Kids love splashing around in giant wave pools
at waterparks across the country.
It’s almost like swimming in a muddy ocean.
But these giant waves are machine-made,
created by tens of thousands of gallons of water being pumped out into the pool.
This video was taken at the Whirling Waters Waterpark in South Carolina.
视频中 一个小女孩从游泳圈里摔了出来 情况危急
You can see a little girl falling out of her tube. She’s in distress.
Thankfully a life guard comes to her rescue.
Here’s another girl at the same park.
She’s bobbling up and down, unable to keep her head above water.
Once again a life guard is there to save the day.
That life guard is 19-year-old Carolline Edwards.
It could happen to anybody.
She says these machine-made wave pools can get really scary.
And at this waterpark, average’s 2 rescues per day.
When the waves come on, it does get a little stressful out there,
especially when you are in the water.
The waves can go over your head easily even if you’re strong swimmers.
It’s kind of a difficult place to be in.
Other wave pools can be a little more tame as our Megan Alexandra found out.
But even they can be challenging.
I gotta tell you, in the deep end when I can’t touch,
It gets tiring treading water with all those big waves.
So you really have to be careful.
Make sure you have enough energy.
我还是成人呢 换成孩子 这可能就很困难了
I’m an adult. But this should be difficult if you were a kiddo.
Earlier this month, 7-year-old Robert Pearson nearly drowned
for swimming in a wave pool in west Virginia.
His mother Ashley says it was the scariest moment of her life.
He was lifeless in front of me.
He went cold. He was unresponsive.
He…It was just…it was horrifying.
So how can you stay safe in a wave pool?
If you can’t swim or if you are a weak swimmer,
always wear a life jacket which the parks provide.
Don’t go in over your head.
Do not use inflatable rafts.
You can easily fall into the water.
And children should always be supervised by an adult.
Follow this advice to stay safe this summer,
enjoy those machine-made waves, just be careful.