How to Installation and Setup For Inflatable Water Slides
The giant inflatable water slides guide will take you through the setup process. It is imperative that the initial setup of the giant inflatable water slide only be set up by trained technicians. The Aqua Play Park Company will supply these trained technicians. After initial installation and training, you will be able to install slide track yourself with added labour help.
There are essential steps to follow in setting up the Inflatable water slide. Any attempt to set up the inflatable slides without training will void warranties.
Now make sure you have all the necessary parts, components, and equipment unloaded and ready to complete the setup.
Step 1: Delivered parts are as follows:
– an inflatable water slide track is consisting of one large piece. At one end, you will notice that this sliding track is recognizable by the foam steps.
– a sliding surface sheet
– an inflatable A-frame tubular base structure
– numerous blower pumps
– one or two rolls of rope
– water line assembly pieces
You will need to supply:
– electricity supply or generator
– necessary electrical extension chords
– appropriate handmade concrete anchors or slaps
– a flat floating raft preferably wood or steel
– extra labourers on hand
– beachfront shoreline
Step 2: Choosing A Location
If you purchase the monster inflatable water slides, then most likely, you have a beach line. Start by surveying your beach. Make sure the area and space over and above your head are large enough. Take into account that while you’re inflating your slide, you still need some room for patrons and anchor supplies and so forth.
Don’t forget that you should have approximately 30 to 40 m long and 10 to 15 m wide. And for the floating inflatable water slides, you should have at least 8 to 10 m in height clearance available. Look around on the beach before you open the slide and make sure there are no severely sharp objects. You don’t have to worry about a few stones, and even a small stake isn’t going hurt, but overall, look for glass, Sharp seashells, etc.
The area that you use is right on your waterline 60% we’ll inflate on the sand having 40% out on the water. The reason for this is when it’s inflated, it will just take three or four men to bump it into the water. Once floating in the water, it is effortless to move around. However, be aware of your windspeeds, or you may have to chase it down the shoreline and bring it back. Jetski or two or a small motorboat comes in very handy in this regard.
Step 3: Unrolling the Slide Sections
Stored in two large bags, prepare to unroll the slide. The larger bag of the two is the base. The smaller bag is a slight track. Grab several men and stand the big operate, so the opening is up. Begin to undo the strap or rope of the bag. Loosen the straps or cords of the bag to slide the bag downwards.
Now take your man and turn the entire unit upside down, so the bag portion is upwards. Now you can begin to pull the bag upwards and off the unit. The unit is now exposed however still tied in a roll. Do the same to the other group, whether it’s the base for the slight track.
If you were still in doubt about which unit is which, then we need to unroll the group a portion to understand what unit we have.
Take a larger of the two and roll it down to the beach line, maybe a meter before the waterline. Rolling to the left or the right of your desired working area, and you will face the role so that it will unroll into your working area, not outside your working area.
Begin to unroll it and try to discover if this is the base or the slide track. The slight record will show up foam stairs as you unroll, or you will see a slide cover, slippery material. If this is the slide track, and don’t hesitate to unroll a little farther, then roll it back up and just leave it on the boundary of your working area, we will unroll it later.
Now grab the other unit, which should be the base unit. The base unit is more strait forward in material construction, with the exception of many D-rings compared to the Slide-Track.
Open and unroll it completely, and you will notice that the base has been folded inwards towards the middle. Do your best to unfold it. Use several men in each corner to open it up. Spread your men around the unit and try not to unfold it so quickly. Think of it as a big sheet of material. It is a little tricky due to the tight rolling of the material.
Use your men accordingly, whereas everybody grabs one corner and unfolds it. Then proceed to another corner and do the same. It does not have to be evenly spread out.
However, it must open up enough to search out the inflation valves, which are located at each corner of the unrolled unit. Look at the drawings in this manual. Become familiar with what the valve looks like and find where it’s located on the base. We will talk about unrolling the slide track later in this manual after we inflate the base section.
Step 4: Base Inflation
Locate a power source. We will be using 4 to 6 blower pumps to inflate this. Therefore, you must have two or three power sources, each one having ample Power supply per extension cord.
