Swimming Safety Strategies for Indoor Waterparks, Pools, and Beaches

Water is everywhere. Playing in water can be fun, if you do not do it properly can be dangerous, especially for young children. Knowing different swimming safety strategies, can not only keep you safe the next time you take a dip, but keep those closest to you safe, such as your children. Swimming safety is important to know so when you go to your favorite indoor waterpark, WaTiki Indoor Waterpark, you can focus on things that matter most: having fun with your family.

Our first strategy for swimming safety is to always be attentive to your children when they are in the water. Giving children your undivided attention will allow you to be aware of whatever they are doing in the water and also help you be able to give them rules while they play, like no diving into the pool or no running along the sides of the pool. It also helps you be able to participate in your child’s fun at the indoor waterpark, because you can even participate with them by going down the slides or by splashing around with them.

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Another important strategy for swimming safety is to never swim alone! Always have a buddy system set up when your child swims. Having a buddy is important, even when an adult or lifeguard is watching your children swim.

Always ensure that everyone in your family that is getting in the water knows how to swim. Swim lessons are a great way for children to learn how to swim properly in the water and gain confidence in many different types of bodies of water from indoor waterparks, to oceans, lakes, or personal swimming pools.

For those children that are very young or not quite great at swimming, have your child wear a life jacket, or even “floaties”. This is not so you will not have to supervise them, but it will allow them to be comfortable in the water and able to practice swimming with you and your family. This is a great strategy for swimming safety!

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Before going swimming or taking a day at the indoor waterpark, your family should have a set of swimming safety rules. These rules can be anything from every so often you take a break and relax out of the water, that you must ask permission to get into the water, or even there will be no breath holding contests. By setting up rules and guidelines with your children, you can ensure swimming safety no matter where you are swimming!

Following these swimming safety guidelines are important when you want to have a splashing good time with your children in the water! WaTiki Indoor Waterpark is the largest indoor waterpark in the Dakotas and the spot for family fun! We offer fun slides for kids of all ages and amazing areas for smaller children to play in. Adults can relax in the hot tub, float down the lazy river, and spend time with their children in all areas of our indoor waterpark. For more information on our indoor waterpark call us at (877) 545-2897.

Spring Break: Staycation in the Black Hills

With higher temperatures and a sun that is peeking around grey clouds, many of us are anticipating spring and summer time! One exciting time which many children and families alike look forward to is Spring Break, where they get a “break” from school during the spring. This time is usually about a week, but allows for children to rest and those in college often make travel plans to warmer climates to celebrate a break from school. Spring break can be a hectic travel time, with hard to book planes, crowded “hot-spots”, and expensive prices on everything. Instead of wasting time traveling this year, why not have a staycation in the Black Hills? A staycation in the Black Hills is a great way to have fun, save money, and experience awesome Rapid City attractions you may not have time to do normally!

WaTiki Indoor Waterpark

One top Rapid City attraction that you won’t want to miss on your staycation in the Black Hills, is WaTiki Indoor Waterpark! With 30,000 square feet of pools, slides, and splashing fun, WaTiki is the largest indoor waterpark in the Dakotas and is sure to be an adventure for every family member! This waterpark is enclosed by glass, has a newly renovated arcade, and is close to the always-yummy Sliders Bar & Grill. If you stay at one of the two hotels attached, Fairfield Inn and Suites or La Quinta Inn and Suites you can get 5 passes for only $29.95 for a full day of swimming adventures! WaTiki Indoor Waterpark also offers a military discount!

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Reptile Gardens

Another hot spot for Rapid City attractions is Reptile Gardens! This is an oasis filled with lush vegetation, breathtaking gardens, and stunning tropical flowers. This place is also filled with creatures of all sorts! Take a peek at one of the largest collections of reptiles in the world! Snap a photo of one of the baby gators, learn more about bugs, or hop around with some of the always fun amphibians. You can even get up close to the Prairie Dog City or check out the rescued Bald Eagle, Cheyenne! This Rapid City attraction is the perfect addition to your family’s staycation in the Black Hills!

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Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Whether you want a jam-packed adventure through the Black Hills or a scenic relaxing experience, this Rapid City attraction is a great adventure for your staycation in the Black Hills. Although Rushmore Tramway Adventures has been around almost as long as the Mount Rushmore National monument, nothing here is “old”! This exciting destination offers an alpine slide and zipline to descend the mountain at high speeds, an aerial park with a ropes course for climbers of all skill-levels, scenic smooth riding chairlifts to take in the nature around you, and of course there are beautiful gardens and hiking trails for those that want to take in the adventure on land! Experience the breathtaking outdoors and put a little adventure in your staycation in the Black Hills!

