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September/October 2009

Aquatic Play Equipment

The popularity of water-based amusement parks continues to grow throughout the world, and this growth has led to an emerging need for standards for the aquatic play equipment industry. ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices answers this need with a newly approved standard, F2461, Practice for Manufacture, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Aquatic Play Equipment.

F2461 was developed by Subcommittee F24.70 on Water Related Amusement Rides and Devices. Andreas Tanzer, chair of F24.70, and director — innovation, research and standards, ProSlide Technology Inc., says the new standard will provide inspectors and state officials with a common single source of information that can be applied uniformly among the many methods of aquatic play equipment manufacture.

“A common practice was necessary to ensure that a minimum best practice was established based on the aquatic play industry’s use of the equipment,” says Tanzer. “The creation of this standard allows the common use of terms, methods and practices to be compiled into a one-stop location.”

Tanzer says that F2461 will provide information and methods for park operators as they install aquatic play structures. “End users will be assured that there is a means of manufacturing, testing and operation of these structures,” says Tanzer.

The subcommittee will continue its work on F2461 and welcomes participation in its standards developing activities. “There are currently two task groups that exist to further the research on water impact from aquatic play devices as well as water quality,” says Tanzer. “There is work to be done to integrate other standards that are being or have been developed to further complement F2461.”

“We would like to have more manufacturers of aquatic play equipment directly involved during the semiannual meetings as well as our virtual meetings,” says Tanzer. “This direct input allows the subcommittee to accelerate the process of getting to the heart of matters concerning aquatic play structures. Users of aquatic parks are another group that can bring forth real life situations that can help to mold and solidify the content of the standard.”

In addition to F2461, Subcommittee F24.70 has developed F2376, Practice for Classification, Design, Manufacture, Construction and Operation of Water Slide Systems.


Technical Information: Andreas Tanzer, ProSlide Technology Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Phone: 613-526-5522

ASTM Staff: Leonard Morrissey

Phone: 610-832-9719