A day at the lake with friends and family is a great way to spend the last weekends of summer, but a day at the lake with a water trampoline can transform any weekend plans into a weekend adventure. Before you hit the water, make sure you take some time to find the perfect water trampoline for your next party, get-together, or just for some family fun.
Water Trampoline vs. Water Bouncer
Before we get into the details of what makes a great water trampoline, we need to clarify a common misconception among people who are looking for water toys: there are actually two different bouncy toys for the water—a water bouncer and a water trampoline. It might sound like a difference in semantics, but actually there are some pretty significant differences between the two.
A water trampoline, like a regular trampoline on dry land, is designed with a jump surface supported by steel framing and springs. A water bouncer, on the other hand, is simply an interlocking webbing of mesh connected to the flotation portion of the apparatus. Both float on top of the water, but the water trampoline is designed with reinforced PVC materials and can support much heavier loads than a water bouncer. That means you’ll get a higher bounce (rather than hitting the water and negating all the bounce momentum you have), and you will also have a water toy that lasts a lot longer and is much more durable.
Choosing the Right Water Trampoline
Before you buy a trampoline, think about how many people might be using it at any given time, and how often you might plan to use it. This will help you determine the size and weight limits that you want for the apparatus, and whether you need something that is easy to inflate and deflate (for occasional weekend trips to the lake) or something that is more or less permanently anchored (for families that basically live on or near a body of water during the summer).
Other Things You Should Know
A water trampoline does require a little more setup time than other bouncy water toys, simply because you will need to assemble the steel frame around the jump surface. It takes only about 30 minutes or so, but the benefits you get from a water toy that goes to the next level in quality and durability are well worth the time commitment. After that’s assembled, all that is left to do is inflate the tube and anchor the trampoline and you’re ready for hours of fun on the water.
Inflating your trampoline is simple, all you need is a shop vac or a strong power inflator. You might also be able to get compressed air at a marina, but this requires that you deflate it with a power unit, which is more difficult.
Once summer weather is over, you’ll need to deflate it and wipe it down (with soapy water if it’s really dirty). Allow it to dry completely and store it in a dry storage bin or wrapped in a plastic tarp to protect against damage from the elements.