(19)
(11)EP 2 751 358 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
20.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/21

(21)Application number: 12817109.7

(22)Date of filing:  27.07.2012
(51)Int. Cl.: 
E04H 4/14  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2012/048486
(87)International publication number:
WO 2013/016614 (31.01.2013 Gazette  2013/05)

(54)

COMBINED SWIMMING POOL LADDER STRUCTURE

KOMBINIERTE SCHWIMMBADLEITERSTRUKTUR

STRUCTURE ÉCHELLE-PISCINE COMBINÉE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 27.07.2011 US 201113192054

(43)Date of publication of application:
09.07.2014 Bulletin 2014/28

(73)Proprietor: Intex Marketing Ltd.
Road Town, Tortola VG1110 (VG)

(72)Inventors:
  • LIN, Hua Hsiang
    Xiamen 361022 (CN)
  • WHALEN, Matthew J.
    Long Beach, CA 90807 (US)

(74)Representative: Vleck, Jan Montagu 
Reddie & Grose LLP The White Chapel Building 10 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 8QS
London E1 8QS (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
DE-U1- 20 208 897
US-A- 3 428 146
US-A- 3 991 851
US-A1- 2007 193 833
US-A- 3 288 248
US-A- 3 991 851
US-A- 4 805 736
US-B2- 6 755 281
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    FIELD OF THE INVENTION



    [0001] The present invention relates to swimming pool equipment, in particular to a swimming pool ladder.

    BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0002] An above-ground pool generally requires a ladder to facilitate ingress into the pool and egress from the pool. Pool ladders may be movable from a use position to a storage position. By moving the pool ladder to the storage position, ingress into the pool may be restricted. Examples of pool ladders that can be moved to restrict ingress into a pool can be found in patents US 3,428,146, US 3,288,248, DE 20208897 and US 3,991,851. US 3,428,146 discloses an assembly including a pool and a ladder arrangement. The ladder arrangement is formed of a support member and a ladder, the ladder having upper and lower ends and a plurality of steps positioned between the upper and lower ends of the ladder. The ladder of US 3,428,146 is movable from a first in use position to a second non-use position.

    [0003] US 3,428,146 discloses a combination ladder assembly as discussed in the preamble to claim 1.

    [0004] The present invention provides a combination ladder assembly and pool as set out in claim 1. Preferred or advantageous features are set out in the dependent claims.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0005] The above-mentioned and other features of the present disclosure, and the manner of obtaining them, will become more apparent and the disclosure itself will be better understood by reference to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

    FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an above-ground pool;

    FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a pool ladder assembly, showing a ladder in a use position;

    FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an above-ground pool in combination with the ladder assembly of FIG. 2, showing the ladder in a storage position preventing ingress into the pool (shown in phantom) by restricting use of the ladder;

    FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the ladder assembly before the ladder is secured in the storage position;

    FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a container having the pool and ladder combination of FIG. 3 within an enclosed region of the container;

    FIG. 6 is a perspective view showing an upper portion of the ladder secured in the use position;

    FIG. 7 is a perspective view showing the upper portion of the ladder moved from the use position; and

    FIG. 8 is a view of a clip normally positioned in upper ends of the ladder.



    [0006] Corresponding reference characters indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views. Although the drawings represent embodiments of the present disclosure, the drawings are not necessarily to scale and certain features may be exaggerated in order to better illustrate and explain the present disclosure.

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS



    [0007] The embodiments disclosed below are not intended to be exhaustive or limit the invention to the precise forms disclosed in the following detailed description. Rather, the embodiments are chosen and described so that others skilled in the art may utilize their teachings.

    [0008] As shown in FIG. 1, the present disclosure provides an above-ground swimming pool 12 having a side wall 13. Side wall 13 of pool 12 may be inflatable, made of a plastic material, or side wall 13 may include a frame and metal side panels. When pool 12 is constructed from a metal frame, side wall 13 also may include plastic liners to retain the water within the metal frame. Pool 12 may be configured in various shapes and sizes. Illustratively, pool 12 is shown as circular, however, pool 12 may be oval, square, or rectangular shaped.

