Most of us are familiar with regular backyard trampolines, and many families already have one in their own home. However, you may be surprised to learn that you can purchase trampolines for use on water. Buying an inflatable water trampoline or a trampoline raft can be a great way to have even more fun in your pool. They are also a great way to encourage your kids to exercise while having a blast at the same time. So should you invest in a water tramp? Read on for our handy guide.
Water bouncer vs trampoline
If you want to purchase a water trampoline, you have 2 options: a water trampoline with springs or a water bouncer. A water trampoline with springs is not dissimilar to the type of trampoline you would find n a back yard or gym. It has an inflatable outer ring which floats on the water and the jumping mat is attached via springs. This may include a steel frame to support the springs. You can achieve a similar jump height on a water tramp to that of a regular trampoline.
A water bouncer, on the other hand, does not require springs. Instead, the jumping mat is directly attached to the outer ring. Therefore, it’s easier to let the air out of the water bouncer and take it around with you. However, a water bouncer will not give you as high a bounce as a water trampoline. While this may not be as much fun for older users, this does make them safer for younger children.
Water trampoline for pool or for lake?
You can use a water trampoline or trampoline raft most safely in a lake lake. Using it in a pool is more convenient for many families, but it can be very hazardous. You would need an enormous pool as it needs to be in at least 8ft of water and 15ft away from the edge. Therefore, the most likely scenario is that you will be using a water trampoline on a lake. If you choose to use your water trampoline on a lake, check first to make sure that it is allowed. Also, it’s extremely sensible to use a water trampoline anchor to prevent the trampoline from floating away. This could be very dangerous if there are people on it. We’ll cover water trampoline anchors in more detail later in the article.
If you choose to use your water trampoline in the ocean, it’s extremely important to anchor it very thoroughly. Strong currents could carry your water trampoline away very quickly which could pose a great danger to anyone using it at the time.
How much does a water trampoline cost?: The water trampoline price
Water trampolines are great fun, but they also come with a hefty price tag. You can expect a water trampoline with a spring construction to cost upwards of $3000. However, a water bouncer is considerably cheaper. Most models cost somewhere in the range of between $1000 and $2000.
Water trampoline attachments
If you are considering buying a water trampoline, you may also wish to invest in some attachments to make your inflatable water trampoline even more fun. Here’s a quick run-down of some of the most popular attachments for a water tramp.
Water trampoline launcher
You may have seen these attachments at professional water parks. They are a large inflatable pad that floats on the water. One user sits or lies on the trampoline launcher while another jumps on the other side, launching the person into the air to land in the water. This can be great fun for older kids and adults who are strong and confident swimmers. Bear in mind that you will need plenty of space to use this safely. Unless your pool is enormous, you will need to have access to a lake.
Water trampoline ladder
A ladder is a great attachment for your water trampoline as it allows easier access to the trampoline. This can be especially useful for helping younger kids on and off the trampoline safely. Some brands of water tramp offer ladders specially designed to fit.
Water trampoline slide attachment
These slides are usually inflatable and can be fitted to the side of your water trampoline or trampoline raft. This allows you to have fun sliding into the water from your water trampoline. Make sure that the model you’re considering will fit with your inflatable water trampoline before buying.
Inflatable water blob trampoline
Whilst the name may sound bizarre, the moniker ‘water blob’ actually suits these trampolines quite well. They are to put it simply a large inflatable plastic ‘blob’ that you can jump on in the water. They do not have a jumping mat. Instead, you jump directly on the inflated plastic surface. If you’ve ever been to a bouncy water park, chances are you’ve already used an inflatable water blob as these are very commonly used in leisure parks.
Where can I buy a water trampoline?
If you want to purchase your own water trampoline, you can purchase some brands online easily on Amazon.
Water trampoline brands and manufacturers
As you can probably imagine, manufacturing water trampolines is a pretty niche business. Therefore, there are less manufacturers offering inflatable water trampolines than there are regular trampolines that you’d find in a backyard. The most commonly available brands are Aquaglide and Rave Aqua.
How to inflate a water trampoline?
