By Jean Tinder
Published in the September 2014 Shaumbra Magazine
A few days ago I took my kids to the local water park. It is a huge attraction with all sorts of slides and rides and pools and adventures – and thousands of people! It was the last big day of the summer season and everyone was there to have fun. My son and his friend went off to explore, but my daughter had only one interest – the wave pool. She’d been there before with friends and wasn’t interested in anything else. So off we went.
She’d told me about it before but I didn’t really understand the appeal. You’re in a pool, with waves. What’s so exciting about that? Well, I was soon to find out.
The wave pool is very large. One end slopes gently into the water, eventually going out to probably 10 feet (3 meters) deep. Every fifteen minutes or so a buzzer sounds, hundreds of people scream in excitement, and the fun begins. The water draws down a little as the first wave gathers, and then for several minutes it is one huge crashing wave after another.
Some people ride the waves on tubes, others just play in the water; but one thing is certain – the waves are relentless! It’s hard to swim, or even to simply float, so you just manage as best you can. And then, when you feel you just can’t handle any more waves, they finally stop for a while. The water calms, you can get out if needed, move around a bit, catch your breath and gather your wits before it starts all over again. Continue reading