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May is National Water Safety Month

Water Safety is Top Priority at Hersheypark

May has been designated as National Water Safety Month by the World Waterpark Association, the American Red Cross, the National Recreation & Park Association and the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance. Hersheypark amusement park, a 121-acre theme park with more than 70 attractions, a full water park and zoo, is proud to participate in this important observance by promoting water safety this summer. 

Hersheypark is home to The Boardwalk at Hersheypark, an 11-acre water park with 16 unique water attractions and one million gallons of water. Opening Memorial Day Weekend, The Boardwalk at Hersheypark is included in the one-price admission to Hersheypark and provides a sweet opportunity for guests to cool off on hot, summer days in Hershey, Pa. As guest safety is the top priority at Hersheypark, we wanted to share some information about the water safety initiatives that take place at The Boardwalk at Hersheypark each year. 

Certified and Trained Lifeguard Staff

The Lifeguard staff is well trained to keep all guests safe as they rocket through hills, turns and tunnels on the first hydromagnetic coaster at Hersheypark; race again and again on the longest mat racing slide in the world; relax on a slow and winding lazy river; and make a splash on more than a dozen other attractions.

Currently, there are 19 Certified Lifeguard Instructors, who are certified to train lifeguards; and one Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, who is qualified to train the Lifeguard Instructors, on the Hersheypark Team. All Hersheypark Lifeguards are trained and certified through Jeff Ellis & Associates, a leader in water park safety.


Every Hersheypark Lifeguard completes a minimum of four hours of continued in-service education per month to ensure that skills are maintained at a test-ready level. Lifeguard certifications are valid for one year only, which ensures that seasonal team members receive updated training every year.

To be certain that Lifeguards are always vigilant, Jeff Ellis & Associates completes random, unannounced, hidden camera audits of the lifeguard staff while they are performing their duties. These audits include the introduction of a mannequin or live action actor in to the Lifeguard’s Zone of Protection to ensure the on-duty lifeguard is maintaining optimum vigilance. In addition, the training and certification that each Lifeguard receives includes CPR/AED/First Aid for adults, children and infants.

The Hersheypark aquatics team earned the 2018 Platinum International Safety Award awarded by Jeff Ellis & Associates (E&A). Securing this award demonstrates that our aquatic facility consistently exceeds industry standards in risk management and epitomizes aquatic safety excellence. This is such a prestigious accolade given by E&A that only 16% of their clients receive this award for 2018. 

If you are interested in joining our sweet team, please visit HersheyJobs.com.

Safety and Fun Go Hand-in-Hand

We strive to ensure our guests have fun and stay safe at The Boardwalk at Hersheypark. If you are planning a visit this summer, we encourage you to follow these policies:

  • Only appropriate swimwear is permitted. Revealing bathing suits, shorts with rivets, snaps, zippers, metal ornamentation, cutoffs and jeans are not permitted.
  • Electronics are not allowed in the water attractions.
  • All eyeglasses should be secured with safety straps. ​
  • Aqua shoes are not permitted on the body slides. There are complimentary shoe drops available to guests.
  • No metal is allowed on any water slide, so leave those items with a non-rider.