Typically, you can run two of these blower pumps on one extension cord, however, the longer the extension cord, the heavier gauge it must be. If you are using two long extension cords for one pump or one outlet, the first cord from the power source should be a heavier gauge, then the second power cord leading to the blower pump.
Important; not the other way around, or you will damage the blower pump. If using two extension cords, it is okay if they’re both the same gauge; however, both should be a heavy gauge. Use heavy-duty outdoor construction-based extension cords. Water-resistant cords would be the best choice. Standard cables are acceptable. However, you must take precautions around the water.
The overall idea is to inflate the base. Allow it to unfold as it inflates the settling into a natural state. Now you will see the bottom as it is without the slide track. Now is an excellent time to become familiar with the D rings attachment points and anchoring rings. We will then deflate and let it drop into a natural position to allow us to unroll the slide track on top of the base. Hooking it to the D rings and then re-inflating the base and the inflatable slide track simultaneously. Let’s begin with the base inflation.
As you have unfolded the slide, you must locate the four corners of the slide. That is where you will find the inflation valves.
Take note of your base in the center. There is a climbing rock section. Note the foam block steps. Imagining the position of the unit in your mind, the foam block steps should be facing inwards to the shore, not outwards to the sea. If not, be prepared to turn the unit around.
If you ever have to move this unit around, remember it is always easier to push the unit or move the unit around when it’s inflated. The air in the unit helps adjust the weight of the unit by lessening the friction against the ground.
Let’s inflate it now since we can adjust the unit on the beach line accordingly once filled with air. Look at the diagram and take note of the location for the air valves. The base unit is divided into three separate air chambers. Each chamber is needing its air inflation. The right side of the base is one chamber.
In the middle of the base unit, you’ll see the rock climbing wall. This is the second chamber. And to the left, is your third chamber. The left and right air-chambers can be inflated from either corner. It’s easier to choose a spot on the sandy beach. If you are forced to walk into the water carrying an electric air pump, then have a friend assist you by holding the cord and the pump above the water line or better, use a small boat or floating raft to control your cable and pump.
Choose a valve in section 1 air chamber, choose a pipe in the middle chamber section 2, and choose a valve in the third section. This way, we will inflate the slide chambers simultaneously. Looking at the lid, remove the turning to the left and let it dangle on the string. You will notice there is a spring valve, you can push inwards, which will release air.
Or you can turn that Spring to open the valve and let it air release or turn it to the right to stop air expelling outward. Right now, in deflated Mode, you cannot notice the difference, so let’s start inflating now.
Remove the blower from the box and find the hose. The blower unit can have a hose attachment on either end. One and is for blowing out and the other and is for sucking air. If in doubt, plug in the blower and turn it on and determine the inflation end. Attach the hose for inflation.
To inflate, take the blower’s nozzle on the end of the hose and slide it into the valve (remove valve cap first), making sure it goes deep into the valve then twist to the right to lock it. Now you can turn on the blower and allow it to run without any handling. Make sure there is no sand getting sucked into the blower pump at the other end. It may damage the blower.
Now proceed to the middle section and do the same. Afterward, move to the third section and do the same. You currently have three blowers in operation, inflating the whole of the base slide.
If you have sufficient power, you can then add another blower to each section, now having two blowers per section, 6 in total. This process will give you faster inflation. By using the three blowers simultaneously in the inflation process, your inflation will take approximately 50 to 60 minutes to inflate. With six blowers, call it 35 to 40 minutes to inflate approximately.
As inflation continues, watch the inflatable and stay close. Watch for problems such as the inflatable twisted into knots etc. and do your best to pull and untwist. IF the twist is stubborn, you may have to cut the blowers momentarily until the knot can be removed.
Now that your inflatable is inflating comfortably without interruption, Study the movements of the three sections, how do they rise to full inflation. As the inflatable rises, you won’t know that it will take form as the photos and pictures. Now it looks more like a base unit.
