Staying Safe at Waterparks

Waterparks provide an exciting way to enjoy water activities. But there are precautions you should take to keep you and your family safe during a waterpark adventure.  

  • Be aware that different attractions require different levels of proficiency in swimming. Make sure you have checked all of the aspects of the activity, including the depth of the water before your child ventures into an area. 
  • Make sure you or another responsible adult supervise your child at all times. Children can get into trouble in water very quickly and must be watched constantly. 
  • If Coast Guard flotation devices are available, make sure your child wears one if they cannot swim. Many parks have them available free of charge. However, these devices should not be used to replace close adult supervision of your child. 
  • Be sure the area is well supervised by lifeguards before you enter the water. 
  • Read all posted signs. Follow the rules and directions given by lifeguards. Ask questions if you are not sure about a correct procedure. These rules are in place to protect you and your family. Follow them. 
  • Always go down waterslides face up and feet first. 
  • Be sure older children know and follow all swimming safety rules.

It is also important to remember to keep applying sunscreen (minimum 15 SPF) throughout the day. You may not see or feel the sunburn while you are in the water or if the day is cloudy, but you need to keep your skin protected. You also need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

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