Joe's Job: Water Country USA ride operator


by Joe Flanagan, 13News

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 4 at 12:27 PM

WILLIAMSBURG--  The ride is called "Meltdown" and it takes you down a refreshing river of soaking wet coolness at Water Country USA in Williamsburg.

There are over 80 ride operators covering 5 different zones at the park.   Ride attendants are stationed at the bottom of "Meltdown."   Joe was at the top of the slide, training with Jeff Crantson and Alex Grinsell.

Grinsell is a sophomore at the College of William and Mary.  She is a trained lifeguard and says the job is perfect.  "I spend most of my time at a pool, might as well make it a fun one," Grinsell said. 

Joe's mission was to grab the three-man raft and help the guests hop in. He waits for the green light and sends them on their way.

"In the sun, getting a tan, talking to people, not really hard labor," said Cranston.

While Joe was launching another raft of fun and sun seekers, Terrence Mack was keeping an extra eye out by the lagoon in our Zone 5.

"I just kind of watch over the zone and report back to my supervisor about things so guests can have a great time," said Mack.

Joe said it's a job that makes you feel good because you are making other people happy.

"We were going up and we thought it was going to be slow and we didn't think we would like it. And then, next thing you know, we were going down and having a great time. It was fun," said rider Brandon Sand.

"I thought it was a lot of fun. It definitely went a lot faster having him in the back. And at the end you just get dunked in the water and I wasn't expecting that at all," said rider Jackie Ross.

So how would Joe do as an assistant ride operator at Water Country USA?

"I think you'd fit right in. We'd love to have you work here anytime you want come on back," concluded supervisor Chase Grogg.