This is the only entry on our list that isn’t in one particular park. It belongs here because, from start to finish, it’s completely insane.
Short for “Suspended Catch Air Device,” SCAD Dives basically involve taking a person and suspending them 150 feet in the air, dropping them without any kind of tether, and allowing them to fall into a net suspended roughly 50 feet above the ground.
The rides have a long history of mishaps, like people being dropped without the net in place to catch them, and some even missing the safety net completely.
7. Action Park Kayak Experience
Vernon, New Jersey
Closed in 1982
The folks at Action Park in Vernon, New Jersey (yes, the same guys who gave us the Cannonball Loop) decided to offer their guests a real-life whitewater kayaking experience, without the actual whitewater rapids. Things didn’t exactly work out as planned.
A patron was electrocuted and died after he touched an exposed electrical wire while trying to gain control of his capsized kayak. “What were exposed electrical wires doing in an amusement park water ride,” you ask? Turns out the easiest way to emulate the wild rapids and ephemeral exhilaration of whitewater kayaking was to use giant electric fans to stir up the rapid currents.