Posted Wednesday, July 28, 2010 12:07 PM | Contributed by Jeff
A TV investigator says the Waterworld water park, owned by PARC Management, has had several accidents in the last few years, and that it knew there was a problem on the Typhoon slide when they switched to larger rafts.
Read more and see video from KPIX/San Francisco.
They throw around the 31 accidents like it;s a huge thing. over 5 years that 6.2 a year given the thousands of people that go through the ride a year, that's not exactly a high number. Look at the numbers for the proslide tornado in comparison.
It's apparently 31 accidents on the one ride, which has continuous issues with its rafts flipping over during the slide. Sure, there's some sensationalizing going on in that story, but at the same time, it does sound like this particular water slide has some legitimate problems.
True, though Tornado slides also have the same problem. Though don;t think deflated slides will do much. they need to run a little less water. Posicly get tubs that are a litel heavier at the bottom center.
Waterpark attractions are participatory in nature. Period. More so than hard rides. You don't get harnessed in, and the rider has the ability to control his/her ride experience.
I have operated tube slides from every manufacturer...Proslide, Whitewater, NBGS...and capsizing is just part of the deal. It is part of the inherent risk nature of water slides. As long as you have a tube slide, there will always be a small percentage of riders who flip out of their tubes. And 95% of these cases are rider influenced...that is they tried to flip out.
This is nothing more than a local news station trying to make a story out of something that is the norm for the waterpark industry. I am not trying to make excuses for the injuries portrayed in the story...just it is a completely unreasonable expectation to ride a tube slide and expect that there is a 0% chance that you will flip out.
...and I am sorry, as long as I have been in this business, I have never heard of a rider "tumbling" down a slide "out of control" after flipping out of their tube. This looses all credibility in this story....Last edited by Hanging n' Banging, Thursday, July 29, 2010 9:53 PM
Also, if you counted the wipe outs in the splash pool at the bottom of tube slides your "capsizing" numbers would be close to 50%.
Its not always rider caused though, Eerie Falls at Soak City has one slide in its complex that Ive never (3 tries, now I just don't ride it) been able to make it down the slide with my tube. Thats probably due to that ride being a "dark slide" where Im unable to brace myself for the turn, but on the other hand Ive ridden plenty of dark tube slides at other parks and Ive never had the same problem.
Wow, really? I've found those slides to be pretty standard and tame, and probably unremarkable if they weren't dark.
It is tame until halfway down when there is this quick jerk to the left, and pop I go out of my tube. I cant really judge the bottom half very well, because you go much slower once out of your tube.
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