After Percy the Pelican‘s tragic demise and the Morey’s dissolution of their Raging Waters partnerships in Salt Lake City, which Morey Development of New Jersey operated from the early 1980s until December 1992 along with yet another Raging Waters in San Jose, our Raging Waters Waterparks inherited this mascot.
The gator is Safe Sam, Raging Waters’ first mascot. Sam wore a lifeguard shirt and hat and a whistle around his neck. The idea behind Safe Sam was to promote water safety to kids in a fun way that they could relate to.
Safe Sam couldn’t speak, of course, so his escorts did the talking while he relayed safety messages with hand gestures. He advised kids to:
- Go swimming with others and use the buddy system, especially if there are no lifeguards on duty.
- Always know the rules and listen to the lifeguards.
- Wear a life vest for extra protection.
- Know how deep the water is and never venture into deeper water than you can manage.
Safe Sam was played by a staff member who spent many seasons as a lifeguard and supervisor in the waterparks before becoming a member of management who remains a valuable member of our team today!
On a sort of related note, see that little girl with the coke bottle glasses and the big ears? That’s me (check out my awesome Shark watch. What ever happened to those?).
I guess there’s something about Morey’s that pulls you in one summer and keeps your here for the long haul, in a good way, of course. From mascot to management: you really never know where opportunities will come from!