Safe rope parks? Choose!
Interest in attractions offering intense adrenaline experiences is steadily growing, and their offer is also expanding. As a result, some rope park operators or visitors, can more easily underestimate the risks of such moments of adventure at heights. Unfortunately, then we often encounter accidents and traumatic incidents that can (and sometimes quite rightly) call into question the safety of a rope park or other attraction.
Adrenalin is not always the same
Where to go with family or friends for a shared experience? If you are (like us) a fan of active leisure, off-line entertainment and the joy of overcoming personal challenges, choose well. Even as a visitor to attractions, you can influence whether your trip will be a great adventure or end up with abrasions, or worse in a traumatology hospital.
It is safe? What should you notice?
If you're wondering how a layman can tell if an attraction is safe for you, here are a few points to help you:
- First impression gives you a hint - first look at the rope park (and any other attraction) can already tell you how the operator takes care of them - you do not have to be a technical type, just follow your impressions - frayed rope, obvious material wear, rust on ropes, ruined platforms, etc. will definitely not be a good sign.
- Access and training of staff - in rope parks and centers you must always have an instructor trained according to valid standards (smart operators will also display these certificates visibly). The approach the operator will take in dressing up the necessary equipment, communicating with you during training on the principles of movement on ropes, whether it will be helpful or lax, are other indicators of safety.
- Condition of compulsory equipment - common sense again – are you going to visit the rope park where they will give you a heavily worn climbing harness or helmet with a broken buckle? In addition, rope centers, where they use full-body harnesses instead of classical mountaineering ones, arouse more confidence (even for us) ...
- Principles of safe movement in attractions - each visitor must be familiar with these principles. It's not a formality, it's about you! Knowing what and how minimizes risk. (Do not be afraid to ask what will happen and what to do if you do not manage to overcome an obstacle, do not be afraid to inform the instructors of your concern, they can advise you on the technique at the obstacle.)
- Large / strong vs. small / weak - is it a problem? - If you are concerned that the instructor's proportions do not match yours, and that they are unable to help you in case of a problem, don‘t be mistaken by it. Well-trained instructors can do incredible things - it is an amazing show how smoothly a 40 kg instructor can remove a 100 kg man from an obstacle without his active help.
- Operating rules - lots of boring information to read? It depends. If you find that the operator or staff violates the operating rules (even unknowingly), you can choose to visit such attractions.
- Choosing a suitable attraction or do I have what it takes? - here you really need to estimate your skills and those of your children. Choose attractions where the amount of joy and entertainment will be significantly higher than the risk of failure or injury. If you are not sure about the high rope park, you have many other options - try 3D mazes or net attractions - success and fun guaranteed ;o)