|(a) Access. Entrances and exits, including hand and
grab rails, walkways, and docks, shall comply with applicable requirements
for access to recreation facilities and the elements for persons with
disabilities under federal, state, and local fair housing and disability
(b) Decks for lagoons. The following is required where
decks are provided for lagoons:
(1) Each deck shall be at least five feet wide.
(2) A deck shall be provided at each entry or exit
into the swimming areas.
(3) An unobstructed deck area at least four feet wide
shall be provided for access around:
(A) diving equipment;
(B) special feature stairways, such as for a waterslide;
(C) lifeguard stands;
(D) diving boards;
(E) similar deck equipment; and
(F) structural columns.
(4) In a swimming area or in a surf lagoon where perimeter
deck is non-contiguous and the clearance is not at least four feet,
locations for lifeguards to safely access the edge of the lagoon are
(5) A deck shall slope away from the lagoon so that
water drains into deck drains or to perimeter areas.
(6) A deck drain shall not drain to the lagoon, lagoon
gutter, or recirculation systems.
(7) Loose plant material or bedding shall not be permitted
within a perimeter deck.
(8) Carpet, wood, and artificial turf are prohibited
as perimeter deck materials.
(9) Concrete that is used as a deck material shall
be installed in accordance with the American Concrete Institute ACI
Standard 302.1R-15, "Guide for Concrete Floor and Slab Construction"
or in accordance with the requirements established by the licensed
engineer, and in accordance with local building codes.
(10) All decks shall have slip resistant, textured
finishes that have a minimum dynamic coefficient of friction at least
equal to the requirements of ANSI A137.1-2012 for that installation
as measured by the DCOF AcuTest or by the Australian Standard AS 4663-2013.
(11) Continuous watertight expansion joint material
shall be provided between perimeter decks and lagoon coping.
(12) Open joints or gaps larger than 3/16-inch or vertical
elevations exceeding 1/4-inch in the deck shall be corrected using
(c) Acceptable means of entry or exit. Acceptable means
of entry or exit include stairs, recessed steps, ladders, ramps, swimouts,
lifts, and beach (zero-depth) entry or exit. Access to a surf lagoon
shall be at the shallow or beach entry end with the exception of an
allowable Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) designated entry point.
(d) Number of entry or exit points. A minimum of two
entry or exit points are required in each swimming area. A single
set of entry or exit steps or a single beach entry extending a minimum
of 75% around the perimeter of the swimming area meets the minimum
entry or exit requirements.
(e) Beach entry slope. Beach entry slopes shall not
(f) Slip resistant surfaces. Steps, ladders, and recessed
treads shall have slip resistant surfaces.
(g) Steps. For a lagoon constructed on or after the
effective date of this subchapter, steps shall comply with the following:
(1) Steps shall conform with the most recent edition
of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Model Aquatic Health
Code (MAHC) in MAHC Sections 18.104.22.168, MAHC Table 22.214.171.124, MAHC Figure
126.96.36.199.1, Figure 188.8.131.52.2, and Figure 184.108.40.206.2.
(2) The bottom riser height may be allowed to taper
(3) Underwater steps shall be provided with a horizontal
solid or broken stripe at least one-inch wide on the top surface along
the front leading edge of each step. This stripe shall be plainly
visible to persons standing above the steps. The stripe shall be a
contrasting color to the background on which it is applied, and the
color shall be permanent in nature and shall be a slip resistant surface.
(h) Handrails. A lagoon shall comply with applicable
federal, state, and local requirements for access by persons with
(1) Handrails, if removable, shall be installed in
such a way that they cannot be removed without the use of tools.
(2) Handrails shall be provided for each set of stairs
provided in a lagoon constructed on or after the effective date of
this subchapter and shall be constructed of corrosion-resistant materials,
bonded in accordance with the National Electrical Code, and anchored
(3) The upper railing surface of handrails shall extend
above the deck or at the interface of the water and beach.
(4) Dimensions of handrails not for use by persons
with disabilities shall conform to requirements in the most current
edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Model Aquatic
Health Code (MAHC) in MAHC Table 220.127.116.11 and MAHC Figure 18.104.22.168.1.
(i) Floating platforms.
(1) A floating swim platform or floating dive platform
(A) be constructed of a non-slip and splinter-resistant
material that can be easily cleaned;
(B) have at least one ladder with handles and steps
that extend at least 30 inches below water level;
(C) be anchored or secured to keep it in its designated
area if a floating platform; and
(D) minimize the risk of entrapment by being constructed
(i) all braces and struts designed to prevent entrapment
of users; and either
(ii) a visible minimum 12-inch air space under maximum
(iii) a smooth solid bottom that extends at least 2
feet below the water.
(2) A floating platform with a perimeter greater than
75 feet shall have a minimum of two ladders with handles and steps
that extend at least 30 inches below the water level.
(3) A floating dive platform less than 20 inches above
the water level shall have a minimum of 9 feet of water depth for
16 feet horizontal distance beyond the diving platform.
(4) A floating dive platform greater than 20 inches
above the water level shall be designed and constructed according
to minimum dimensions specified by the FINA Facilities Rules, 2017-2021.
(j) Slides and other aquatic play features.
(1) A slide or other aquatic play feature, such as
a climbing wall, floating amusement island, or zip line, shall be
installed according to manufacturer's instructions or in accordance
with the licensed engineer's specifications.
(2) An aquatic play feature that meets the definition
of "Amusement Ride" in Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 2151 (the Amusement
Ride Safety Inspection and Insurance Act) shall comply with that chapter.
(3) A feature that meets the definition of a "slide"
in the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Standard for Swimming
Pool Slides as published in Title 16 Code of Federal Regulations,
Part 1207, shall comply with those standards.
(k) Diving platforms or boards. A diving platform or
diving board shall be designed and constructed according to standards
specified by the FINA Rules, 2017-2021.