    [0009] Typically, pool 12 is substantially filled with water. Illustratively, pool 12 is 10 feet in diameter and 30 inches in height and, as such, pool 12 is able to accommodate more than one person. Additional details regarding above-ground pools may be found in U.S. Patent No. 6,408,453 to Song, et al., the disclosure of which is expressly incorporated herein.

    [0010] Referring to FIG. 3, a pool and ladder combination 10 is shown. Pool and ladder combination 10 includes pool 12 and ladder assembly 14. Ladder assembly 14 facilitates ingress into pool 12 and egress from pool 12. Illustratively, ladder assembly 14 is positioned along both an inner surface 13a and an outer surface 13b of side wall 13 of pool 12 so that ladder assembly 14 extends above side wall 13 as shown in FIG. 1. Referring back to FIG. 3, ladder assembly 14 includes a ladder 16 and a support member 30. Ladder 16 removably couples to support member 30 in multiple configurations.

    [0011] Referring now to FIG. 2, ladder 16 is shown in a use position to provide ingress into pool 12 and egress from pool 12. In the use position, ladder 16 removably couples to support member 30 along outer surface 13b of side wall 13 of pool 12 as shown in FIG. 1. Ladder 16 illustratively includes a plurality of legs 18 and a plurality of steps 20, including individual steps 20a, 20b, 20d having a top surface 26 and a bottom surface 28. Fewer or more steps may be provided, such as step 20c shown in FIG. 3. When ladder 16 is in the use position, top surface 26 of steps 20a, 20b, 20d face upwardly and bottom surface 28 of steps 20a, 20b, 20d face downwardly. Top surface 26 of steps 20a, 20b, 20d may be rough, or grooved, to provide traction when using ladder 16. Legs 18 of ladder 16 are a circle in cross-section, however, legs 18 may have other cross-sectional configurations (e.g., square, oval, hexagon). In the use position, an upper end 22 and a lower end 24 of ladder 16 are coupled to support member 30, with lower end 24 of ladder 16 being proximate the ground.

    [0012] Referring back to FIG. 3, ladder 16 is shown in a non-use, or storage, position. Upper end 22 or lower end 24 of ladder 16 is removably coupled to support member 30, such that ladder 16 is in a cantilevered position extending upwardly from support member 30. Illustratively, lower end 24 is coupled to support member 30 and, as such, when ladder 16 is in the non-use position, ingress into pool 12 is restricted.

    [0013] As is shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, support member 30 illustratively is an A-frame construction and ladder 16 is removably coupled thereto. Support member 30 includes a plurality of legs 32 and a plurality of legs 34 extending along outer surface 13b and inner surface 13a of side wall 13, respectively. While support member 30 is shown having four legs, alternative embodiments of support member 30 may include more or less than four legs. Legs 32 and legs 34 are shown as circles in cross-section, but other cross-sectional configurations (e.g., squares, ovals, hexagons) may be provided. Each of legs 34 has a lower end 44 that curves, or bends, outwardly and away from the opposing lower end 44. Conversely, a lower end 43 of each of legs 32 has a substantially straight configuration and extends substantially perpendicular to the ground. Additionally, legs 34 support a plurality of steps 38 to define a ladder 33 extending along inner surface 13a of side wall 13.

    [0014] Support member 30 further includes a platform 60 and a plurality of handles 50 extending above platform 60 to facilitate ingress into pool 12 and egress from pool 12. Platform 60 is shown as a flat surface positioned above side wall 13 of pool 12 and is capable of supporting the weight of a person standing on platform 60 for ingress into pool 12 and egress from pool 12. Platform 60 is coupled to legs 32 and legs 34 of support member 30 and extends outwardly beyond legs 32 and away from side wall 13 of pool 12. Platform 60 also may have a rough, or grooved, surface to provide traction to a person standing thereon.

    [0015] Referring to FIGS. 2 and 4, in the use position, ladder 16 removably couples to support member 30 at a coupling location to permit ingress into pool 12. The coupling location is defined by a plurality of apertures 64 located along a front surface of platform 60 of support member 30. Apertures 64 are shaped to receive upper end 22 of ladder 16; specifically, legs 18 may be received within apertures 64 when ladder 16 is in the use position.

