What The Heck Are Water Trampolines?

As the summer dawns on many parts of the world, millions are looking for ways to amuse themselves while still staying cool and comfortable. Modern medical technology has made water sports far more enticing to the average person, as have improvements in water safety. There are many things one can do in all kinds of waters, ranging from simple relaxing in a creek to dedicated competition swimming. Some activities are of course more whimsical or exciting that others, be they jumping off a high dive or pretending to be a sea monster with friends. With the summer sun battering the human body, all of these activities can seem far more attractive.

One activity of note in outdoor waters is the recreational use of water trampolines. But what are they? These devices are fairly uncomplicated, at least in principle, but quite a number of more complex elements have since emerged around them. A basic water jumper begins with a steel frame, usually circular in shape, though nearly any other shape is possible. This frame is almost always stainless steel, as the water trampoline absolutely must be able to handle long term, near constant exposure to natural water, be it seawater or lake water, neither of which are particularly gentle on metals. Inside the steel frame is a simple model built to last, again with materials capable of handling near constant exposure to natural water over a long period of time.

The trampoline is generally sealed and padded to prevent injuries on it. From there, the steel frame, with the jumping pad in the center, is surrounded by a larger raft like structure made of waterproof, air tight materials. While many of these could be said to made of “rubber rafts” more often these rafting elements are made of PVC and other materials just as waterproof and air tight, but far more capable of taking abuse from years of being used in less than cooperative waters.

summer campsFinally, the largest water models include a small ladder of sorts to enable smaller users to climb onto the jumping surface with greater ease than they would be trying to get on it unassisted. These devices are a long time staple of summer camps in the industrialized world and are growing in popularity.

Usually, a sort of floating playground equipment intended for children of all ages, there is nothing stopping adults from playing on them as well beyond maybe health issues. Those with a great deal of energy can jump on the floating trampoline as long as they want before launching themselves upwards and off to the side, into the water for a spectacular splash. While it sounds uncomplicated, it can still provide hours of amusement for those willing to give it a try. Though uncommon outside of summer camps, these devices are for sale to private individuals as well, who can take them to any number of outdoor water areas.

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