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Making Waves

July 14, 2010

How many of you go straight to Surfer’s Bay when you visit Water Country USA? It’s a great place to climb in, cool down and have fun. I caught up with our maintenance supervisor, Darrell, to learn more about the wave pool and how it works.

He shared with me timing for the waves. The waves are on for eight minutes and then are turned off for 10 minutes. This continues throughout the day. In order to make the waves, you need water; lots of water. The pool holds 559,675 gallons of water. The average bathtub holds 100 gallons of water. That’s a lot of bathtubs.

Have you ever wondered how the waves are made? The pool uses five blowers located in the building at the back of the pool and are each powered by a 50-horsepower motor. The blowers rotate back and forth blowing air into a chamber which helps push the water and create waves.

We also have two heaters that help heat the wave pool on a cool day, especially in the spring when we are doing our lifeguard training. This time of year we obviously don’t need the heaters. The sun does its job for us.

Make sure to come out and see the waves yourself. You’ll be able to impress your friends with the facts you’ve learned here. It’s also a great way to cool off from the heat.

Park Operations Manager for Busch Gardens

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