Parasailing has been around for more than 25 years. An adventure sport and amusement ride in one; international competitions based on this activity have also been invented. The main object of parasailing is to be suspended up in the air, harnessed to a parachute, while being pulled by a motorboat. Parasailing can be done solo or with 2 other companions, if you don’t want to face the thrill alone. It can bring you to heights of up to 1,000 feet before you drift downwards until you touch the water and go back up into the air once more.
Parasailing has three different categories, beach, winchboat, and platform. These methods differ by the location in which the riders begin and finish the ride. In Florida, especially in Tampa Bay, winchboat parasailing is the most popular method, just as it represents more than 90% of commercial parasailing activities offered worldwide.
Pricing varies widely when it comes to parasailing services. Typically an eight to ten minute ride will cost you between $45 and $50 in Tampa Bay. You will find that water sport operators on beaches offer parasailing options. Some even include the activity in priced packages, allowing you great options to enjoy the sport. If you want to know where the best parasailing in Florida is, frequent online guides that feature fun and extreme sport activities and the best places to do them.
Here are some useful guidelines to maintain safety while parasailing:
1. Always wear a life vest during flight.
2. Don’t parasail in busy waters and with winds stronger than 15 mph.
3. Ask your operator for a briefing on safety instructions before taking off, to avoid accidents.
4. Choose a parasail operator that is experienced in the industry, preferably one that has a complete crew, from the boat driver, to the observer, ground crew, and safety release people.