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It’s time to make a splash, but make it a safe one

Posted: Oct 14, 2019 | Tags: Waterpark
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White and red rescue swim tube at Timber Ridge Lodge
With the days of summer sunshine and splashing just around the corner, now is a great time refresh and familiarize yourself of some important tips on waterpark safety. Moose Mountain Falls at Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark in Lake Geneva, WI, and its newly appointed Aquatics Director Adam Richardson, are sharing important water safety tips for families now that pool season is officially upon us.

Before you spend a day splashing in pools, sliding down tubes and floating around Moose Mountain Fall’s lazy river, here are some of Adam’s tips on waterpark safety every mom, dad, and caretaker should know. Keeping children and families safe around water is always our #1 priority.

Know the difference between a Life Saving Device v. Flotation Device
Flotation devices include items like water wings and water tubes are built for fun, not water safety. Check the device labels to be sure. Items made in the U.S. will include a warning on the flotation device noting it is “not a life-saving device.”

Life-saving devices are items such as lifejackets and some puddle jumpers. These devices are labeled with a U.S. Coast Guard approval and number. Lifejackets are available to guests of Moose Mountain Falls at no cost.

It’s always nice to have an extra set of eyes on your children, but remember, lifeguards are not baby sitters! You need to know where your kids are at all times. While Moose Mountain Falls has over 12 Red Cross certified lifeguards on duty, they are responsible for scanning large areas with adults and children of all ages. 

Pay attention to water depths
Most of the time, water depth is listed on the pool deck or on the pool walls. Be sure to note the drop and flag for your children as well. Remember 3ft. can drop to 6ft. very quickly.

Keep the kids in age-appropriate areas
Smaller children should stay in the shallow water, splash tables and age-appropriate areas for a more enjoyable and safer waterpark experience. 

Know the rules
Review the pool rules with your family before jumping in. Most waterparks don’t allow running, jumping or diving. 

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
The summer heat can be brutal. It’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Plus, be sure to eat! Kids can get distracted and not want to get out of the water to eat or drink (and we totally understand why!) but it’s important they do. Timber Ridge’s Hungry Moose is conveniently located inside the waterpark so you don’t have to change out of your swimsuit when you grab a bite to eat.

Don’t forget the sunscreen
Moose Mountain Falls is indoors but there are outdoor areas as well and many waterparks across the country are outside. Keep an eye on yourself and your children to make sure you aren’t spending too much time in direct sun! Be sure to apply water resistant sunscreen according to the label, most need to be reapplied every 40-80 minutes.

Safety always comes first Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark’s Moose Mountain Falls in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Named one of USA Today’s 10Best indoor waterparks and one of the best waterparks in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the resort is home to a 50,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor waterpark, where visitors can zip down 35-foot slides, drift along a calm 500-foot lazy river, get moving in an activity pool or kick back and relax in an indoor/outdoor hot tub.

Knowledgeable on water safety and precautions, Red Cross certified Aquatics Director Adam Richardson is available for interviews upon request.

To plan your visit, check out Timber Ridge Lodge’s special summer packages and offers.

To learn more about Timber Ridge Lodge or to book your summer getaway, visit

About Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

The family-friendly Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark is located in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva, just 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property offers a collection of 225 expansive one- and two-bedroom suites that are equipped with whirlpool baths, private balconies and spacious living rooms. Full kitchenettes, which boast full-sized refrigerators, stove-top burners, dishwashers and double sinks, provide complete comfort for families. The lodge also offers its signature 50,000-squarefoot indoor-outdoor aquatic wonderland, Moose Mountain Falls – the area’s only Waterpark – as well as a 3,600-square-foot arcade, 3,500-square-foot ballroom, and a family barbeque restaurant.