Barrett Byers

Hydro Adventures

General Manager

Barrett Byers is currently the General Manager at Hydro Adventures, a family entertainment center and seasonal waterpark in Southeast Missouri. He started his career in the amusement park industry in 1996 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. While attending Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia, he was hired as a ride host at a college job fair. This sparked his interest in amusement and waterparks that would continue to grow and set the stage for his career. During his second season at Cedar Point, Byers joined the aquatic technician crew and was later promoted to seasonal leadership. Just after graduating from college, and while attending his first of 16 International Aquatic Safety School sessions, he was offered a full-time position at Cedar Point. As area manager of Challenge Park, he oversaw its many amusements and attractions, including the Sky Coaster, go-kart tracks, 32-hole mini-golf course, six hotel pools and spas, a mile-long beach, a petting zoo, and the newly expanded Soak City. Byers has the distinction of being part of the management team that opened Cedar Point’s first indoor waterpark, Castaway Bay. Shortly after marrying his wife, Elisa, he was offered the position of operations manager at Knott’s Soak City in Palm Springs, California, a position he held for nine years. He was promoted to general manager when the park changed to Wet ‘n Wild Palm Springs. He worked at that location for an additional 18 months before accepting the maintenance manager position at Raging Waters Sacramento. In this role, Byers was involved with numerous capital projects, was liaison to the California Department of Safety and Health, and assisted upper management with the daily difficulties involved in running an aging water park. Amidst this fulfilling opportunity, Byers decided to accept an offer from Hydro Adventures in Southeast Missouri as general manager. At Hydro Adventures, he has been instrumental in every aspect of operations and maintenance. During his tenure, the park has added seven amusement rides including 2 rollercoasters, laser tag, 40 game arcade, and a tropical themed bar. Byers is a CPO, AFO, Ellis and Associates Instructor Trainer, NAARSO Level 1 inspector, and AIMS Amusement ride and device level 1 inspector. Over the course of his career, Byers has been an enthusiastic and dedicated manager. He takes great pride in the fact that at least 12 of his past employees now work full-time as managers or above in the amusement park industry.