There’s a hot new trend among kids, and it’s NOT a gadget, it’s not powered by the Internet, and it doesn’t even have a screen. What?!
It’s called a water bouncer. So far, mostly passionate gymnasts and adventure-loving enthusiasts who live near a body of water know about it. But it’s quickly catching on.
So, What Is a Water Bouncer?
A water bouncer is an inflatable platform that kids (and adults) use for fun and light exercise. It’s first inflated and set up on land, and then moved onto the water.
The main parts of a water bouncer are an inflatable outer tube and a jump mat. Since it’s so bouncy, it can be used for some light gymnastic exercises. Of course, kids often just use it to bounce for fun.
Starzcom’s water bouncer comes with an electric pump which can inflate it in only four minutes. This makes the bouncer a cool party gadget for a day out on the lake. It’s light, compact when deflated, quickly inflated, and easy to carry around.
It’s a relatively new trend, so the summer of 2020 will hopefully be remembered NOT as a COVID-19 summer, but as the summer the water bouncers took off, covering lakes and bays, providing kids with hours of healthy fun.
How Is a Water Bouncer Different from a Water Trampoline?
Though people sometimes use these two terms interchangeably, there are some clear differences between water bouncers and trampolines.
The main technical difference is that water trampolines use springs to connect the jump mat with the outer tube, while bouncers use webbing. These springs are metal, and many trampolines also have a steel frame strapped to the tube, making the construction a little heavier, but also making trampolines a little bouncier than water bouncers.
Trampolines are also a bit more difficult to assemble, because of the frame and metal parts – it takes more time to set them up than bouncers. That’s why their owners often anchor them for the whole summer. Otherwise, it would be a lot of hassle to go through the process multiple times during the season.
Water bouncers are lighter, without any metal parts which makes them ideal for younger children, and they are usually smaller than trampolines. Less costly as well.
Are Water Bouncers Safe?
As we mentioned, water bouncers don’t have any metal springs or frames on the outer tube, so they are safer than trampolines. They are completely suitable for younger kids.
They are made of a sturdy PVC material, and can withstand all the jumping, stomping and savagery young kids can summon on their brightest vacation day.
Bouncers also have an anti-skid jump mat surface which decreases the chance of ugly falls and injuries.
It’s important to understand that water bouncers are not the same thing as air tracks. If your kids are interested in practicing some riskier gymnast moves, flips, somersaults, etc., it’s probably wiser to get an air track. It can be used both on land and water.
Water bouncers are safe as long as they are used properly – for recreational bouncing, light gymnastics, and lazy lounging in the sun.