The best and quickest way to inflate a water trampoline is to use a high-speed inflator, which can be easily purchased online. Using this method, a water trampoline can be easily inflated in around 20 minutes. Using a regular air pump could take significantly longer as water trampolines require a lot of air. Therefore, purchasing the proper inflator really is worth the investment.
How to anchor a water trampoline: The water trampoline anchor
Anchoring your trampoline is extremely important for safety if you plan on using your water trampoline on open water. You’ll need to use a shock cord to withstand windy conditions and the force of people bouncing on the trampoline. Also, you’ll need an anchor weight of at least 150lbs to keep your water trampoline in one place. A concrete block is ideal for this purpose.
Can you use a water trampoline on land?
A water trampoline is specifically designed to be used on water. Therefore, you cannot use it on land. Doing so is highly likely to damage your trampoline and is unsafe.
How to make a homemade water trampoline?: The water trampoline DIY
Unfortunately, making a homemade water trampoline is extremely difficult. As safety on a water trampoline is extremely important, we highly recommend purchasing a water trampoline specially designed for the job.
How to find a leak in a water trampoline and how to patch it
Covering the inflatable section of the trampoline when it’s full of air should help you to find the leak. This is because bubbles will be created at the leak site, making it easier to see. Using a puncture repair kit, you can easily fix the leak by applying a patch a little larger than the hole to the leak site with the glue provided. Be sure to follow the instructions in your repair kit thoroughly to ensure the patch sticks properly. You should wait at least a full day before attempting to re-inflate your water trampoline.
How do I move a water trampoline?
If your trampoline is inflated and you want to move it on land, you will need several people to lift the trampoline around the edges and carry it to the edge of the water. Dragging the trampoline is not advisable as it could tear or get a puncture. Once your trampoline is deflated, it should fit easily in a truck for transportation. A water bouncer is easier to take from place to place as it doesn’t include a metal frame. Therefore, you can simply fold it up and put it in your car once you’ve let the air out. On the water, you shouldn’t tow your trampoline using a boat because this can cause damage.
How deep does the water need to be?
To safely use a water trampoline, you will need access to water that’s at least 8ft deep and 15ft away from any obstacles such as rocks.
Can Water Trampolines be used in salt water?
Most water trampolines can be used in salt water because they are specially treated to be highly durable. However, using the trampoline in salt water can cause metal components like springs to wear out more quickly. Therefore, you will probably find that they need to be replaced more often. If you decide to use your inflatable water trampoline or trampoline raft in the ocean, then it’s even more important to anchor it extremely firmly. This is because strong or unexpected water currents or vigorous winds could cause your water trampoline to drift away from the shore. Of course, this would put anyone on board in great danger.
Can water trampolines be left in the water?
Water trampolines are highly durable pieces of equipment. Therefore, you can leave your trampoline out in the water for prolonged periods of time. However, you must first make sure that the lake you are using is happy for you to do this. Also, if there are extremely strong or fast winds forecast, it’s probably a good idea to bring in your trampoline. Otherwise, it could blow away or become damaged.
Water trampoline danger and injuries
Luckily, injuries resulting from the use of water trampolines are rare. However, using the trampoline at the correct depth and distance from any obstructions is key when it comes to avoiding injuries. The trampoline should also be inspected regularly to check that it is in an acceptable and safe condition. In the rare instances where injury has resulted from using a water trampoline, it’s usually as a result of safety advice such as this not being followed. As water trampolines are designed to be used in open water, it’s also extremely important to make sure that anyone using the water trampoline is a strong and confident swimmer. Always instruct kids in how to use water trampolines safely, check the manufacturer’s guidelines to see how many people can use the equipment at once and make sure no one swims under the water trampoline.
Water trampoline tricks and games
Water trampolines are great fun and you can perform many of the same tricks on a water tramp as on a normal trampoline. These include seat drops, front drops and somersaults. With somersaults, these are only safe with just one person using the water tramp.
Hot potato is another fun game to play on a water trampoline. Players try to pass a ball around the trampoline as quickly as possible without dropping it. Follow the leader (or ‘Simon says’) is another great game, especially for younger children. This involves choosing a leader, who selects a trick or movement for the other players to perform.
The only limit to the games you can play on a water trampoline is your imagination. We bet your kids will come up with a whole host of fun ways to play games on your water trampoline!