Trampolines can provide endless hours of fun and exercise for children
(and a great aerobic workout!). To promote safety, some common-sense
rules should be followed:
- Have a good-sized trampoline; children and adults need room
to bounce! A frame size of 3.8m x 2.5m is an excellent family-size
- Safety pads are essential. We strongly recommend them.
- One child at a time. We realise this can be hard to enforce,
but do try.
- Take extra care if a toddler is on the tramp with an older child
or adult. When the heavier person bounces, the recoil will cause
the lighter toddler to bounce too high, risking a fall.
- Never allow a child under a trampoline. Another person may jump
on the tramp without realising, and could seriously hurt the child
underneath. Take a look at your tramp some time when a heavier
person is bouncing - you will see just how far down the mat depresses.
- Never allow hard toys or sticks on the trampoline.
- We don't recommend ladders - if a child is too small to get
on the trampoline unaided, they should only be allowed to use
it under adult supervision.
- Join a club. Clubs teach proper technique and good safety guidelines.
There are many clubs throughout New Zealand. Children often learn
by example, and can easily pick up bad habits - through a club,
they will learn the right way. And with trampolining now an Olympic
sport, who knows where their hobby could lead!