Do not over inflate the basic structure. The inflatable should feel firm to the touch and not tight like a drum skin. Always have a few of the inflation. Never leave the unit unattended during inflation. When in doubt, just stop blowers, better to be safe than sorry. Back to the installation instructions.
Remember, the inflation at this point is for a specific purpose only, and that is only for the aligning of the base to apply the slide track. So, you don’t need stable inflation right now; you just needed it inflated to stand tall and clear to deflate it then for an orderly collapsed position to apply the slide track.
Now, shut off power to the blowers. Remove all blowers from the intake valves leaving the cap off, and you will see the pin inside. Push the pin inward until you hear the air leaking out and twist to the left to lock it open, so the air release will freely release. Doing this for all valves and allowed the whole unit to deflate and rest on the beach in a very organized way. Now you have the basic structure Laying wide and open. This deflation step will take approximately 40-45 minutes.
I know during the inflation and deflation times, there is a waiting period. This point is an excellent time to study the unit, study the manual, and maybe start unpacking the other smaller units for blow-up inflation. However, never leave the unit unattended during inflation. During deflation, it’s not an issue.
Now that your base unit is lying flat and deflated, you want to gather your men around the unit and look for the center of the unit going front end to end. Think of the slide track, climbing up the slide and sliding down the slide, that is what I call the track lane. Imagine that and find it on the inflatable base, and you will see there are many D rings aligned along with that imaginary track.
Those are the D rings that will allow attachment to the slide track. So, to imagine again, Think of it like a train track from one end to the other going across inflatable Down the centerline-two lines of the rings from one into the other. So, if it is not, gather your men. Tug and pull, to align those D-rings as we just talked about earlier.
Figure 16 Center area of the base. 4-D-rings on each side (see triangles)
Now, as you follow those D rings, you want to find the Centrepoint (see Photo) and (colours may differ to yours) of that whole inflatable. When you find the center of the entire inflatable, you are standing basically on the top of the slide. This position is critical to align the slide track. When you install the slide track on top of the slide base, you will begin attaching the D-rings (triangle marks) from this CenterPoint and then work outwards to each end.
Step 5: Unrolling and Installing the Slide Track
Now get out the other large rolled unit, and unbag it. Before untying the role, Roll it to the one end of the base. Keep in mind your base unit has a rock climbing wall, and therefore it needs to line up a doorway opening in your slide track.
If you have the rock climbing face facing inland, as opposed to the sea, then we need to be rolling from the right side of the base to the left side. When standing looking out into the sea, and that means when unrolling the slide track, we should immediately see steps, foam steps highlighting the climbing side of the slide track.
If you do not see the steps and instead you see a shiny material surface, then perhaps you are looking at the slide. If so, stop unrolling and roll it back. Reverse roll and then re-roll it to the other end of the base slide. And doing that, we will have to inflate it and spin it around, so the stairs are back at the right side.
Now, this doesn’t happen often, but sometimes in the factory, they may reverse roll it, causing this issue. The main goal is to have the stairs on the right side (while looking out to sea), and you’re rockface of the base facing inland. Assuming you have this all in the right direction, you can now finish unrolling the slide track up to the other end of the station.
At first, glance, when unrolled, you will say to yourself, this sliding track is too long. However, remember you are working with an A-frame structure that is lying flat. So most importantly, this is where that center point on your base unit becomes essential. We need to work from the center point of the base, matching the center point of the slide track.
You need to look at the sliding track carefully and find that center upper deck point, which has two arches covering over it with the mesh roof.
Looking at the structure, remember it is a climbing apparatus with a deck that leads down the slide. Therefore, you will also notice there are walls that need to inflate also. So, you need to take your workforce and surround this center area. Position it, fluff it and straighten it out the best you can until you understand precisely what you’re looking at. Refer to our pictures and illustrations for help.
When do you understand what you’re looking at and have determined the roof structure and walls (the center area), you will now look for that “doorway” opening in the wall. That leads to the rock climb entrance. That is the center point also and can point you to the next step finding the D ring connection points.
