Monday, September 19, 2016

Water park hours for fall and 2017

We continue to get lots of questions about when our new water park will close for the season.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we discover what works best during Sandy Harbor’s first year of operation and want to give you a peek at some of the factors that are considered when determining the water park’s fall schedule.

Sandy Harbor, which debuted Memorial Day weekend, boasts a 705-foot Adventure (lazy) River, Drop Zone, The Tube, Splash Zone and other features.

While most water parks along the Grand Strand shut down after Labor Day, we’ve worked hard to treat our guests by extending the season as long as we can. The water park has operated under “hours as posted” since the day after Labor Day, with the hours being set a week in advance.

Many factors influence whether the water park can stay open as we head into fall - weather is just one of them.

Finding certified lifeguards is another reason water parks typically close at Labor Day. Most of the lifeguards who work all summer are high school and college students who head back to class as the traditional summer season wraps up.  

That makes finding certified lifeguards a challenge after Labor Day. Because of the caliber of our slides and other water park features, we are required by the state to have a certain number of certified lifeguards working for the park to open. We simply are not going to operate the water park without the certified lifeguards. With those lifeguards in short supply after Labor Day, that creates a challenge.

“Safety is our top priority,” said Lance Thompson, General Manager and Vice President of Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “We love to see our guests so excited about this new amenity and want everyone to have the chance to experience it in a safe environment.”

Our team has worked hard to recruit, train and schedule certified lifeguards to keep the water park open beyond Labor Day – and has been successful in extending that season well into September so far.

We will continue to post water park hours every week as they are set, until the park shuts down for the off-season. Through Sept. 23, water park hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. But don’t forget our outdoor and indoor pools stay open until 9 p.m.! After 6 p.m., guests can enjoy the pools but won’t have access to the slides, Adventure (lazy) River and other features of the water park.

Thank you for your patience.

Sandy Harbor hours for 2017

With a season of operating Sandy Harbor under our belt, we’re already preparing for next year.
Here’s a guide for when the water park will open and close in 2017:

Easter | Our water park will be open for the big Easter crowds April 14 through April 16, then will shut down until May.
May | Starting May 1, the water park will be open on the weekends only with “hours as posted.”
Summer | Our water park will open full time Memorial Day Weekend and continue through Labor Day.

Fall 2017 | Our water park will stay open under “hours as posted” through Sept. 30.