    [0016] Referring now to FIGS. 3 and 4, ladder 16 is movable between the use position to the storage position in order to restrict ingress into pool 12. Platform 60 of support member 30 includes a plurality of apertures 62 that are shaped substantially similar to legs 18 of ladder 16. Apertures 62 are shaped to receive upper end 22 and/or lower end 24 of ladder 16 and are spaced apart from apertures 64. When ladder 16 is moved to the storage, or non-use, position, legs 18 are positioned within apertures 62 and, as such, ladder 16 is cantilevered from platform 60 of support member 30. Illustratively, lower end 24 of ladder 16 is positioned within apertures 62 of platform 60 when ladder 16 is in the storage position and upper end 22 of ladder 16 extends, unsupported, above support member 30. In this way, top surface 26 of steps 20a, 20b, 20c, 20d of ladder 16 face upwardly and bottom surface 28 of steps 20a, 20b, 20c, 20d face downwardly when ladder 16 is in the storage position.

    [0017] Although support member is shown as in an A-frame configuration, other configurations may also be provided. For example, platform 60 with apertures 62 may be a deck around all or a portion of pool 12 with or without inner ladder 33 being provided or coupled to the deck.

    [0018] Still referring to FIG. 3, support member 30 further includes a base member 40 supported by the ground and proximate outer surface 13b of side wall 13 of pool 12. Base member 40 is substantially perpendicular to legs 32 and extends between a plurality of feet 42. Each of feet 42 is shaped substantially similar to legs 18 of ladder 16. Therefore, when ladder 16 is in the use position, upper end 22 of ladder 16 is removably coupled to apertures 64 at the coupling location and lower end 24 of ladder 16 is removably coupled to base member 40. In other words, when ladder 16 is in the use position, both upper end 22 and lower end 24 of ladder 16 are supported by support member 30.

    [0019] As shown in FIGS. 6 and 7, apertures 64 are defined by recesses formed in platform 60 that are sized to receive upper ends 22 of ladder 16. Upper ends 22 can be removed and reinserted into recesses 64 during movement of ladder 16 between the use and storage positions.

    [0020] V-shaped clips 67 (shown in FIG. 8) are positioned in upper ends 22 of ladder 16 to secure upper ends 22 in recesses 64 when ladder 16 is in the use position. Clips 67 include a pair of outwardly extending projections 69 that are received in slots or holes (not shown) defined within recesses 64. After upper ends 22 of ladder 16 are positioned in recesses 64 and projections 69 are received in the slots, hinged latches 73 are swung shut to cover upper ends 22. The preferred slots have a width slightly larger than a diameter of projections 69 and a height to allow projections 69 to ride slightly up and down.

    [0021] To move ladder 16 to the storage position, latches 73 are swung to the open position shown in FIG. 7. Next, projections 69 are retracted from the holes by pressing on buttons 75 on clip 67. Upon release of buttons 75, springs 77, 79 extend projections 69 back out.

    [0022] To move ladder to the use position, latches 73 are swung to the open position if they were previously closed. Next, lower ends 24 of ladder are positioned in sockets 65 of feet 42. Next, projections 69 are retracted and upper ends 22 are positioned in recesses 64. Projections 69 may either be retracted by pressing buttons 75 or by the walls of recesses 64. Once in position, projections 69 extend back into the holes in the walls defining recesses 64. Last, latches 73 are swung to the closed position as shown in FIG. 6.

    [0023] Referring now to FIGS. 3 and 5, legs 32 and legs 34 of support member 30 may be disassembled for easy storage or packaging. Illustratively, legs 32 and legs 34 of support member 30 include portions 71 and portions 72, respectively. Portions 71 are used to form legs 32 and portions 72 are used to form legs 34, as pool and ladder combination 10 is being assembled. Similarly, legs 18 of ladder 16 include portions 70 to assemble legs 18. Portions 70, 71, and 72 allow ladder assembly 14 to be disassembled into smaller components to facilitate packaging within a container, or package, 100. Similarly, pool 12 may be deflated and folded into a compact assembly for packaging within container 100. Container 100 includes an interior region 102, in which deflated pool 12 and disassembled ladder assembly 14 are placed.