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These are just some of the fantastic Rapid City attractions that you and your family can experience during your staycation in the Black Hills, this year for spring break! Having a staycation in the Black Hills is a great way to not only have an adventure in your own backyard, but save money, and experience all that the Black Hills has to offer with the many Rapid City attractions!

ISIS Gives Back – With The Help of the Community Makes a Splash!

ISIS Gives Back 2014 made waves February 8th at WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort featuring Fairfield Inn & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and Sliders Bar & Grill. ISIS Gives Back raised over $40,000 with the support of the Black Hills community which will be donated to 12 local charities and organizations in the Black Hills.

One day of the year, ISIS Gives Back selects numerous ISIS properties to allocate 100% of all gross sales to that year’s beneficiaries. In the last five years, ISIS has contributed more than $200,000 to worthy causes in the area.

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This year over $40,000 was raised by the community to go to beneficiaries which included Soccer Rapid City, Rapid City BMX Fund, Box Elder BMX Raceway, Front Porch Coalition, Arete Foundation in memory of Kevin Morsching, St. Thomas More’s Scott Grimsrud Scholarship, Northern Hills Alliance for Children, Destination Rapid City, Ranchers Relief Fund, Corner Stone Rescue Mission, Rapid City Club for Boys, and Storybook Island.

The Arete Foundation in memory of Kevin Morsching has participated in ISIS Gives Back since 2009, when the first ISIS Gives Back event helped to establish the Arete Morsching Scholarship. According to Kim Morsching, founder of the Arete Foundation, the proceeds contribute to four scholarships given annually in memory of her son, Kevin Morsching.

In addition to participating as a beneficiary, Morsching and her family attend ISIS Gives Back every year.
“I think it’s an amazing event that allows families to spend a lot of time together AND the proceeds go to local organizations,” said Morsching.

Caleb Arceneaux, ISIS Hospitality CEO, commented, “We feel that it is very important that all of us embrace the idea of giving back and contributing to the community in which we live.”

ISIS Hospitality thanks the community’s support for raising over $40,000 for local charities. Without your support, ISIS Hospitality could not have made such an amazing difference.

ISIS Hospitality Gives Back to the Black Hills

ISIS Gives Back 2014 will make waves February 8th at WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort featuring Fairfield Inn & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and Sliders Bar & Grill. Aiming to raise more than $55,000, ISIS Hospitality plans to donate the proceeds to 12 local charities and organizations.

One day of the year, ISIS Gives Back selects numerous ISIS properties to allocate 100% of all gross sales to that year’s beneficiaries. In the last five years, ISIS has contributed more than $200,000 to worthy causes in the area.

This year beneficiaries include Soccer Rapid City, Rapid City BMX Fund, Box Elder BMX Raceway, Front Porch Coalition, Arete Foundation in memory of Kevin Morsching, St. Thomas More’s Scott Grimsrud Scholarship, Northern Hills Alliance for Children, Destination Rapid City, Ranchers Relief Fund, Corner Stone Rescue Mission, Rapid City Club for Boys, and Storybook Island.

Making a splash, the overarching effects of ISIS Gives Back 2014 will reach the community in a number of ways from providing meals at the Club for Boys to healthy outlets and activities for the community to educating students about suicide prevention and coping with a loss due to suicide.

According to Megan Whitman, Executive Director of Main Street Square, and Dan Senftner, President and CEO of Destination Rapid City, the proceeds will allow numerous outreach non-profit groups with a limited budget to ice skate at Main Street Square. “Without that support, these events wouldn’t be able to go through,” said Whitman.

“It’s an all encompassing way to give to a lot of people and a lot of groups all at once,” explained Whitman. “This year’s proceeds will impact individuals, groups, and local merchants downtown. The overall footprint it leaves in our community is tremendous.”

The Arete Foundation in memory of Kevin Morsching has participated in ISIS Gives Back since 2009, when the first ISIS Gives Back event helped to establish the Arete Morsching Scholarship. According to Kim Morsching, founder of the Arete Foundation, the proceeds contribute to four scholarships given annually in memory of her son, Kevin Morsching.

In addition to participating as a beneficiary, Morsching and her family attend ISIS Gives Back every year.

“I think it’s an amazing event that allows families to spend a lot of time together AND the proceeds go to local organizations,” said Morsching.

Caleb Arceneaux, ISIS Hospitality CEO, commented, “We feel that it is very important that all of us embrace the idea of giving back and contributing to the community in which we live.”

Established in 2009, the ISIS Gives Back Fund is a component fund of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation. Their mission is to raise dollars to support local charities.

