The WaterBlob® Operation Procedures

Safety first

  1. All campers and staff must wear a properly secured life jacket at all times.
  2. No more than two campers may be on The Blob® at any time when the next jumper lands on The Blob®. See that the two awaiting to be bounced are somewhat separated so that they do not collide with each other or the person jumping onto The Blob®.
  3. Jumping is allowed only from the base of the towers; no one may stand on or jump from the rail. Furthermore, no one shall be allowed to sit on the stairway. Too much crowding on platform could result in an injury.
  4. Only one person may leap onto The Blob® at a time; no jumping in pairs.
  5. One counselor shall always be stationed at the front edge of the platform and shall perform the following functions:
    • Continuously spray The Blob® so as to keep it clean, cool and lubricated with a water hose; occasionally spray the platform and campers’ feet as to remove excessive mud or sand that could irritate The Blob® surface and result in puncture.
    • Maintain order on the platform deck and assure that only one camper jumps on The Blob® at a time. Furthermore, see that no pushing or shoving takes place that might result in a fall from the platform.
    • Allow the campers on The Blob® awaiting to be bounced to gain position and get set before allowing the next jumper to leap.
    • Maintain visual contact on those campers jumping on The Blob® and those who are bounced or fall into the water so as to be sure they resurface.
    • Allow swimmers who have been bounced or fallen into the water to swim clear of The Blob® before the next camper is allowed to jump. Otherwise, campers from The Blob® could land on campers in the water and sustain injuries.
    • Require all campers to swim directly to shore and exit the water. Never allow campers to play in the water’s edge.
    • Make a quick visual check of each jumper’s life jacket to see that it is properly secured.
    • Monitor the number of people on the platform deck as well as their behavior.
  6. Any additional counseling staff may choose to participate in The Blob® with the campers, but should be aware at all times of the campers’ safety. If the counselor is not participating, it would be best for them to be stationed on the platform so as to assist with that area.
  7. No jumping or diving from the deck platform directly into the water is allowed.
  8. The air pressure in The Blob® should be maintained at a proper level. Too little air causes the campers to be thrown higher and will also allow them to fall into each other; both situations causing injuries. It is better to have too much air than too little.
  9. Do not force or coerce any camper to jump who does not want to.
  10. In the event of an emergency rescue, one of the counseling staff should enter the water with a rescue leap (American Red Cross) and retrieve the camper in trouble. Have campers on the platform sit down.
  11. Great care should be taken regarding the use of the water hose so as to avoid spraying water directly onto electrical conduit or other machinery such as the water pump, air pump and switches.
  12. Great care should be taken when working switches to turn on water or air pump given the fact that much of the area is wet. Never allow campers to operate the water hose or any of the switches or other machinery.
  13. Extreme caution must be exercised regarding weight differentials between jumpers and people being bounced off The Blob®. The maximum weight differential allowable is 60 pounds. This means that a 60 pound camper could not be bounced by another counselor or camper who weighed over 120 pounds; that same principle applying to all other weights. If a counselor who is rather large wants to bounce campers, then have two of them on The Blob® when the counselor jumps. In this way, the weight differential is minimized.
  14. Count your campers every ten minutes to keep tab on their accountability.
  15. Do not allow anyone to pull, hang onto or otherwise touch the ropes that secure The Blob® or the other points of attachment. Especially, do not allow anyone to jerk on the ropes or points of attachment in an attempt to cause someone on The Blob® to fall into the water. Just leave the ropes alone and do not touch them.
  16. If a rope should become loosened and fall from the metal ring where it is tied, it needs to be retied to The Blob®. Simply try to retrieve it by making sweeping motions with your hands or feet and then once you find it, secure it to The Blob®. If you cannot find or secure the rope, then inform someone on the Maintenance Staff of the problem at your earliest convenience. They will correct the problem.
  17. The correct procedure for inflating The Blob® in a safe manner is as follows. Counselor #1 attaches the air hose to The Blob®. Counselor #2 picks up the air blower and checks to be sure the switch on the air blower is in the “off” position. Counselor #2 then plugs the air blower into the electrical outlet. Counselor #2 then flips the switch on the air blower to the “off” position. When The Blob® is sufficiently filled with air, Counselor #2 flips the switch on the air blower to the “off” position and unplugs the air blower from the electrical outlet. Counselor #1 removes the air hose from The Blob®. It is important that Counselor #2, who will be operating the electrical air blower stand on a relatively dry surface an that Counselor #2 wipe any water from their skin surface prior to beginning the process of airing up The Blob®; simply towel down your complete body surface so that you are not dripping wet.

The Blob® Operational Procedures were adapted from Sky Ranch in Van, TX.