You should never cut corners when it comes to usage, cleaning, and storage of the equipment in your water park. Improper handling can lead to malfunctions or damage, not to mention it might pose a major safety hazard. We have compiled a useful and detailed guide explaining exactly how you should properly handle your mobile floating water park.
Required Spot Size
You want to install your floating water park at least ten meters from the shoreline, though this number can change with the depth of the water. You are free to install a walkway of some sort, but park goers are more likely to enjoy being able to swim out there instead. At the shoreline itself, you should place the ticket booth, life jacket station, and queue to the water park. Here is where employees will give instructions to park goers and lifeguards will be stationed. The spot size outside the water park itself will ideally be ten meters wide by ten meters long.
Place of Installation
The calmer the water, the better. Use parts of the shoreline that either have barriers or are curved in a way that creates a natural barrier to open water. You should install a floating boundary like those used for swimmers, and add markers of some sort that will be noticeable to boaters. The water should be at least two meters deep; while there is no maximum length be conscientious of the fact that longer anchor ropes will be required, which can make it much harder to place the anchor weights upon setup.
Assembly and Maintenance
The initial setup will require two days as the anchors need to be placed. Once they are in place, the floating water park can be taken out of the water in only two hours’ worth of time, in the event of a strong storm. Weather reports should provide notice as to whether or not a storm will be strong enough such that the park will need to be removed from the water. Regular storms will not require the park to be removed from the water, and even if an attachment is damaged due to inclement weather the other anchors will keep it secured in place.
Maintenance costs are very low, assuming you are regularly attending to your floating water park and preventing damage. Your expenses will generally consist of gas for the water pump, anchor stakes, repair kits, new ropes, and new anchor attachments. When budgeting for these expenses you can use the wage of one of your employees to approximate the line item.
Organization of Entrance
Like restaurants, you can use timers or alarms to let people know it is their turn to enter the park. This will also make it easy to keep track of how many people are currently in the water, and that no one is cutting ahead. It also prevents people from having to stand in line all day, as you can provide designated spaces for people to wait until they can enter. These spaces can provide shade and entertainment to stave off discomfort and boredom that park goers might otherwise experience. Waiting can build excitement, but be sure to keep your attendees engaged in the meantime rather than expecting time in the water to make up for it. This can cause a negative experience that might hurt future attendance.
Set up blocks of time for each group, with a brief break in between for staff to double-check the park and water for anyone trying to stay in longer than otherwise allowed. An example of how to structure these blocks would be 50 minutes in the water per group, followed by 10 minutes for staff to run routine inspections and prepare for the next group.
Whether or not you accept cash, electronic payments or both depends on the size of the park and the number of staff you have on an average day. Providing an electronic payment would require reliable internet access, however.
Staff should consist of both lifeguards and shoreline workers, but all employees should have an up-to-date first-aid certificate regardless of position. Lifeguards should have a rotating schedule accounting for any necessary breaks in their shift and to have someone cover them should they need to step away for whatever reason. Shoreline workers will consist of ticket sellers, lifejacket station team members, and at least one person attending to the loudspeaker at all times. The lifeguards on standby can also step in to help shoreline workers as well.
There are many accessories that you will need in order to keep your floating water park fully functional and in great condition and ensure that park goers have a good time. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Service boats for supervision, a work platform, and a filling station
- Generators for service boats
- Water pump
- Boards for lifeguards to use
- Floating stretchers for injured swimmers
- Life jackets and life jacket storage
- Shaded areas such as tents
- Amenities such as picnic tables
- Ticket sales booth
- Structure to designate entry to the floating water park such as an inflatable arch
Having professionals come in for installation, maintenance, repairs, and replacement work is the best way to keep your water inflatables in great shape and your park as enjoyable as possible. Get in touch with Water Warrior Services today to learn more about how we can help.