There’s no question, dunk tanks are fun! So many people find it hard to resist the temptation to try their hand at knocking the dunkee off their seat and into the water. It’s no wonder they’re popular for fundraisers and warm-weather events.
It is important to train everyone involved in running the dunk tank and those being dunked to reduce the potential for injury. An important note is that the dunkee should keep their hands free, not touching any part of the dunk tank assembly. Before you use this equipment, please read all manufacturer warnings and instructions. Your local, ARA-affiliated rental store professional can provide you with complete instructions.
A dunk tank is fairly straightforward in it’s design. There is a target which, when hit, triggers the dunking mechanism which releases the seat so the dunkee falls into the water. The seat is positioned above a tank that holds hundreds of gallons of water. The tank has a clear panel for a good view when the dunkee is under water. A barrier protects the dunkee from any stray balls and material behind the target helps ease ball retrieval.
For transportation, dunk tanks are often able to be towed to their destination, however some dunk tanks are able to be assembled and disassembled on location.
Frequently asked questions
How does a dunk tank work?
Dunk tanks work when a target hit triggers the dunking mechanism that releases the seat the dunkee is on. Gravity then causes the dunkee to fall into the water.
Is there a weight limit for dunk tanks?
There are weight limits for dunk tanks. The weight limit on most dunk tanks ranges from 100 to 250 pounds.
How long does it take to fill a dunk tank?
To fill a dunk tank it takes approximately 15-20 minutes for each 100 gallons. For a 500 gallon dunk tank it would take approximately an hour and a half. The time is dependent on the water pressure at the location.
How do you drain a dunk tank?
There are primarily two methods to drain a dunk tank. If the location can handle the amount of water, the water can be released on site. If the water needs to be taken elsewhere, a submersible pump can be used to transfer the water elsewhere.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your dunk tank needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.