We bought the 20′ Aqua Jump for the family cottage and put it in the water last summer. All I can say is WOW. This thing is unbelievable. I did my homework ahead of time and I read a lot about the different options available. I knew that Rave Sports had competitors who were making cheaper water trampolines. I had even spoken to a friend of mine who bought a $300 trampoline at Costco. He was severely disappointed. I bought the Rave Aqua Jump and I’m thrilled with it. So are my kids and every time we have people over to the cottage they go nuts on this thing. It’s awesome.
What Makes the Rave Aqua Jump Different
First of all, it’s built from thick PVC and has been treated with an anti-UV spray. This means it will not degrade in the sun as quickly as other cheap products. Still, you should put it away for the season when you are done with it. I know a guy who has this trampoline and it’s 12 years old. He says it looks brand new still. That impressed me.
The Rave Aqua Jump is also built with high quality springs that go around the entire jumping surface. These springs give it a real great bounce response. You will feel like you are on a real trampoline, not some crappy toy.
The Rave water trampoline is also super sturdy. The 20 foot version that I bought is amazingly stable and I can have 3-4 kids and 3-4 adults on it at the same time. No, we don’t all bounce at the same time but we can sit long the edge, on the trampoline bladder, and it’s super comfortable, and doesn’t feel crowded. You won’t get that from a cheap trampoline.
Assembling the Rave Aqua Jump
It took me about 2 hours to put the Rave trampoline together and get it in the water. I had help from 2 other adults. The next season I actually did everything by myself, which is not recommended (it was hard), but it shows you that it can be done. You really just need two adults to get it set up and in the water. You’ll first blow up the bladder, then you’ll put the jump surface with springs together on top of the bladder, and then you’ll put the padding on top of the jump surface to cover the springs. You’ll also be attaching the ladder (great quality) and the simple rope assembly which attaches to the anchor. You’ll want to anchor this thing in the water with about 200 pounds of weight. We just bought cement anchors at the hardware store because they are pretty cheap. Regular dock chain was good enough to connect the anchor to the trampoline’s rope.
Additional Toys with the Rave Aqua Jump
You can get a few extra toys that attach to the sides of the trampoline. They are absolutely worth getting but not essential. We have the “log” and the “launch pad”. The log looks like a giant hot dog. It’s bright yellow and you try to run on it without falling. It’s almost impossible to do, so you fall in the water and everyone laughs. The log is super sturdy and easy to install.
The launch pad is probably the most fun. If you put an 8 year old child on the pad, and have an adult jump onto it, the child will be launched into the air at least 5-6 feet high, and then come crashing down into the water. Kids who are not afraid of height absolutely LOVE this thing and literally beg the adults to launch them from it. Hours of entertainment!
There is also a slide attachment available, and I think this is a great toy for young kids but something they’ll outgrow quickly. The other toys, along with the trampoline really don’t get outgrown. They’re always going to be fun even for adults.
No seams on the Aqua Jump jumping surface
I love the fact that this trampoline is built using real powerful springs and a single jumping surface with NO SEAMS. I actually found out that the old Aqua Jump used to have a seam down the middle of the jumping surface and they changed the design to get rid of this. This means it won’t degrade in the sunlight.
Which size Aqua Jump to Buy?
My recommendation is to get the 20 foot trampoline because I was told that the 15 foot version is less bouncy, and the 25 foot version (most expensive) is simply not worth the extra money unless you really need the space. But I think that no matter which you choose, you can’t really go wrong. If you have the space for it (and the budget) just get the 20 foot version.
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By A Superman