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Exiting a pool - using a Skamper-Ramp

The Super Skamper-Ramp could be the answer to many of the problems faced by pool owners.

A large number of pets, particularly dogs, enjoy swimming but even the youngest, strongest swimmers can panic if they can't find their way out - they get fatigued or distressed. They will instinctively head for the closest edge of the pool and start clawing their way around the edge, looking for the exit they remember is there, somewhere. For owners of vinyl-lined pools this is an extremely expensive problem, as the entire liner may have to be replaced or at least repaired if it is ripped or torn.

The Super Skamper-Ramp, with its smooth construction, is designed to keep an animal's claws from slashing the plastic walls of vinyl liner pools as they attempt escape. Each corner radius is designed to protect - not puncture - the vinyl liner.

While we haven't had anyone report a problem we do understand and respect the fear of replacing a liner. In order to minimize rub, if you have it or can get it, we suggest doubling the vinyl wall layer in the area where the ramp will be installed.

Spike - on his Skamper-Ramp!

In winter, if pools are left slightly drained for winter, hanging a Super Skamper-Ramp down into the pool makes an easy escape ramp for any animal that may get caught during the off-season. For old fashioned covers that are not permeable, leaving a Super Skamper-Ramp tied to the cover anchor along the middle of the narrow side, reaching as far to the center as possible, helps a dog or animal that may go onto the sagging cover, have a way to get out.

Regardless of whether an animal has jumped or been chased in the water, how they get out can be a major issue. Many pet owners believe they can train their dogs to use the steps. But even this technique isn't fool-proof, primarily because the dog can't see the steps - they are under the water! In reality, the pet has a landmark-such as a plant, fence or tree-but at night or if in distress - that 'learning' is quickly replaced by panic.

If desired, simply 'flip it out' when the pool is in use, and flip it in to safeguard your pet when you leave the pool area.

Of particular interest to pool owners may be the Super Skamper-Ramp's little brother - the Standard Skamper-Ramp.

SK4 - the Standard Skamper-Ramp!

At little more than half the length of the Super Skamper-Ramp, the Standard Skamper-Ramp is too short for most boat-based applications. However, for pools where the water level is relatively close to the lip of the pool the Standard Skamper-Ramp offers a simple, and extremely cost-effective, solution.

Last updated: 2 May 2013

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