Again, that doorway should be on the same side as the rock climbing. If not, look for the door on the other side facing out towards the ocean. That means we have a problem. We have not aligned the slide track properly with the base. Don’t panic. The most straightforward remedy is to inflate the track without attachment to the base and then spin it around with your workforce.
If this is necessary, just inflate the floor of the track to make it firm. The walls can stay DEFLATED. Remember, with any inflatable, it’s always easier to move or bump it around when inflated. If deflated, it’s like trying to move a dead elephant. To be accomplished, but it will take double the workforce.
Step 6: Connecting the Track Platform to The Base
Standing in the center area and looking to the sides of the track, you will see some D rings. Two TRIANGLE D rings represent the platform of the track and simultaneously look very closely on the base; there, you will also see two TRIANGLE D rings to connect there.
These Triangle to Tringle D-rings need to be tied with rope leaving a distance of about 10 cm apart. Once you have connected these Triangle to Triangle D-rings, look on the other side of the track, and you will see the same things. A Triangle D ring to a matching Triangle D-ring. And besides that, you’ll notice another one.
Figure 2 Match triangles of slide track, point to point, or flat end to flat end to the BASE, making sure not to twist the connections. Located at the platform connection points only. (the center of the track).
So, in total, now, you have the center of the slide track attached to the center of the base, and again this area is the highest point of you’re A-framed structure. This attachment of blue to blue is a total of four points. Think of your slide platform like a table, and each D ring is a leg of the table. Now you can imagine what you have just accomplished.
Connecting the slide track Down the sides of the track:
Looking at the Triangle to Triangle connection (see photos attached to document), going down the slide, or going down the climbing ladder side of the slide, you will see more D ring connections with the base. There are no Triangles here, so be careful. The key is to use your workforce starting at the platform Triangle to Triangle connection.
Using your hands from that point, begin feeling the track and the base looking for the next D ring connection. Tie up that one with rope leaving 12 inches or 20 cm between them. “Walk down” with your hands looking for the next one and so on. Until you reach the end of the slide or the end of the staircase.
Now go to the other side of the sidetrack and begin again on that side, the top platform starting at the Triangle to Triangle connection using your hands to walk down ONE D ring at a time. Connect them all Down the slide and down the stairway on both sides of the slide track. We are now ready to inflate.
Ropes are provided and ready. However, if no ropes, then tie the D ring to D ring, and always make your first KNOT on the base D ring tying it securely and firmly. Then take the rope and tie the D ring on the slide track, making it 20cm. Use a slip knot type connection so we can later reach over the side of the track walls and tighten or loosen accordingly, and then later, we firmly tie them.
during this track blow up the stage, we will be keeping the walls of the slide track deflated. We will inflate the sliding track floor and then inflate the base. Again, don’t raise the slide track walls yet. There is a reason for this. When the track and the base are inflated, we need to reach over the walls to adjust the straps joining the two. If the walls are inflated, they become a barrier to reaching those straps.
Now you may at this point already have the track inflated because it was not appropriately aligned. But let’s discuss the inflation of the track now in detail.
Step 7: Track Inflation
Go to the far ends of the track. They’re at the end of the slide and the beginning of the climbing ladder. On the sides, you will see the intake valves. You will see at least two, and there may be another one on the other hand, also for a total of 3.
Begin to inflate the track from both ends. It will take about 30 minutes but inflate until the track is firm. You should feel a softness on the surface to the touch; do not inflate tight as a drum. You are raising the track floor at this point. Not the walls yet.
However, for this stage, don’t feel you have to inflate it to full capacity. You will see the straps tighten up between the D rings, and that is the time to stop your blowers. Now proceed to the base intake valves for inflation.
Take note, the track is designed into the letter A shape, so while it is lying flat, it will bend with some deformity, don’t panic. Now we can take the pumps off the slide track and begin insulating the three sections of the base.
