Parasailing – Extreme Adventure Tourism
Parasailing (Extreme Adventure Tourism) is a recreational activity that involves being towed behind a boat while attached to a parachute-like canopy. It is a thrilling and exciting way to experience the sensation of flight and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
Here’s a more detailed explanation of how parasailing works and what you can expect:
- Preparation: Before you start parasailing, you’ll need to sign a waiver and get fitted with a harness that attaches to the parasail canopy. You’ll also receive a safety briefing that covers the basics of parasailing, including how to properly position your body during takeoff and landing.
- Launch: Once you’re ready to go, you’ll board a boat that will take you out to the water. The boat will have a winch system that will slowly raise the parasail canopy into the air as the boat speeds up. As the canopy lifts you off the ground, you’ll feel a rush of adrenaline and a sense of weightlessness.
- Flight: Once you’re fully airborne, you’ll be able to take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Depending on where you’re parasailing, you may be able to see mountains, coastline, or cityscapes from a unique perspective. You’ll be flying at a height of anywhere from 100 to 500 feet, depending on the conditions and your level of experience.
- Landing: When it’s time to come back down to earth, the boat will slow down and the winch system will slowly lower you back to the deck. You’ll need to keep your feet up and your body in a seated position until you touch down. Once you’re safely on the boat, you’ll be able to unhook from the harness and take a moment to catch your breath.
Some additional information about parasailing:
- Parasailing is generally considered safe when done with a reputable company and under appropriate weather conditions. However, as with any activity involving height and speed, there is always some level of risk involved. Be sure to follow all safety instructions and wear appropriate gear, including a life jacket.
- Parasailing can be done solo or with a partner, depending on the size of the parasail canopy and the weight limits of the boat and equipment.
- Parasailing is typically offered as a tourist activity in coastal and waterfront areas around the world. Prices can vary depending on the location and the length of the ride, but expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $150 per person for a single parasailing experience.
- While parasailing is generally a calm and peaceful experience, some operators offer “thrill rides” that involve more extreme maneuvers and higher speeds. If you’re looking for an extra adrenaline rush, ask about these options when booking your parasailing excursion.