ASTM International

General Overview:

ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade and build consumer confidence.


The organization’s leadership in international standards development is driven by the contributions of its members: more than 30,000 of the world’s top technical experts and business professionals representing 140 countries. Working in an open and transparent process and using ASTM’s advanced IT infrastructure, ASTM International members create the test methods, specifications, classifications, guides and practices that support industries and governments worldwide.


Background Information Specific To The Water Leisure Industry:

ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices was formed in 1978. F24 meets twice a year, usually in February and October, with approximately 350 members from around the world attending two or three days of technical meetings.

The F24 Committee, with current membership of approximately 1,000 members representing 26 countries, currently has jurisdiction of 19 standards, published in the “Annual Book of ASTM Standards,” Volume 15.07. The latest edition of the standards managed by the F24 Committee was released in November 2018 and is available to purchase. These standards have and continue to play a preeminent role in all aspects important to amusement rides and devices. Specific standards of note for amusement rides and devices are:

F770-21 Standard Practice for Ownership, Operation, Maintenance, and Inspection of Amusement Rides and Devices

Within ASTM Committee F24 are a dozen subcommittees, which address specific segments within the general subject area covered by the technical committee. ASTM F24.70 specifically focus on Water Related Amusement Rides and Devices.

There are four existing standards that were created under the F24.70 Subcommittee:

F2376-21a Standard Practice for Classification, Design, Manufacture, Construction, and Operation of Water Slide Systems

F2461-20a Standard Practice for Manufacture, Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of Aquatic Play Equipment

F3133-21 Standard Practice for Classification, Design, Manufacture, Construction, Maintenance, and Operation of Stationary Wave Systems

F3158-21 Standard Practice for Patron Transportation Conveyors Used with a Water Related Amusement Ride or Device

These standards are available to purchase from ASTM International for as little as $57. Click on each standard title to find more information about pricing and how to purchase an ASTM standard.

Latest News:

In addition to existing standards, there are two proposed new standards currently being reviewed by the Subcommittee:

WK75193  Classification, Design, Manufacture, Construction, Maintenance, and Operation of Wave Generation Equipment within Surf Venues

WK72594  Standard Practice for obtaining Acceleration Data on Water Slide Systems Using Human Test Subjects

Call To Action:

WWA encourages waterpark professionals to join ASTM International and participate on a Technical Committee. For as little as $75, you can join as a Participating Member, which gives you a variety of benefits including the ability to vote on new standards and on revisions to existing standards and receive regular updates on new standards that  can impact your business on a daily basis.

Useful Links:

To learn more about ASTM membership, click here.

To learn more about the F24 Committee on Amusement Rides and Devices, click here.

To review all standards and subcommittees found under the jurisdiction of the F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices, click here.