    [0024] In use, when ingress into pool 12 is desired, ladder 16 is removably coupled to support member 30 and base member 40 along outer surface 13b of side wall 13. Upper end 22 of ladder 16 is coupled to support member 30 at the coupling locations 64 and lower end 24 of ladder 16 is coupled to base member 40. As such, bottom step 20d of ladder 16 is spaced farthest from the coupling location, relative to steps 20a, 20b, 20c, when ladder 16 is in the use position.

    [0025] However, when ladder 16 is moved to the storage, or non-use, position to prevent ingress into pool 12, a force is applied to ladder 16 to remove, or detach, ladder 16 from base member 40 and apertures 64. As such, when ladder 16 is moved between the use position and the storage position, ladder 16 is no longer coupled to support member 30 and temporarily is an individual structure. To position ladder 16 in the storage position, either upper end 22 or lower end 24 of ladder 16 is positioned within apertures 62 of platform 60. Illustratively, lower end 24 is positioned within apertures 62 and supported by platform 60 and upper end 22 extends in a cantilevered positioned. As such, when ladder 16 is in the non-use position, bottom step 20d of ladder 16 is positioned nearest to the coupling location (i.e., apertures 64), relative to steps 20a, 20b, 20c. In this way, when ladder 16 is moved between the use position and the non-use position, ladder 16 moves to a position at least half the height of the water in pool 12.


    Claims

    1. A combination ladder assembly (14) and pool (12) including:

    a pool (12) having a side wall (13); and

    a ladder assembly (14) including:

    a support member (30) positioned adjacent to the side wall (13) of the pool (12),

    a ladder (16) coupled to the support member (30), the ladder (16) having an upper end, a lower end, and a plurality of steps (20) supported on the ladder (16) between the upper end and the lower end, the ladder (16) being movable from a use position permitting ingress into the pool (12) to a non-use position, and when in the non-use position, the ladder (16) extends above the support member (30),

    characterized in that

    the support member (30) includes a plurality of first apertures (64) and a plurality of second apertures (62); and when in the use position, the upper end of the ladder (16) is positioned above the lower end and received within the plurality of first apertures (64) of the support member (30), and when in the non-use position, the upper end or the lower end of the ladder (16) is received within the plurality of second apertures (62) of the support member (30), the plurality of first apertures (64) being spaced apart from the plurality of second apertures (62).


     
    2. The combination ladder assembly (14) and pool (12) of claim 1, wherein, when the pool is substantially filled with water, at least one of the upper end and the lower end of the ladder (16) is positioned at a height at least half of the height of the water in the pool (12) when the ladder (16) is in the non-use position.
     
    3. The combination ladder assembly (14) and pool (12) of claim 1, wherein the support member (30) further includes at least one base member (40) spaced apart from the first apertures (64), such that when the ladder (16) is in the use position the ladder (16) is removably coupled to the base member (40) and the base member (40) is proximate a bottom step (20d) of the plurality of steps (20) of the ladder (16), and the first apertures (64) are proximate a top step (20a) of the plurality of steps (20) of the ladder (16).
     
    4. The combination ladder assembly (14) and pool (12) of claim 1, wherein each step of the plurality of steps (20) of the ladder (16) includes a top surface (26) and a bottom surface (28), the top surface (26) of each step faces upwardly when the ladder (16) is in the use position and the non-use position.
     
    5. The combination ladder assembly (14) and pool (12) of claim 1, wherein the support member (30) further includes at least a first leg (34) and a second leg (34), a lower end of one of the first leg (34) and the second leg (34) of the support member (30) is curved, and a lower end of the other of the first leg (32) and the second leg (32) of the support member (30) is substantially straight.
     
    6. The combination ladder assembly (14) and pool (12) of claim 1, wherein, when the ladder (16) is in the non-use position, the heights of the upper and lower ends of the ladder are each greater than the height of the side wall (13) of the pool.
     
