Water Trampoline Safety
A water trampoline, like other water recreation attractions, can add increased fun, excitement, and desirability to your Y’s aquatic program. Its inherent risk also increases the potential for injury to participants. To provide the highest level of safety, adhere to the following water trampoline guidelines.
Set-up and Preparation
- Read and follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully before using your water trampoline.
- Check the trampoline regularly for wear and tear, including any exposed metal on the frame or springs. Do not use the trampoline until all damage is repaired.
- Always inspect the area around and under the water trampoline before each use to ensure the water is at least ten feet deep and free of all rocks, logs, sandbars, and underwater obstructions for at least 30 feet in all directions.
- Never use the water trampoline in rough water conditions, during a storm, or when there is lightning. If an unexpected storm arises while using the water trampoline, seek shelter on shore. Do not stay on the water trampoline.
- Always be sure the water trampoline is securely anchored before it is used.
- Establish minimum size and/or age requirements
- Require the use of an approved personal flotation device for children under a specified age
- Prohibit swimming or playing underneath the water trampoline at any time.
- Allow only one jumper at any one time.
- Require all entry into the water from the water trampoline to be FEET FIRST.
Operation and Use
- Prohibit diving from the trampoline.
- Do not permit summersaults. Improper landing can result in spinal cord injuries.
In addition to the above, supervision and control should follow the guidelines of any water recreation attraction.
- There must be a sufficient number of on-duty lifeguards to safely supervise all of the activity in the swimming area
- i.e., to maintain manageable zone sizes, to maintain an appropriate swimmer-to-lifeguard ratio, etc.
- Safely control the attraction itself,
- i.e., at least one guard must be responsible for controlling the flow of users onto the device and at least one other guard must be responsible for clearing the water upon exit
- Rules and procedures must be posted, explained to the users, and enforced by the lifeguards.
- Lifeguards must be trained to react to emergencies specific to the device and its surrounding area.
- The attraction must be clearly marked as “closed” and entry physically restricted when not in use.
Please call us at 800-463-8546 to discuss this or any other risk management safety tip, or visit our web site at www.redwoodsgroup.com to learn more about YMCA risk management issues.