Is It Ok to Jump on a Wet Trampoline? Safety Tips Inside

Trampolines can provide hours of fun in the sun, but what happens when it’s raining or when the rain has just stopped? Is it ok to jump on a wet trampoline?

Yes, you can jump on a wet trampoline, but you should take extra care while doing so as they become more slippery. It is best to wipe down the trampoline before jumping on it to reduce as much moisture as possible.

Read on to find out more!

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Is Bouncing On a Wet Trampoline Safe?

While I do think that bouncing on a wet trampoline is ok, I should point out that there is an increased danger of doing so.

Trampolines are made to withstand the elements and the mat is usually waterproof. That means that water will start to accumulate on the surface, especially after rain, or even in the mornings when dew settles on it.

When there is water on it, the surface can become slippery, which makes it harder to keep your balance.

That said, you can take some precautions to make the experience safer. In fact, some people actually wet a trampoline on purpose by making use of a trampoline mister kit.

It makes jumping under the hot sun much more bearable and so much more fun!

I would avoid letting young children get on a wet trampoline though, but if they insist, I would want to be in there to keep them safe.

Here are a few safety tips you can use.

Setting rules and ensuring supervision

Naturally, it’s best not to let anyone jump on the trampoline when it’s wet – this is especially true for younger children, who have less coordination and strength in general.

But if you really can’t stop yourself, you’ll have to set some ground rules and keep a tight eye on things to make sure they’re followed.

To begin, just allow one person to jump at a time, especially on a smaller trampoline.

This will prevent the children from tripping and colliding with one another.

On large circular and rectangular trampolines, this is less of a concern because it’s easy to keep a safe distance, but it’s still a risk.

There should absolutely be no monkey business and trying out trampoline tricks at this time.

Ladder Safety

It is often overlooked, but a trampoline ladder can pose a hazard too, especially now that it is wet.

If you have a ladder leading up to the trampoline’s edge, keep it dry if at all possible.

Alternatively, simply assist your children in climbing to prevent them from slipping and scraping their shins or twisting their ankles on the steps.

Jumping mats and safety nets

Landing on or going over the edge causes a substantial number of trampoline-related injuries.

If the trampoline is wet, any slips or slides will almost certainly lead to the edge.

As a result, having an enclosure net as well as padding that protects the frame and springs is even more vital.

I would also recommend that you keep your trampoline anchored to prevent unnecessary shifting.

When Will a Trampoline Get Wet?

When it rains or the snow melts, trampolines get wet.

Lawn and yard sprinklers will also get them wet.

On extremely hot days, it is not unusual to see a parent spraying water at the kids jumping on a trampoline.

Other times when trampolines can get wet is if you have a pool nearby and people decide to mix these two together.

Are Wet Trampolines More Slippery?

Your little children may enjoy the sensation of wet jumps, but there are more dangers when jumping on a wet trampoline.

When trampolines are wet, they can become quite slippery.

The thing to take note of is that when the trampoline gets too slick, there is less traction and direction control.

If there are a few jumpers in there, they can collide into each other pretty easily.

Always exercise extra caution when using a wet trampoline!

Does Jumping on Wet Trampolines Ruin the Trampoline?

Because a trampoline is intended to be used outside in rain and other weather conditions, the frame and springs are rust-resistant.

If there is some water in between the stitches, the mat will be a little heavier, but this will not harm the frame’s integrity.

When the springs are used when it is wet, they will not be harmed.

If you intend to purposely make the trampoline wet (for example, by spraying it with a sprinkler), make sure the spring cover is in good shape.

The springs may rust sooner than the manufacturer predicted because of constant wetness and misuse.

When the weather turns rainy, the mat is water-resistant so that it does not accumulate water.

Whether wet or dry, the material of a good trampoline can withstand the same amount of pressure and force.

Does a Wet Trampoline Bounce Higher?

It does seem to be the case, both from my own experience and what my kids tell me. But is there any science behind it? I’m not entirely sure but I’ll share my assumptions.

This could happen as a result of the water evaporating and cooling the carpet.

The colder the mat, the more elastic it becomes and the more it tries to return to its previous state. As a result, the bounce will be higher.

