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WATER PLAY EQUIPMENT

Upping The Fun Factor Bright, vibrant and entertaining, water play equipment is one factor that can increase the popularity of swimming pools and bring in much needed revenue to commercial operators in the UK. In this issue, we look at the appeal of this exciting age targeted sector for swimming pools across the country and cover everything from slides, play structures and water games through to simple but effective pool toys By Jon Wadeson

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here’s something about water that ramps up the fun level for kids of all ages. Whether it’s diving for toys, running through water jets, rushing down slides or just splashing around and getting wet – water seems to equal more fun and freedom. No other location can rival a well-designed water play area, and the popularity of them, especially in a hot summer, never diminishes. There’s a huge variety of products on offer – from obstacle courses that can be packed away after use to permanent structures in the form of slides, water canons and tipping buckets – there’s plenty on the market to stimulate young minds. Smaller, hand-held toys play their part too and together, they all contribute to create more fun in and around the water. With many commercial facilities around the UK making the most of the available equipment, we take a closer look at some of the fun options available in the water play sector.

WHEN IT COMES TO FUN, CERTIKIN PLAYS UP! Slides and play structures, in the shape of mermaids, giant taps and pirate ships, are just some of the fun play features that Certikin has to offer. In fact, the company boasts one of the most advanced in-house design departments, complete with computer generated graphics and 3D imagery, of

anywhere in the UK. “Our team can provide design expertise for projects of any size, and work around a chosen theme or suggest ideas. Our product range is extensive. Whether it is custom-build or off-the-shelf features you are after, we can supply the lot!” said Certikin’s Commercial Manager, Steve Nelson. “Playing with water is a vital part of a child’s development,” continued Steve. “Although the primary aim of the equipment is to allow kids to have fun in a safe environment it allows them, at the same time, to learn through play. Kids’ play equipment needs to be strong and durable especially when coupled with the harsh environment of a swimming pool.” Fortunately, all of Certikin’s range of products including Van Egdom and Aqua Drolics are made from a combination of UV stabilised GRP, Marine Grade stainless steel and chemically resistant rubber, making them tolerant of kids and chemically treated water! Steve added: “All the interactive features are very easy to install. There’s no need for additional plumbing because most of the water features have built-in mechanical hand pumps that children operate manually. There’s no need for buried pipework and costly electrical pumps as the features use the existing swimming pool water. Retrofitting is a breeze – in most situations the only requirement is to lower the existing pool water level to allow small anchors to be

Certikin can provide design expertise for projects of any size, and work around a chosen theme or suggest ideas

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installed in the pool floor. This can be done at night so that the facility can open for business in the morning.”

INFLATABLE FUN FOR A VARIETY OF AGES Wibit’s inflatable interlocking waterplay products can create a variety of floating courses for commercial pools. With a modular construction, each element can be connected in multiple combinations to create an individual solution for every pool owner’s need. Next to the most obvious parameters – pool size, water depth and capacity – the team at Wibit understand which additional criteria are relevant to find the perfect combination for pool owners. All of the company’s open water products are available for pools. However, bigger is not always better and in terms of handling, smaller products might be easier to manage for pool staff. From Wibit’s experience, in pools every cm / inch counts in terms of dimension and water depth, therefore the company offers a range specifically for the commercial pool sector. All of the company’s standard combinations are designed to fit the common pool size. Straight tracks are Wibit’s top pool sellers as they bring fun and action while preserving several lanes for swimmers. For owners looking for a big loop covering the whole pool, that’s no problem with the modular nature of the products.

Straight tracks are Wibit’s top pool sellers as they bring fun and action while preserving several lanes for swimmers

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Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) August 2019  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...