Noah's Ark Waterpark - Wisconsin Dells, WI
Not the place for bad parent sightings, but what my friend and I witnessed was rather scary. Everything happened so fast, and we (being my friend and I who witnessed this) aren't sure if it was a nanny or parent involved. Either way, what happened, in our opinion was in poor judgement, because it compromised a child's safety.
Place: Noah's Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells, WI, in the pool area.
Date: Saturday 7/7/2012, between 530-600p.
If you haven't been here before, it is a blast! Tons of water slides, and this particular area has a pool with two separate sections: 3'6 feet and 11' feet. The 11' foot sections have slides, a jumping step, and hang gliders that drop you into the water. Approximately six lifeguards are present. As I stated before, my friend and Iwitnessed something scary and questionable based on one decision. While my friend and I were in the pool, we were watching the three girls we brought with us, (9, 9 and 6 years) so we were busy enough! The six year old wanted to go on the hang gliders, and we were concerned about her ability to swim in deep water without floaties, so we didn't take the risk. The 6 year old was splashing and swimming next to us, while her sister (one of the nine year olds) and their friend (the other nine year old) were in line for the gliders, when we saw a little boy, 4-5 years old, on the gliders. The glider stops at a point on the cable and it drops the person into 11' feet of water. The little boy dropped into the water, coming up after shortly thereafter. The lifeguards noticed this and sprang into action. It was evident that the child had previous swimming lessons, yet struggled with water this deep. The lifeguards were in position to help him, ready to step in if needed, watching the child as he made his way over to the ladder, where his adult was waiting. Again, while this was clearly not a sighting, it was disturbing, because it takes a split second for something to happen. We didn't let the 6 year old go in for safety concerns; why did this parent allow their child, who was clearly not ready to swim in deep water, allow him to be on the gliders, knowing something could happen?
at 6:41 AM