Water Park SafetySafety Tips for Water Parks

Did You Know?

First “official” water park created: Wet ’N Wild, Orlando, Fla., 1977, by George Millay

First U.S. indoor water park: Polynesian Resort Hotel & Suites, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., 1989

First U.S. wave pool: Point Mallard Park, Decatur, Ala., 1970

These are basic water park safety tips to make your experience near the water safer.

  • Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim.
  • Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone. The American Red Cross has swimming courses for people of any age and swimming ability.
  • Be sure the area is well supervised by lifeguards before you or others in your group 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.
  • When you go from one attraction to another, note that the water depth may be different and that the attraction should be used in a different way.
  • Before you start down a water slide, get in the correct position—face up and feet first.
  • Some facilities provide life jackets at no charge. If you cannot swim, wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Check others in your group as well.
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