What You Need to Know

We’ve sold closed cell float mats that float for years. Years ago we sold an 5’ x 6’ product to dock installers. They used them to float docks across the lake. It was an industrial product but our kids played on them. Neighbors saw them and the water pad was born.

In recent years we’ve sold more sophisticated products. The Lilly Pad®, The Maui Mat® and recently the Wave Pad®.
ALL WERE EXCELLENT close cell pads that float. Most of the mats are similar but when we designed our new 2017 pad, we incorporated high visibility colors (yellow and orange). We added an extra anchor point (2 on the 18’, one on each end). We were going to print our logo on the pad, but it added cost and we don’t believe we should advertise on your water pad.

A piece of closed cell foam that floats in the lake is a simple product. The foam pad/mat will support hundreds, or depending on the length, thousands of pounds. Simply put it in the lake then walk, jump, run, and have loads of fun on it. Kids and dogs love them, even non-swimmers (in life jackets) don’t seem afraid of the water on a floating pad/mat. They are more expensive than blow up air mattresses but last much longer. The only difficulty you’ll encounter with a closed cell foam water pad/mat is that sharp edges tend to cut or tear the foam. Last year we handled a product with a protective covering over the foam. In theory a coating seems like a great idea but our experience was unfavorable. The coating split and cracked, making it more unsightly than the small blemishes that naturally occur in the foam.

Most pad/mats are about 1 1/2” thick. The thicker the mat the more weight it will support. Even the thinnest mat will support a few children and adults. Most of the pads on the market are basically the same thing, closed cell foam pads about 1 1/2” thick. Why some cost more than others has more to do with middle-men’s profits than material cost.
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Anchoring Instructions
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1. Twist, and pull apart both plastic anchor ends. Insert the cap that does
not have the bungee rope attached to
it, into one of the holes located on
 one end of the Water Pad.
2. Flip the Water Pad over, and insert
the second cap into the mooring hole. Make sure to press and twist, and the
cap inserts will lock in place.
3. The bungee should now be hanging below the Water Pad. 4. Use the clip at the end of the bungee to attach to a weighted anchor for maximal anchoring stability.
What Size Do I Need?
Size is a consideration.  For some reason, most water pad/mats are 18’-20’. Many sellers assume that you have 10+ people who want to play. But the
18’-20’ size can make the water pad difficult to transport. You need a pick up or full size mini van with the seats folded down to haul it to the lake. If you want
to haul them to the sandbar they take up the front of a pontoon or stern of a cruiser. Our 9’ version has been a best seller because 9’ x 6’ is big enough for many families and easier to transport. The 9’ water pad is just right for a couple kids and an adult or two. We sold 8’ x 8’ aluminum and plastic swim floats for years and they were the perfect size for most families.
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In the past couple of years, some water pads have become thicker and thicker. It’s a way for sellers to differentiate their product and get you to pay more. There are 1.25” thick, 1.6” thick, and 2.3” thick variations. We only sell 1 1/4” thick mats. Our 9’ mat will support 8-10 children. Our 18’ pad will support 15+ children. It’s difficult to get enough kids on our water pad to fully submerge it. We tested them to 1200 lbs. but couldn’t get more weight to the lake. If you’re trying to raise a sunken ship with a water mat you might benefit from more floatation. But the thicker the pad the more it weights and the more difficult it is to roll and transport. If you're buying a water pad for your kids to play on, our 1 1/4” mat is perfect. We’ve sold it for 6 years without any problems.

Here’s a 18’ water pad being used with a pontoon boat. We’re showing this image to help you think about how to transport your Water Pad. There is plenty of front deck area on the boat to accommodate a rolled up 18’ pad; however, some of the newer boats don’t have this space. If you’re only going to have 3-4 people on the water pad, the 9’ might be easier to transport.
lifting a heavy 20 ft water pad 
Here’s a mom and son struggling with a 18’ water pad.
The six year old boy can't hold up his end.
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18' in the back of a Buick Enclave.  9' in the front of a pontoon. 18' on a cruiser.