    7. The combination ladder assembly (14) and pool (12) of claim 1, wherein the support member (30) further includes a platform (60), the plurality of first apertures (64) being located along a front surface of the platform (60), and the plurality of second apertures (62) being located on upper surface of the platform (60).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Kombination aus Leiteranordnung (14) und Schwimmbecken (12) mit:

    einem Schwimmbecken (12) mit einer Seitenwand (13) und

    einer Leiteranordnung (14) mit:

    einem Stützelement (30), das neben der Seitenwand (13) des Schwimmbeckens (12) positioniert ist,

    eine mit dem Stützelement (30) gekoppelte Leiter (16), wobei die Leiter (16) ein oberes Ende, ein unteres Ende und mehrere Stufen (20), die an der Leiter (16) zwischen dem oberen Ende und dem unteren Ende gelagert sind, hat, wobei die Leiter (16) aus einer Gebrauchsstellung, die den Einstieg in das Schwimmbecken (12) zulässt, in eine Nichtgebrauchsstellung bewegbar ist und die Leiter (16), wenn in der Nichtgebrauchsstellung, sich über das Stützelement (30) hinaus erstreckt,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass

    das Stützelement (30) mehrere erste Öffnungen (64) und mehrere zweite Öffnungen (62) hat und, wenn in der Gebrauchsstellung, das obere Ende der Leiter (16) über dem unteren Ende positioniert ist und in den mehreren ersten Öffnungen (64) des Stützelements (30) aufgenommen ist und, wenn in der Nichtgebrauchsstellung, das obere Ende oder das untere Ende der Leiter (16) in den mehreren zweiten Öffnungen (62) des Stützelements (30) aufgenommen ist, wobei die mehreren ersten Öffnungen (64) von den mehreren zweiten Öffnungen (62) beabstandet sind.


     
    2. Kombination aus Leiteranordnung (14) und Schwimmbecken (12) nach Anspruch 1, wobei, wenn das Schwimmbecken im Wesentlichen mit Wasser gefüllt ist, wenigstens eines von dem oberen Ende und dem unteren Ende der Leiter (16) auf einer Höhe von wenigstens der Hälfte der Höhe des Wassers im Schwimmbecken (12) positioniert ist, wenn die Leiter (16) in der Nichtgebrauchsstellung ist.
     
    3. Kombination aus Leiteranordnung (14) und Schwimmbecken (12) nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Stützelement (30) ferner wenigstens ein Basiselement (40) hat, das von den ersten Öffnungen (64) beabstandet ist, so dass, wenn die Leiter (16) in der Gebrauchsstellung ist, die Leiter (16) entfernbar mit dem Basiselement (40) gekoppelt ist und das Basiselement (40) nahe einer untersten Stufe (20d) der mehreren Stufen (20) der Leiter (16) ist und die ersten Öffnungen (64) nahe einer obersten Stufe (20a) der mehreren Stufen (20) der Leiter (16) sind.
     
    4. Kombination aus Leiteranordnung (14) und Schwimmbecken (12) nach Anspruch 1, wobei jede Stufe der mehreren Stufen (20) der Leiter (16) eine Oberseite (26) und eine Unterseite (28) hat, wobei die Oberseite (26) jeder Stufe nach oben gekehrt ist, wenn die Leiter (16) in der Gebrauchsstellung und in der Nichtgebrauchsstellung ist.
     
    5. Kombination aus Leiteranordnung (14) und Schwimmbecken (12) nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Stützelement (30) ferner wenigstens einen ersten Holm (34) und einen zweiten Holm (34) aufweist, ein unteres Ende von einem von dem ersten Holm (34) und dem zweiten Holm (34) des Stützelements (30) gekrümmt ist und ein unteres Ende des anderen von dem ersten Holm (32) und dem zweiten Holm (32) des Stützelements (30) im Wesentlichen gerade ist.
     
    6. Kombination aus Leiteranordnung (14) und Schwimmbecken (12) nach Anspruch 1, wobei, wenn die Leiter (16) in der Nichtgebrauchsstellung ist, die Höhe des oberen und des unteren Endes der Leiter jeweils größer als die Höhe der Seitenwand (13) des Schwimmbeckens ist.
     
