Safety & Maintenance
Below are the listed suggested rules and regulations for the safe operation of your waterslide. These rules are generally accepted industry wide and are intended for the riders’ safety. Please let your riders know about the suggested rules and regulations by posting a sign or verbally instructing them. You can also purchase an outdoor slide rules sign here.
- Be sure that riders DO NOT ride the water slide head first. Head first riding can lead to submarining and contact with the pool bottom, which can cause spinal injuries, paralysis, or death. All riders must ride feet first either sitting or lying down on their back. Absolutely no riding on stomach or headfirst should be allowed.
- Only one rider at a time. Absolutely no trains or chains should be allowed.
- To avoid a safety hazard at the bottom of the waterslide, a minimum interval of six seconds must be maintained between riders. If crowding begins at the slide terminus, briefly interrupt use of the slide and clear swimmers away from this area.
- Mats or inflatable tubes are not to be used on the slide.
- Arms and hands must remain inside the flume. No stopping or grabbing the flume handrail.
- Riders should enter the slide in a sitting position. No running or diving starts are allowed.
- Loitering or lingering in the pool or in the immediate area of the slide is not allowed.
- No diving or jumping into the pool from the waterslide is allowed.
- Do not walk or climb up the slide, enter at the top only and slide down.
- Riders under the age of 5 years or persons with a weight over 275 lbs should ride at the owner’s discretion.
- Water Slides should be well lighted during evening and nighttime operations.
- No one should be allowed to use the Water Slide with metal parts such as buckles, buttons, locker pins, safety pins, tags, key rings, belts, or other potentially sharp objects. These items could damage the gel coat.
- All riders must wear swimsuits. No cut-off jeans or trousers are allowed.
- No rider should be allowed to use the slide while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
- Riders should be in good health. Pregnant women or individuals with a heart condition should not be allowed on the slide.
- Provide a means of positive lock off of the water slide structure.
- Water Slides should have an emergency shutoff easily accessible to the slide operators.
WARNING: Failure to follow these rules may result in serious injury. Paradise Slides waterslide equipment, by design, has an intended specific use. Lack of maintenance and/or rider usage in a manner other than the intended use for which it was designed could result in serious injury.
Daily inspections of your water slide are an important part of maintaining your investment as well as providing safety. Each day, before using your Water Slide, the homeowner should perform an inspection of the water slide. The inspection should include, but not be limited to, checking for:
- Obstructions in the slide path
- Cracks, chips, or bubbles in the sliding surface
- Rough patch work at joints or cracks
- Leaking seals or joints
- Excessive movement of the flume
- Opening up of joints
- Static water level in splashdown pool area
- Water quality
As a final check of your Pool Water Slide, the homeowner should make the first ride on the water slide. If any of the above items are discovered during the daily inspection, they should be addressed immediately.
Our Water Slides are designed in such a way that they require little maintenance. However, we do recommend routine inspections and periodic maintenance in order to extend the lifetime usability of your investment. Proper water slide maintenance is the key to extending the life of your slide and enjoying it for years to come! Your fiberglass flume sections are a lot like a new car in terms of their exposure to the elements and how they weather. They do not need to be repainted or caulked, but they do need to be washed, waxed, and repaired routinely in order to protect their original luster. Below are some of our recommendations for keeping your fiberglass flume sections looking their best.
How should I take care of my water slide?
- Wash monthly or more frequently, if needed. Wash with mild soap such as dishwashing soap; avoid using strong alkaline cleaners or abrasives.
- Wax the flume sections at least twice during the operating season with a good grade paste wax formulated for gel coat surfaces.
Winterizing and Spring Cleanup
Properly winterizing your Water Slide in the fall is "Preventative Maintenance" at its best! Taking steps now to prevent Start-up Problems and unnecessary expenses next Spring is time wisely spent.
Because a Paradise Slide water slide is primarily fibreglass, it's important that the fibreglass components be washed and then waxed prior to the end of the season. Check out our Maintenance kits by SlideRenu. Avoid using strong alkaline cleaners or abrasives. Wax the flume sections with a good grade paste wax formulated for gel coat surfaces.