Dunk tanks, also referred to as dunking tanks or dunk booths, are acrylic stands holding a large amount of water, above which there is a seat. Dunk tanks are major attractions in fairs, festivals, air shows, music festivals, fundraisers, and personal parties. This is an arrangement used for playing a type of ball game, which is the ultimate amusement for generating high income at carnivals. Near the tank is a bull’s-eye style target, connected to the seat in the dunk tank.
The dunk tanks game needs two people, a dunkee who sits on the seat above the tank of water, and a dunker who tries to hit the target with softballs or tennis balls. When the dunker succeeds in hitting the target, the seat will flip downwards and the dunkee drops into the tank of water. The dunkee usually wears normal clothing or swimwear. Many wear some sort of footwear, as footwear decreases the chances of slipping.
At most carnivals, adults take the role of the dunkee and kids act as dunkers. The dunk tank, when filled with water, is at least 4-5 ft deep, so all dunkees are usually required to be at least 4 ft tall and should know how to swim. The game stipulates that the dunkee should hold his breath when the dunker is throwing the ball. This helps the dunkee to avoid getting water into his/her nose, if the target is hit and the seat falls down.
This water game is an all time favorite at any event. Depending on the size and model, the dunk tank’s price ranges from $2000 to $4000. If the dunk tanks are rented, the cost will be somewhere in-between $500 and $800 per day. A typical dunk can be easily set up by one person, and is easy to maintain, as well as easy to operate. If necessary, though, the renter could consider hiring an assistant.