It’s quite likely that you’ve been to a water park in your lifetime and ridden down a water slide. Take a quick moment and try to visualize the moment you step out of line and onto the slide, preparing yourself to go down. Now, think about the emotions you feel when you do this. You likely feel excited and happy, because who doesn’t love a good water slide? Now, think about how you would feel if you thought that that water slide was going to break or have a problem as you went down. Not so excited, huh?
We all assume that the water park has taken care of their water slides properly when we step out of line and onto the slide. We assume that the slide is in good shape and that we’re going to arrive safely at the bottom. It’s the responsibility of water parks everywhere to take care of their slides so that they’re safe for people to ride down. They should be checking on their slides periodically throughout the day and each day before the park opens to ensure that they’re functioning as they should. They should be training their employees on how to identify an issue when it arises so that they’re able to shut down the ride until a technician can come and check on the slide. And they should be subjecting themselves to period safety checks, where independent contractors come in to assess whether or not all of the rides are completely safe for people to ride. This is the process by which water parks should be preparing and maintaining their rides so that people can feel excited and happy when they climb onto them instead of scared and nervous.
There are all sorts of ways for water parks to maintain their rides, but one of the easiest is to perform a gel coat repair on a consistent basis. A gel coat repair is a simple procedure by which a hired water park contractor applies a gel-like substance to all of the slides. The point of this substance is to fill in any cracks or uneven surfaces along the slide so that the water and the person riding down the slide can go down smoothly. All it takes is one crack and a piece of sharp plastic pointing up for a person to cut themselves pretty badly. The added bonus of applying this type of repair to your water slides on a regular basis is that it keeps them from breaking down. It’s essentially a protective layer that goes over the slide to not only repair damage but also prevent it.
Water park contractors like SlideRite recognize the important role that gel coat repairs have to play in water park safety. That’s why it’s one of the many services that their company offers to water park managers and owners across the country. To learn more about get coat repairs or to schedule a time for SlideRite to come and inspect all of your rides, visit their website at www.slideriteusa.com.