Keep Your Dunk Tank Participants Having Fun By Focusing On Safety

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Buying a dunk tank (from an outlet such as KO Water Games) can be a worthwhile investment if you're frequently in charge of community fundraisers. With this tank full of water and a participant on the platform, people can pay a nominal fee to throw balls at the target — and, eventually, you'll have raised a significant amount of money in a fun way. If you're new to the world of dunk tanks, it's important that you enforce a number of safety rules to ensure that the entire experience goes off without a hitch. Here are some key things to keep in mind.  

Have Your Participant Sit On The Edge Of The Platform

It's generally a good idea to hire someone (or fulfill the role yourself) to carefully watch the dunking process. While it's easy to get swept up in the fun, the person watching should keep an eye on the posture of the participant. He or she should always sit on the front edge of the platform, rather than toward the back of it. By sitting on the front edge, the participant will easily fall into the water when the platform collapses. If his or her weight is toward the back of the platform, the participant could hit his or her tailbone on the front edge of the platform on the way down.

Only Include People Who Are Physically Fit

Many organizations ask those who plan to use the dunk tank to fill out a waiver form. Even if you avoid using a form, it's a good idea to ask each participant if he or she is healthy enough to be dunked. Primarily, you want to keep those with back injuries out of the dunk tank. The sudden jolt of being dunked could exacerbate a sore back, and climbing back up onto the platform after being dunked can be difficult for those whose backs are sore.

Ensure Participants Have The Right Footwear

Although some community groups have participants get dunked in their bare feet, the safest approach is to have them wear water shoes — or, if this isn't possible, shoes with non-slip soles. Doing so improves the traction of your participants in the tank after getting dunked, and also aids their ease of being able to climb back out of the water and onto the platform again. With bare feet, participants risk slipping and hurting themselves, so strive to enforce a shoe-only policy at your fundraising events.