Mary Beth Seamands
Director of Sales and Marketing
Isis Hospitality LLC
marybeth@isishospitalityllc.com
605-939-5377 cell

New Arcade at WaTiki Waterpark

WaTiki Indoor Waterpark has the best slides and top-notch aquatic fun, and now WaTiki Indoor Waterpark has a newly revamped arcade! The new arcade at WaTiki Waterpark features top of the line arcade technology, where players will slide their reloadable cards filled with “gallons” of fun!

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The new arcade is featuring 30 all new games, where there is something for everyone in the entire family to play. Games range from Big Bass Wheel, Sno Cross, Air Hockey, Temple Run, Fruit Ninja, to even Connect 4! Not only have the games been updated in the new arcade, but so has the entire redemption center where awesome prizes can be redeemed from the games you play.

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Slide on in to WaTiki Waterpark for the fun and excitement of our new arcade, the place to be for games!

ISIS Hospitality to hold sixth annual Isis Gives Back event for Black Hills organizations

ISIS Hospitality, L.L.C., has announced that it will once again be holding Isis Gives Back in order to benefit various local charities. On Saturday, February 8, 2014, the WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort and its premiere hotels, the Fairfield Inn and Suites and LaQuinta Inn and Suites, including Sliders Bar and Grill, will donate 100% of gross sales to designated beneficiaries.

The recipients of this year’s event are:

Soccer Rapid City
RC BMX Fund at BHACF
Box Elder BMX Raceway
Front Porch Coalition
ARETE Foundation – Kevin Morsching
STM – Scott Grimsrud Scholarship
Northern Hills Alliance for Children
Destination Rapid City
Ranchers Relief
Corner Stone Rescue Mission
Rapid City Boys Club
Story Book Island

By simply enjoying time together at a hotel, restaurant, or water park, families will be giving back to the Black Hills community through ISIS Hospitality, L.L.C.

If you would like to be a part of this special day, reservations can be made online at www.rapidcityfairfield.com or www.rapidcitylaquinta.com. If you prefer, you may call 1-866-928-4543.

ISIS Hospitality, LLC is a full service hospitality company that manages the WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort (including the Fairfield Inn & Suites, LaQuinta & Suites and Sliders Bar & Grill), AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Rapid City and Deadwood, Country Inn & Suites, The Hotel Alex Johnson, Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort and Tin Lizzie Casino & Restaurant. For more details on ISIS Hospitality, L.L.C. or ISIS Gives Back, please visit www.isishospitalityllc.com.

WaTiki Waterpark: New Year’s Eve Bash!

Dive into the year 2014 at the biggest family bash happening at WaTiki Waterpark’s New Year’s Eve Party! Overnight packages for this special event start at just $129! Overnight packages include a room, waterpark passes for 5 people, $30 food credit to the delicious Sliders Bar & Grill, and 20 arcade tokens! Love the WaTiki Waterpark? Have fun at WaTiki Waterpark year round when you receive Annual Swim Passes for ½ price with a purchase of the WaTiki Waterpark’s New Year’s Eve package!

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The WaTiki Waterpark’s New Year’s Eve Party starts at 9pm on Tuesday, December 31st. Besides being hosted at the fun WaTiki Waterpark filled with slides, pools, and other swim fun; the night will have music from Hot 93.1, cash bar with extended hours, kid movie showing, balloon drop at midnight, and awesome giveaways throughout the party!

Don’t want the party to end on New Year’s Eve? Stay on New Year’s Day for only $20.14! Now that’s a deal!

Call 866-928-4543 today to book your New Year’s Eve fun at WaTiki Waterpark!

Health Benefits of Swimming

Taking a dip in the pool is not only a great way to relax, have fun, but there are many health benefits of swimming. Reaping the health benefits of swimming at WaTiki Waterpark has never been easier with our pools, lazy river, and even fun slides! WaTiki Waterpark is the perfect destination for you to have fun with your family and receive all the health benefits of swimming.

Improve Flexibility
One of the many great health benefits of swimming is that it actively improves your flexibility. When you swim at WaTiki Waterpark, you are actively using all of the muscles in your body instead of just one like you would using a machine at a gym. This allows for ligaments and joints to stay worked and flexible. Swimming allows you to stretch to legs, torso, back, neck, and of course arms with each paddle through the water.

Increase Strength
Swimming is a great way to increase your strength. Gaining muscle tone is another one of the excellent health benefits of swimming. Due to the increased density of water, every kick and arm stroke has to work extra hard against it, creating resistance. By working out with resistance you can gain overall strength much quicker than without.

