How does it feel to sit in a dunk tank?Anyone here ever sit in a dunk tank before? I was curious as to what the experience is like.

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afi80fl eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The absolute worst part is if water gets up in your nose while you're falling in.  However, usually you can stand up with little to no effort at the bottom of it, so unless you allow yourself to squat down too far or else lean over too much upon entering the water, you really shouldn't have this problem. 

There are no towels, either.  I always wondered about this.  I don't mind getting my face wet, but I like to have a towel nearby in case the water gets in my eyes and starts to irritate them.  I was surprised I couldn't get a towel, but I guess that's part of the punishment. 

Also, it's much easier once you get dunked the first time.  After that, it's old hat.  Before that, though, you're getting hot in the sun, maybe a little sweaty, and the water will be cold the first time you fall in.  There's the nervous bit as well, as you're waiting and waiting, only to have people look at you, throw and miss, or just shout things at you and not pay to dunk you.  It takes a while sometimes, but it's usually for a worthy cause, right?

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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Sitting in a dunk tank is quite exciting, but there are things you have to consider for your "first time".

First, you will be in an enclosed space. I know this sounds silly, but the first time I got inside one I had some ridiculous flashback that probably didn't even happen. In other words, beware of enclosed spaces if you are ticky with them.

Second, you are not in control, the person outside the dunk tank is. So, if you are anxious about when you might or might not fall on the tank, get over it and realize its beyond you.

Third- If you are sharing a dunk tank remember to wash afterwards. I once did a dunk tank that had people going in rotation and by the time the last person got in the water it was filthy and nobody had the common sense to clean it prior.

On and all, its the MOST FUN under the sun you can have especially on a hot day when you really don't feel like helping out in the popcorn machine.


prospero eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's like dipping your bod in and out of the same bathwater for hours on end.  Hey if it's 100 degrees blazing outside and you're looking for some chill time, a dunk tank is right up your alley.  You just better take a real bath when it's all done.

Back in '96 I was the Samsung Dunk Tank representative at the Atlanta Olympics.  My boy Lance and I rocked that thing for 2 straight weeks.  Lance and I would take turns recruiting Olympic Village patrons to pay one dollar for three shots at a quick dunk.  While one of us would recruit, the other would sit on the platform and hoot and holler like a good dunk-tanker.

We had a hose and would change the water out from time to time.  Gotta keep it clean you know.  Fortunately on that blacktop pavement it was easily 100 degrees everyday and we made some serious cash and stayed cool doing it.  So I guess what I am saying is get paid, stay cool. Dig?

marilynn07 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
How does it feel to sit in a dunk tank?

Anyone here ever sit in a dunk tank before? I was curious as to what the experience is like.

When I was younger (much younger) I sat in the dunk Tank at the fair. It was ok during the day time hours when the sun was hot. But, at night, you really got chilled to the bone if you got wet and then had to sit out for a while. I remember shivvering if I was sitting on the bench at night.

I also remember that one time I got my hand pinched really bad because the mechanism wouldn't latch. It's not exactly a glamourous job.  I'd rather see a principal or coach on the bench. Ha!

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have done this before, and it's a lot of fun...especially if you are on shifts and know you won't be turning terminally "prune-y" forever.  I have always been a taunter, so it was great fun taunting the folks outside the tank to get them to take a chance on dunking me.  It was all for a good cause and the funds raised all went to children's cancer research.  I do second what everyone else has said, though.  Do be sure you clean yourself well afterward, and wouldn't be a bad idea to clean your perch before you sit on it.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
It's very suspenseful being in a dunk tank. You never know when you are going to go under. You might go for an hour without being dunked, and then get dunked several times in a row. It's all in good fun though, and everyone has a good time.
dianev | Student

It's a lot of fun. For me, it was kinda' like getting on a ride and an ammusment park. At first your nervous and excited, and once the targets hit you gasp in shock and the next thing you know you're underwater.
I love dunk tanks and try to go in one every chance I get, even if I don't plan on it!

sharon85 | Student
How does it feel to sit in a dunk tank?

Anyone here ever sit in a dunk tank before? I was curious as to what the experience is like.

I did a couple of weeks ago at work.  I am a bartender and we had a dunk tank for to dunk the a local radio station reps for charity.  After they were done some of the regulars got a pot up for me and another one of the girls I work with to get dunked.  As for the experience, it was fun but it sucked having to work the rest of the night in wet jeans.