Water Park Safety: Things You Should Know Before You Visit

  • 17 Jun - 23 Jun, 2023
  • Mag The Weekly

Water parks have it all: slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, etc. They offer the ideal approach for families to have fun, unwind, and cool off. After verifying (and checking again) your list of items to bring, you should also memorise the list of safety rules for water parks. Before visiting the water park, we've gathered some advice you'll want to know, such as what to carry for comfort and what safety measures to take.

Designate A Water Watcher

Even the greatest among us have experienced it: you glance away from the children for a brief period, and chaos breaks out. A water park may experience the same thing. No matter how shallow the water is, if there are more than one adult in your group, make sure that one of you is always within arm's reach of your child while they are swimming. Remember that children can die in as little as one inch of water, thus the most important safety precaution is monitoring.

In wave pools, additional safety measures should be taken: Due to the currents and numerous individuals floating at once, wave pools provide the greatest risk of drowning, which makes it very challenging to identify a child in peril! Between 150 and 200 rescues are performed by lifeguards at waterparks each year. Due of the crowds at the waterparks, they are using reactive guarding rather than the preventive lifeguarding that most pools employ. When attending a water park, your child should wear a life vest that has been certified by the Coast Guard if they are under 48 inches tall, cannot swim, or are weak swimmers. You can either bring your own or ask the water park in advance whether they provide them.

Always Follow the Water Park Rules

Rules in water parks are there for a purpose. Including wounds, broken bones, concussions, and spinal injuries, 4,200 people were treated at hospitals for water park-related injuries in only one year in 2015. Pay attention to the restrictions on height and weight. For instance, a tiny child may be removed from the ride. Similar to this, if someone weighs too much, they could ride too quickly or get stuck in chutes.

Skip the Water Park if You’re Sick

A not-so-fun truth is this: The average person has 0.14 gm of faeces on their bottoms, which can wash off and contaminate water (Yikes!) The likelihood of faeces getting on rides at a water park increases if your child has diarrhoea. Because of contaminants like E. coli, it's important to teach your child to never drink pool water. If they can't comply, they shouldn't be in the water. Make sure to bring clean drinking water for when your kids get thirsty.

Invest in Water Shoes

When sunscreen and water interact, pool decks and other water park surfaces can become slick. The flip-flops should be left at home to prevent slippage. The finest footwear for going through water parks is a pair of water shoes.

Designate a Meeting Spot

Make sure you choose a meeting location before entering the rides in case a member of your group gets separated. Use the buddy system and always have a park map on hand to avoid getting lost, especially when travelling with kids.

What To Bring to the Water Park

There are certain items you won't want to forget when heading to the water park. They ensure you and your kids stay safe, hydrated, and ready for fun. Some of these things included waterproof sunscreen, snack and water.