Step 8: Whole Slide Inflation
Base Inflation with the Track Attached:
Before you begin this inflation, you must take two long ropes and tie them to the two blue rings on the base in the center. Choose the side that is facing inland. Maker these are long enough for your men to use as guided ropes during the inflation stage. You are sitting on the beach with a portion of the slide in the water. There should be a small grade on the beach that will cause the slide to lean out towards the sea. Use the ropes to pull the slide straight; however, do not feel that you can do this correctly. It will lean nevertheless. Don’t panic; it will slowly pop up as it fills with the air.
Take your blowers to sections one, two, and three and begin simultaneous inflation on the base as you did above. The track is already sitting 70% inflated. The track walls are still deflated. The slide track is connected D ring to D ring.
As the base is inflating, the three sections are slowly filling with air. It will appear deformed in the beginning stage. Use your two ropes that are tied to the unit to try and balance the slide as it rises. How’s the slide appears about 20 or 30% inflated, you will notice on the rock wall near the top, there are two inflatable railings. You must inflate these with a separate blower quickly before the whole structure rises too high. They will increase it liberally in two minutes.
Once they are firm in inflation, remove the blower, and replace the cap. Now return your concentration towards the three sections as they inflate.
There is nothing wrong with inflating section 1 and section 3 without part 2, the Rock Wall. Since those valves may be buried under the vinyl and challenging to locate, therefore, inflate section 1 in section 3, and as soon as the Valves to part 2 can be found, add to blowers and begin inflation.
The goal is to try to inflate the whole structure simultaneously. Don’t panic if one and is further inflated then another. Just take a blower from one side and move it to the other side to speed up the inflation of that site. So, it’s just a matter of moving your blowers around strategically to keep the increase simultaneously as best as you can.
As the inflation continues upward, keep your men attentive to the D ring straps. Look for tangles or anything that doesn’t look right. If anything is unnatural or looking problematic, stop all inflation immediately. Fix it or adjust it, then begin the installation again. Even if in doubt, stop increase. Always better to be safe than sorry. It only takes a few moments to stop the inflation and do an inspection, then, after all clear, give the go-ahead to start increasing.
At some point, the slide track may hang over extremely only being held to the base by its D ring connections. Don’t panic as this is normal due to the wait and cooperation of the design. Be aware that, even using ropes and so forth, this slide is a monster and, therefore, cannot be manhandled during inflation so easily. Near the end of the inflation, the unit will pop-up on its own and stand proudly. Keep your men at attention, and on Guard has the slide enters its final inflation phase.
Figure 3 Walls are left Deflated until we tighten and adjust the tie ropes holding the track in place.
Once totally inflated
start feeling the surface of the base and slide. Take note, in front of the Rock Wall, is an arch. That is a separate air chamber and will need inflating.
Don’t over inflate. It’s now standing tall and firm, that is good enough. Shut the blowers off. Remove the blowers and replace their caps. Better to shut the blowers off earlier than what you’re thinking. You can always add more air and at any point. But remember if you’re doing this now in cooler weather such as the morning, it will warm up in the afternoon, causing heat expansion and increasing the pressure in your slide, which is a big balloon.
So overall, better to run your slide at 90% inflation. Never strive for 100% inflation. We don’t know where that is. I guess 100% inflation is when a scene we’ll burst.
Now we do know. Joking aside, always think the whole unit should be underinflated since, in the sun, it will tighten up. Maybe at 5 o’clock the next day, the clouds come out, it cools down, maybe looks like rain. You, therefore, may lose pressure in your slide due to cooling and contraction, causing it to soften and show a slight leaning to one side or the other.
If this is the case, then have your boys go out in a little fishing boat. Take with them the generator and an air pump. Attach the shoes and inflate for 5-10 minutes, just to firm it up. Again, don’t over exaggerate. It should never be as tight as a drum.
Step 9: Track Adjustment, Attachment & Wall Inflation
We now have the base slide inflated with the slide track now resting in its place. Your slide track will not fall 100% in its place. It may be a little bit to the left or little bit to the right. Don’t panic as it is designed to allow this leeway.
However, if you feel it is too far over to the left or too far to the right, then you need to deflate the slide base sections until it is low enough that you can edge it over in a better position. Then inflate again. However, when you tied the D rings of the base and slide together, that 12 inches between the rings should allow it to rest in a good position.
