Valley water parks open for 2017 season

LAS VEGAS - Water parks in the Las Vegas Valley are making a splash on the opening day of 2017 season on Saturday.

At Wet’n’Wild, patrons say it's about cooling off and having some fun.

“We got my daughter season passes for my birthday, and she woke up this morning and said can we go to Wet’n’Wild, and I said I guess," Nancy Carney said.

Carney and her family are among the first people to visit the water park on opening day.

It's Wet’n’Wild's fifth season, and Carney’s daughter is making the most of it despite it still being a little chilly.

"It was really fun, but it was cold," Rachel Carney said.

Wet’n’Wild staff say they have fun while keeping safety in mind. Lifeguards are required to have 24 hours of training.

"They need to know all the park safety rules. Scanning and looking for guests who may be in distress," said Cathy Lawson, Wet’n’Wild Director of Operations.

The water park puts staff through rigorous slide training and emergency action plans.

Parents like Carney say it’s comforting to know the employees are well trained.

“This is the first day out of the gate, so I think I will relax, and maybe as the summer goes on I will try the slides also," Carney said. 

Carney’s son says he doesn’t have any time to relax because he’s busy with the fast slides.

"You get up there, and you just have to go because you're not going back down the stairs with the raft but once you get going it's not bad," Matthew Carney said.  

For those who need an even bigger thrill, Wet’n’Wild has the worlds' first waterslide gaming experience.

"We, of course, have slide boarding which is kind of a video game and a water slide all put together in the same thing. You get your music, and you get your games," Lawson said.  

The Carney's say Wet’n’Wild has it all and they plan to chill at the water park all summer.

"Happy kids, happy mom," Carney said. 

Cowabunga Bay in Henderson also opened on Saturday.

Both parks kicked off the season just in time for spring break next week when students will be out of school.
 


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