Make a Splash with Water Trampolines

Editor's Note: We wrote this article for the July issue of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt, and the good people at that magazine have granted us permission to repost it. Many thanks! What's more fun than a trampoline in the backyard? How about a trampoline in the water? If you've visited Destin, Florida, you've probably seen the Crab Island Water Park on Destin's famous sand bar and party spot. Fun for kids of all ages, it's made up of inflatable slides, balance beams, and trampolines. [caption id="attachment_171" align="aligncenter" width="315"]Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Photo: Destin Vacation Boat Rentals[/caption] Like a swim raft, a water trampoline must be anchored in water of a safe depth. The manufacturer Rave Sports recommends smaller trampolines for shallow water. Larger trampolines provide a bigger bounce and, consequently, a deeper plunge into the water, so anchoring a big trampoline in deep water is important to keep jumpers safe. Unanchored, a water trampoline makes a free-floating raft with space for several friends to lounge. Water too cold? The more ruggedly built inflatable trampolines, like the Rave Sports Bongo line, can be set up on land, too. Check with the manufacturer to make sure your bouncer can be used this way without damage; one sharp stick or jagged shell is all it takes to pop an inflatable. As seen at Crab Island, slides and logs can be attached to trampolines to create a mini water park in your favorite swimming hole. Great Lakes Skipper carries complete packages from Rave Sports with trampoline, slide, and balance log, plus ladder and pump. Inflate, assemble, add your own anchor, and watch your beach become the most popular around. An exciting addition to any trampoline setup is the launch, a squishy inflated bag that swimmers can use to catapult each other into the water. Rave Sports includes a launch with its Aqua Jump 150 set, found on our website. [caption id="attachment_172" align="aligncenter" width="321"]pic1 Rave Sports Aqua Jump Eclipse 150 with log & launch[/caption] The best fun is safe fun. Supervise the kids and make sure everyone playing on the trampoline is wearing a life vest. Don't dive into shallow water, or water of unknown depth. Whether your swimming spot is a beach resort, a summer camp, or a single dock, a water trampoline can enhance the enjoyment of you and your guests. Here's to buoyant, bouncy fun!