Another explanation is that the water drips on the trampoline mat will alter the jumping angle, making the trampoline seem more bouncy.

It’s possible that the water on the trampoline ‘bounces’ a second time due to the weight of the water drops while the child is in the air, giving the impression that it’s further away.

Can I Jump On A Trampoline In Wet Weather?

Adults may not find hopping aboard a trampoline and bouncing around in the middle of a rainstorm amusing, but children will find it to be a joyful and exciting adventure.

You can try to take safety precautions, but I think it might be a little too dangerous to try it.

The risk of lightning strikes is first and foremost.

It’s unusual, but not impossible, that lightning may strike your trampoline.

However, there is a larger chance that electricity from a nearby lightning strike will pass through the earth and reach your trampoline.

Of course, the metal frame and springs can conduct electricity, but a damp trampoline mat can as well.

Rainstorms can often send tree branches and electrical wires down, increasing the danger.

If rainfall has puddled on the trampoline’s surface rather than passing through the mesh, it’s better not to jump on it because the additional water can exceed the mat’s weight capacity.

Do You Need To Protect Your Trampoline From Rain?

While it is not required to protect your trampoline from rain, it is highly advised – especially if you live in a rainy climate.

Storms can do a number on your trampoline, and continual exposure to water will corrode the springs over time.

Even while the occasional downpour won’t affect your trampoline much, there are a number of solid reasons to invest in further weather-proofing.

Rain can turn dirt and dust on the jumping mat into silt or mud, which becomes stuck in all the nooks and crannies.

This not only makes your trampoline look dirty but also causes the fibers to wear out more quickly than they should.

In addition, there are leaves, twigs, and branches that could go on your trampoline. Some of them can pierce a hole through the jumping mat, resulting in you not being able to use the trampoline anymore.

How To Protect Your Trampoline From Rain?

To begin, wrap a strong waterproof spring pad around the perimeter of your trampoline. In fact, this should come with your trampoline. Do not buy one without a spring pad.

Check that it fits snugly and covers both the springs and the upper frame tube. The springs and frame will be kept out of direct rainwater contact as a result of this.

Spring pads aren’t simply good for waterproofing. They’re also useful for reducing injuries and protecting against friction burns in the summer heat.

The next step is to get a high-quality trampoline cover.

This will protect the trampoline from debris and dust by covering the entire trampoline, including the jumping mat.

To provide optimal protection, this should be placed on the trampoline anytime it is not in use.

It will also shield it from UV rays, which contribute to wear.

If rainwater collects on the cover, it’s critical to clear them to avoid the mat becoming too heavy.

Snow can do the same thing, although it can usually be shoveled or pushed off the trampoline without getting under it.

How to Dry a Wet Trampoline?

I would recommend that you dry them out with a clean and dry cloth.

If you have a blower handy, you can use it after wiping it down to get more moisture out of the jumping surface.

What Is a Trampoline Mist Sprayer?

A trampoline misting system, sometimes known as a trampoline sprinkler, is a device that sits beneath your trampoline and shoots a mist of water up and into it.

The function of a trampoline sprinkler underneath it is to keep you cool while you’re on it.

As a result, if you reside in a hot area and are concerned about your children overheating while bouncing on hot days, this can be really handy.

Many children, on the other hand, enjoy being splashed with water as they bounce. As a result, it might make your trampoline much more enjoyable.

Are Trampoline Sprinklers Safe?

Trampoline sprinklers are completely safe to use for you and your family. This is a great way to have a good time, especially during the summer.

Trampoline sprinklers are often attached to the trampoline’s handles and spray water over the surface.

This allows kids or adults like you to jump on top of the water, making it wet and slick. As they jump, they are soaked by the water blasting out. You can imagine how crazy they will get!

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Jacob Mackay
Jacob Mackay

Hi, I'm Jacob Mackay. I work as a structural engineer currently based in Tampa, Florida. Trampolines have brought a ton of fun to my family and now I wish to pay it forward through this blog. You will find a trove of well-researched articles that will help you choose the best trampolines, how to use them safely, as well as pick up a few tricks that will impress your friends and family! Connect with me on LinkedIn or learn more about Trampoline Junction!