How the Pool Ladders Really Work

Speaking of swimming pool design, we certainly could not fail to dedicate an article to a fundamental tool for getting in and out of the tank. The swimming pool ladder is in fact a component that cannot be missing, especially for safety reasons, as it allows you to avoid dangerous maneuvers to climb out of the tank.

If the swimming pool is placed at the disposal of the whole family, it should be considered that for some swimmers (older ones, for example), ladders and steps are the only way to enter and exit the pool.

Let’s see what the main types are and how to choose the best solution for your swimming pool and your needs. For the best pool ladder this is important.

Bridge ladder for above ground pool

As the name suggests, these ladders form a bridge that allows bathers to reach the inside of the tub in complete safety: part of the ladder rests on the ground surrounding the pool while the other part is immersed in the tub. It is the most common type for above ground pools.

Resin or steel and plastic bridge ladders are available in various heights and can support weights up to 180 kilos. Some models are defined as “safety” because they give the possibility to remove the external part of the staircase, so that children cannot use it to access the swimming pool without permission.

Steps vs Pegs

The bridge ladders can be steps, rungs or a combination of the two, allowing extensive customizations according to budget and needs.

A bridge ladder with both stepped sections is the best system for an above ground pool. Because?

  • the steps are wider and more comfortable for the bare foot
  • the stepped stairs are equipped with handrails (on one or both sides), always useful for larger or older swimmers to enter and exit the pool
  • they are excellent stopping points for children
  • they bear greater weight than ladders

Normally included in the pool kit, the classic stainless steel (anti-corrosion) ladder allows you to enter and exit the pool easily, especially near the diving hole. The existing models are different, the differences mainly concern inclination and number of steps:

  • single body, with uprights and handrails with different profiles
  • divided into two separate parts, useful if your swimming pool is equipped with a sliding cover
  • straight, the classic staircase that runs parallel to the wall of the tub
  • slightly inclined, to facilitate access into the water

The internal ladders are fixed to the floor surrounding the in – ground pool and can be removed from the anchors and stored comfortably during the winter. An interesting accessory is also the brass joint which makes the ladder foldable, useful all year round, especially when keeping the pool covered.