MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) – A new type of mobile, floating water park is coming to the Grand Strand, and the first location is set to arrive in Murrells Inlet on Friday.
Jump Jam Jungle Floats of the Grand Strand are mobile floating water parks featuring two trampolines, a diving board, a water slide, a 12-foot swing rope, a 12-foot climbing rope, and a 12-foot elevated jump deck, according to owner Brad Boggs. He said one of the trampolines can send people 20 feet into the air.
The first Jump Jam will be setting up near the Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet on Friday, April 6, according to Boggs. He said the Jump Jam will be set up at a U.S. Coast Guard-approved location out in the inlet. It is expected to be open to the public by May 1.
"It looks really cool; I'd definitely try it. With all the kayak and jet ski rentals, this will add something else for people to do," said visitor Derick Jones.
"It will be great for tourism in the city," said Sydney Petersen.
A similar attraction tried to come to the area two years ago, but it was denied by Georgetown County. A county spokesperson said the trampoline-type attraction wasn't approved because it was supposed to go up in the parking lot near the marina, not in the water.
Sarah and Sydney Peterson say while they won't be able to stick around and try the float during their vacation this time around, they may come back in the summer months just to give it a try.
"Even though the water might be cold now, in the summer it'd be awesome. I think it's just a great addition to the already awesome things you can do here," said Petersen.
Boggs said he is still in negotiations to bring two additional Jump Jam locations to the Grand Strand.
Thrill-seekers will be able to book time on the Jump Jam through the company's website, or directly at the Murrells Inlet marina. Boggs said they can book, pay and sign a waiver all online through their website. Booking will begin next week.
The company is also accepting resumes for a variety of seasonal positions, including licensed sea captains, lifeguards and hostesses. See this Facebook post for more information.
Boggs encouraged anyone interested in the new attractions to Like Jump Jam Jungle Floats of the Grand Strand on Facebook for updates.