The parasailing industry has recently given parasailing more restrictions, making it safer for everyone. If you’ve never been parasailing before, consider giving it a try. Here are a few tips to help prepare for the first trip out.
What is Parasailing?
Parasailing is a recreational sport in Destin FL where a person is pulled behind a boat while attached to a parachute, also called a parasail wing. A harness attaches the rider to the parasail, which is connected to the boat by a tow rope. The boat moves forward, making the rider sail up into the air. Usually, up to three people can parasail behind the boat at the same time.
What Kind of Equipment is Used?
There are only a few key pieces of equipment for parasailing, but understanding how they work before heading up in the sky will help you to feel more confident before the first ride. A lifejacket is important in case you end up in the water. Typically, parasailing takes place out in water that is quite deep. Riders who find themselves dropped into the water may need the support of a life jacket. Make sure it fits snugly around the chest.
Being somewhat like a swing seat, the body harness attaches to either end to the passenger tow bar. This is what riders will sit on to enjoy the peaceful, beautiful ride. The passenger tow bar is attached to the chute, which connects to the towline. The towline connects to the boat. The towline pulls the parasailer behind the boat.
How Do You Communicate?
Once a passenger is high in the air, they won’t be able to talk to the boat operators. Make sure to understand any hand signals or other signs that may be needed while in the sky. Some companies will have microphones, but be sure to know the hand signals in case there is a malfunction.
What Should the Weather Be Like?
Both the wind and the water need to be just right for good parasailing. Always check the weather before heading out to the boat. While windy conditions will allow the sail to stay aloft, it may also cause choppy waters, which makes the boat ride uncomfortable. Especially gusty winds and thunderstorms are also likely to keep the operation from going out at all, so be sure to call first if the weather looks questionable.
What are the Details?
Each company has different rules and regulations regarding riders, including weight and age limits. Often, parasailers must be at least 16 years or accompanied by an adult. If more than one rider goes up, the total weight is usually restricted to between 150 and 459 pounds. The same applies to individual riders. Remember, these are general guidelines, as it does vary by company.
Parasailing is an exciting activity to do on your next vacation. Remember to ask lots of questions and keep these tips in mind before a first big trip up in the air.