Are you looking to invest in a new water toy that the whole family can enjoy? A water trampoline may be just the ticket.
Just as the name suggests, a water trampoline is used in open water. Designed for outdoor use, water trampolines are constructed with heavy-duty materials, to withstand the wear and tear of water play and harsh sun exposure. Once assembled and inflated, they provide a broad, flat, jumping platform.
These trampolines come in several sizes and styles and offer a range of features.
Water Trampoline vs. Traditional Trampoline
A water trampoline shares many characteristics with a traditional trampoline, with a few very specific differences. Water trampolines are NOT designed for use on land, on a hard surface, or with a swimming pool.
Due to the absorbing qualities of water, the bounce on a water trampoline isn’t as high as that of a traditional trampoline. Some water trampolines have a frame and springs, just like traditional trampolines, while others rely on a webbing-based construction without springs.
Types of Water Trampolines
Water trampolines are broken into two major categories: trampolines and bouncers.
Water trampolines are constructed with a frame, either stainless steel or commercial-grade PVC, and springs. There are specific frames designed for use in saltwater, as opposed to fresh water. Water trampolines require frame assembly, as well as inflation and anchoring. Compared to a bouncer, they hold more weight and offer a bigger bounce. The integrated frame makes water trampolines a better choice for the rigors of commercial use.
Water bouncers do not have a frame or springs. Therefore, other than inflating and anchoring, they do not require assembly. The lack of a frame makes for a larger jumping surface, but the bounce is not as powerful as that of a water trampoline. Water bouncers are not as durable as water trampolines, making them less suitable for commercial use. Water bouncers are also less expensive and may be the perfect choice for family recreational use.
Water trampolines and water bouncers come in a variety of sizes. Typically, the larger the size, the larger the weight capacity. Due to their frame, water trampolines can hold more weight than water bouncers.
Smaller bouncers have a maximum weight capacity of 200 pounds for bouncing and 300 pounds for lounging. The largest water trampolines can accommodate up to 2,000 pounds. This weight range depends on frame materials and configurations, webbing strengths, and the size of the bouncer or trampoline.
Cost of Water Trampolines
Just as the sizes of water trampolines vary dramatically, so do the prices. Water bouncers are significantly less expensive than water trampolines and can be purchased for as little as $450. On the other hand, the largest water trampolines can cost more than $6000.
- Before using a water trampoline or bouncer, be sure to read the manufacturer’s detailed safety recommendations.
- Water trampolines must be properly and securely anchored in a safe position, at least 15 feet away from all hard objects. Most manufacturers recommend a water depth of at least eight to ten feet deep.
- Children must be supervised during use, and most manufacturers require that jumpers be at least 5 years old. All participants should also wear a life vest or PFD.
- Use all the products and accessories as intended by the manufacturer and check for any damaged, worn or missing parts before each use.
- Never swim or play underneath a water trampoline or bouncer.
Best Places to Use
The best place to use a water trampoline or bouncer is in clear, calm water with a depth of at least eight to ten feet, away from all hard objects and boat traffic.
Who Can Use
Anyone who is physically healthy enough for active water play can use a water trampoline. Some adults prefer to just lounge and leave the jumping to kids.
A water trampoline can provide a unique and creative way to enjoy healthy physical activity in the great outdoors. It offers a fun, interactive opportunity for people of all ages to play together.