a clear width of 24 inches (610 mm) minimum. 

Figure 1009.5.1 Size of Transfer Platform


Height. The height of the transfer platform should be 16” - 19” from the deck.

Clear Deck Space.
A transfer space of 60” by 60” minimum with a slope not steeper than 1:48 should be provided at the base of the transfer platform and should be centered along a 24” minimum side of the transfer platform. The side of the transfer platform serving the transfer space should be unobstructed.


A plan view shows clear deck space 60 by 60 inches (1525 by 1525 mm) minimum at the base of the transfer platform surface that is centered along a 24 inch minimum unobstructed side of the transfer platform. 

Figure 1009.5.2 Clear Deck Space at Transfer Platform


Transfer Steps. Steps should have a maximum height of 8” – shorter heights are recommended. This decreases the distance required to lift up or move down to reach the next step.  The steps must extend into the water a minimum of 18” below the stationary water level. Each step should have a tread clear depth of 14” - 17” and have a tread clear width of 24” min.


An elevation drawing shows transfer system steps that are 8 inches (205 mm) high maximum which extend to a water depth of 18 inches (455 mm) minimum below the stationary water level. 

Figure 1009.5.4 Transfer Steps


Surface. The surface should not be sharp and should have rounded edges.
 


A plan view shows a transfer system with each step having a tread clear depth of 14 to 17 inches (355 to 430 mm) and a tread clear width of 24 inches (610 mm) minimum. 

Figure 1009.5.6 Size of Transfer Steps


Grab Bars. There should be at least one grab bar on each transfer step and the transfer platform or a continuous grab bar serving each transfer step and the transfer platform. Where a grab bar is provided on each step, the tops of gripping surfaces should be 4” - 6” above each step and transfer platform. Where a continuous grab bar is provided, the top of the gripping surface should be 4” - 6” above the step nosing and transfer platform. Grab bars should be located on at least one side of the transfer system and should not obstruct transfer.


Two elevation drawings show grab bars at transfer systems.  Figure (a) shows individual grab bars on the platform and each step with the top of the gripping surface 4 to 6 inches (100 to 150 mm) above each step and transfer platform.  Figure (b) shows a continuous grab bar with the top of the gripping surface 4 to 6 inches (100 to 150) above the step nosing and transfer platform. 

Figure 1009.5.7 Grab Bars


 
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