Tying or Adjusting the Straps:
Before we inflate the walls on the slide, you must inspect the straps. We’ll need to tighten up a few, while others may be required need loosening. This is the main reason the walls have not been inflated yet. Your men can mount slide track and reach over and tighten or loosen the D ring connections.
If tightening the straps, then pull very tightly on the straps, make a secure knot. If you are loosening the belt, then allow it to relax to a point where it is still tight but balanced. You want all your D rings to be fast and firm but not over close to the point where one D ring is taking all the weight load.
How do you reach the straps? In some cases, you can use a ladder for the lower half of the slide. But as you’ve noticed, the slide is a very high structure. Use your younger men who have strength and agility. On the ladder-climbing slide, they will be able to use the steps to climb up to the level of the D ring. This is an excellent time to use those long ropes that were tied to the upper blue D rings.
Swing those ropes over to the boys climbing the ladder and hanging over the walls. They can use those ropes as a safety line to grab hold or pull their body accordingly. Keep an eye on your man, and do not let them hang dangerously over the edge. Remember you’re not in the water yet, you are still over a sandy beach or very shallow water. Use as many safety ropes as you feel I needed.
On the slide side, it’s a little bit different. There are no steps, and it’s a slippery slide cover to boot. Therefore, have your ropes ready and available for your man for safety. As your men climb up, you will notice the deflated wall is it attached to the slide floor with glued patches spaced a boat 1.5 m apart. They will be able to slip their foot in under the fence right on top of one of those wall-patches. They can plant their feet on that patch as if like step.
Again, it takes a little bit of acrobatics, so pick your men who are healthy and well balanced. There is room for one foot only, so the other foot, I’ll have to dangle and balance them as they tie up the D ring. Do this for each D ring until all the D rings art tightened or loosened. Now you are ready to inflate the walls.
Inflating the Walls:
Now gather your air pumps. Proceed to the bottom of the walls, near the entrance ladder at the slide ramp. Look for the Valves and attach as many pumps as there are valves. Begin the inflation. The walls will not take long to inflate. Maybe approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Again, don’t over-inflate. Just have them swell, so they are firm and not tight as a drum. Remove the blowers. Now you have raised walls.
Now have a long extension cord and the blower for your better climbing employee. He will proceed to the top of the slide and inflate the arches or roof.
Congratulations! Your slide is now fully inflated. This is the time to do a walk around and check visually and by touching the slide base and slide track. Look down, look up. This is the time to become familiar with all your anchor D ring connections. Make sure all your valve caps are on,
NOTE: Concerning air valves
Before placing the valve cap back onto the air valve, get closer and listen if there is any air hissing out. If so, reach in with your fingertips and turn that little pin valve to the right to close it. You can use your finger and push the pin in and out and release air manually. Converting that to the left will allow air to continually flow out for deflation purposes, so that’s why you make sure the pin is set to the right to lock the valve. Now replace the cap.
Allow your lifeguards or staff to climb up the slide and inspect the top deck looking for anything suspicious or anything that might look suspicious. Have them check the netting around the roof and for any defects or holes. There is a small open doorway that allows the rock climbers to mount into the upper deck. There are many handles in and around that area for safety.
The Rock Climbers Doorway:
This open doorway is necessary for the rock climbers to finish their assent. The door is not significant and only allows a body through if you are crouched down. Outside the doorway, there is a ledge. It does not drop off immediately went stepping out of the doorway. The door is designed to make it difficult to go outside that doorway. It is intended for the rock climbers’ movement as they are crouched to crawl inside the slide platform.
On the slide deck, a lifeguard will be stationed there. He will be standing on the side of the doorway using handles to stand firmly while doing his duties. The riders, as they climb up, will be forced closer to the wall with no door having to go around the lifeguard. And if any rider was to get close to the doorway, it is difficult to fall through. However, there are many handles positioned around the doorway entrance for safety. Up against the wall, so at any point, a handle can be grasped for security.