    7. Kombination aus Leiteranordnung (14) und Schwimmbecken (12) nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Stützelement (30) ferner eine Plattform (60) hat, wobei die mehreren ersten Öffnungen (64) sich an einer Vorderseite der Plattform (60) entlang befinden und die mehreren zweiten Öffnungen (62) sich an der Oberseite der Plattform (60) entlang befinden.
     


    Revendications

    1. Ensemble d'échelle (14) et piscine (12) combinés, comprenant :

    une piscine (12) ayant une paroi latérale (13) ; et

    un ensemble d'échelle (14) comprenant :

    un membre de support (30) positionné adjacent à la paroi latérale (13) de la piscine (12),

    une échelle (16) couplée au membre de support (30), la piscine (16) ayant une extrémité supérieure, une extrémité inférieure, et une pluralité d'échelons (20) soutenus sur l'échelle (16) entre l'extrémité supérieure et l'extrémité inférieure, l'échelle (16) étant amovible d'une position en emploi permettant l'entrée dans la piscine (12) à une position non en emploi, et lorsque dans la position non en emploi, l'échelle (16) s'étend au-dessus du membre de support (30),
    caractérisé en ce que

    le membre de support (30) comprend une pluralité de premières ouvertures (64) et une pluralité de deuxièmes ouvertures (62) ; et lorsque dans la position en emploi, l'extrémité supérieure de l'échelle (16) est positionnée au-dessus de l'extrémité inférieure et reçue dans la pluralité de premières ouvertures (64) du membre de support (30), et lorsque dans la position non en emploi, l'extrémité supérieure ou l'extrémité inférieure de l'échelle (16) est reçue dans la pluralité de deuxièmes ouvertures (62) du membre de support (30), la pluralité de premières ouvertures (64) étant espacées de la pluralité de deuxièmes ouvertures (62).


     
    2. Ensemble d'échelle (14) et piscine (12) combinés selon la revendication 1, où, lorsque la piscine est sensiblement remplie d'eau, au moins l'une d'entre l'extrémité supérieure et l'extrémité inférieure de l'échelle (16) est positionnée à une hauteur au moins à mi-hauteur de l'eau dans la piscine (12) lorsque l'échelle (16) est dans la position non en emploi.
     
    3. Ensemble d'échelle (14) et piscine (12) combinés selon la revendication 1, où le membre de support (30) comprend en outre au moins un membre de base (40) espacé des premières ouvertures (64), de telle sorte que lorsque l'échelle (16) est dans la position en emploi l'échelle (16) est couplée de manière amovible au membre de base (40) et le membre de base (40) est à proximité d'un échelon inférieur (20d) de la pluralité d'échelons (20) de l'échelle (16) et les premières ouvertures (64) sont à proximité d'un échelon supérieur (20a) de la pluralité d'échelons (20) de l'échelle (16).
     
    4. Ensemble d'échelle (14) et piscine (12) combinés selon la revendication 1, où chaque échelon de la pluralité d'échelons (20) de l'échelle (16) comprend une surface supérieure (26) et une surface inférieure (28), la surface supérieure (26) de chaque échelon fait face vers le haut lorsque l'échelle (16) est dans la position en emploi et dans la position non en emploi.
     
    5. Ensemble d'échelle (14) et piscine (12) combinés selon la revendication 1, où le membre de support (30) comprend en outre au moins un premier pied (34) et un deuxième pied (34), une extrémité inférieure de l'un du premier pied (34) et du deuxième pied (34) du membre de support (30) est courbée, et une extrémité inférieure de l'autre du premier pied (32) et du deuxième pied (32) du membre de support (30) est sensiblement droite.
     
    6. Ensemble d'échelle (14) et piscine (12) combinés selon la revendication 1, où lorsque l'échelle (16) est dans la position non en emploi, les hauteurs de l'extrémité supérieure et de l'extrémité inférieure de l'échelle sont chacune plus hautes que la hauteur de la paroi latérale (13) de la piscine.
     
    7. Ensemble d'échelle (14) et piscine (12) combinés selon la revendication 1, où le membre de support (30) comprend en outre une plate-forme (60), la pluralité de premières ouvertures (64) étant situées le long d'une surface avant de la plate-forme (60), et la pluralité de deuxièmes ouvertures (62) étant situées sur une surface supérieure de la plate-forme (60).
     




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