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Low Impact
Another one of the many health benefits of swimming is that it is a low impact sport. Swimming at WaTiki Waterpark allows you to protect your joints and not put stress on your bones. This is opposite of running which can be hard on your feet, joints, and leg bones from the pressure of impact. Swimming and water aerobics is even suggested to those who suffer from arthritis as a great way to workout but not injure their bodies more. Swimming is also a great way to stay active even if you are injured because it is so low impact.

Healthy Heart and Lower Cholesterol

Swimming also has the health benefits of improving the health of your heart and helps you lower your cholesterol. Your heart is the most important muscle in your body and swimming is a great way to keep your heart healthy. Swimming not only helps your heart because it is an aerobic exercise but because it helps your heart pump more blood while you are doing it, improving overall blood flow. The working out of your arteries keeps your heart fit and working properly. Not only can it keep your heart healthy, but swimming has been known to lower cholesterol and help balance out “bad cholesterol”, or LDL cholesterol.

These health benefits of swimming are top-notch for keeping you the healthiest you can be. There are many different health benefits of swimming and these are just some. Come take a dive at WaTiki Waterpark and experience the health benefits of swimming. For more information on the great swimming opportunities at WaTiki Waterpark call (877) 545-2897.

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What’s the best way to cool off and beat the summer heat? Here at WaTiki Indoor Waterpark, we are firm believers that nothing beats zipping down a water slide and plummeting into an ice cold pool! Waterparks have been a popular past time in the summer months and with the evolution of indoor waterparks, now you can keep having your water fun year-round. Since waterparks and indoor waterparks have gained popularity, let’s take a look at the exciting history of waterparks.

History of Waterparks
In the 1940s, America started to see a surge of waterparks. While it is quite difficult to track down the “first” waterpark, it is agreed upon that George Millay, was the man to take waterparks to new heights of popularity. George Millay was the creative idea behind Sea World and then in 1977 opened “Wet N’ Wild” in Orlando, Florida. After Millay introduced this waterpark, other waterparks started popping up throughout America featuring large slides ending in deep pools of blue. Then in the early 1980s, American waterparks started looking for inspiration to expand past slides and introduced lazy rivers from Asian waterparks and wave pools from European waterparks. For his contributions to the popularity of waterparks, George Millay was donned “Father of Waterparks” and given a lifetime achievement award in 2004 by the World Waterpark Association.

Evolution of Indoor Waterparks

Not only can you enjoy a waterpark outdoors, but indoor waterparks have gained popularity over the years. Indoor waterparks allow for fun any season and no matter the weather. The first indoor waterpark was built in Canada in 1985 in a mall. This first indoor waterpark opened the door for more indoor waterparks to break ground throughout the world. Indoor waterparks has allowed for places where an outdoor waterpark would not function like hotels, malls, or even ski resorts to cater to their guests and give them more options for fun.

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Waterparks Now

Today waterparks can be found all over the world with all kinds of features to add to the fun and excitement. Waterparks can be found not only at amusement parks but hotels, on cruise ships, and malls due to the evolution of indoor waterparks. Currently, there are over 1,200 waterparks in America and in the summer of 2012 over 85 million people went to a waterpark in North America.

WaTiki Indoor Waterpark

WaTiki Indoor Waterpark is the largest indoor waterpark in the Dakotas at 30,000 square feet of water-land fun! WaTiki Indoor Waterpark has been named one of the coolest indoor waterparks by Travel + Leisure. Currently WaTiki Waterpark boasts all kinds of indoor fun with slides, hot tubs, lazy rivers, and activity pools. WaTiki Indoor Waterpark is not stopping there and is looking forward to the expansion of their indoor waterpark to a whopping 70,000 square feet. WaTiki Waterpark will feature a looped slide and even a swim-bar with large projection screens so you will never miss your favorite televised event! WaTiki Waterpark is taking indoor waterpark fun to a new level and will ensure fun for the whole family, no matter the time of the year.

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WaTiki Waterpark has been named one of the top indoor waterparks in America by Travel + Leisure!

As the largest indoor waterpark in the Dakotas, WaTiki Waterpark currently boasts a 30,000 square foot water world of family fun. Open year round, it is the place to be, especially as expansions make WaTiki Waterpark the premiere spot for birthday celebrations, reunions, and entertainment. The all glass enclosed structure allows for year round tanning when you aren’t relaxing in the hot tubs, racing down the Funky Frog Slide, or zipping down the Maui’s Body Slide. The expansions will feature the Aqualoop which will drop guests 50 ft before soaring them through a loop at 37 mph, the Banzai slide which will launch guests 35 mph, and above pool projection screens so guests can enjoy the water while watching their favorite televised sports and events!

To read more about how WaTiki Waterpark is one of the coolest waterparks in America check out:
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-coolest-indoor-water-parks/18