Parasail FAQs


Parasailing Orange Beach Alabama Gulf Shores.

Parasail FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q: Do I need any prior experience to parasail?

A: No, if you can walk onto our parasail boat, and if you can sit down, you should be able to Parasail.


Q: How does the whole thing work? Do we have to get wet?

A: Each Parasail boat has a self contained launch and recovery system on the boat. You simply take off and land directly from the back of the boat. You don’t have to get wet. Getting wet can be half the fun. We do offer touch ‘n go’s, where we slow down and touch your toes in the water.


Q: Are there any restrictions on weight?

A: Our minimum weight to fly alone is around 125 lbs., but it does increase and decrease throughout the day. The maximum combined weight is approximately 450-500 lbs., but it also goes up and down throughout the day. Wind and weather conditions change and will determine if individuals can fly single or (tandem) together, or a triple.


Q: Are there any age restrictions to parasail?

A: Anyone under 18 yrs must have an adult signature on the waiver.


Q: How long is each trip?

A: Each flight is 7 – 9 minutes long flying. The whole adventure will take about 30 minutes from the beach or about an hour from our dock location, once you get on the boat.


Q: Can two people fly together?  What about three people?

A: Yes, most of our customers fly together as a tandem. We can also fly a triple depending on weight.


Q: How high do we go up when we fly?

A: The basic flight is 400 feet of line, our medium flight is 600 feet of line, and our extreme flight is 1000 feet of line.  Each flight you can expect to go up in the air about half the length of the line.


Q: Are there sharks in the water that might bite me?

A: No one parasailing has ever been attacked by a shark or any other fish. Parasailing takes place on the Gulf of Mexico, and sharks do live in the Gulf, but, we can confidently say they have never been interested in parasailing.


Q: What happens if the tow line snaps or the boat breaks down?

A: To ensure this never happens, we insist on a rigorous maintenance program for all our equipment. In the unlikely event of problems with the boat or tow line, the parasail would gently float down and you would gentle land in the water.


Q: What kind of training does it take to become a Captain?

A: Each of our captain’s have a Masters license from the United States Coast Guard. It takes a minimum of two years of “sea-time” just to be eligible for this exam. Each year of sea-time takes about 18 months working as a full-time crew member or deckhand.


Q: What if I am pregnant?

A: Unfortunately our Insurance will not allow anyone that is pregnant to parasail or even go on the boat as an observer. Please come back and fly with us at a later time.


Q: What if I have back, neck or spinal injuries.

A: Unfortunately do to the bumpy-ness of the boat ride we do not suggest you parasail or ride along as an observer, if your problems are serious.


Q: What if we are physically challenged, can we parasail?

A: That depends on each individual’s abilities. To fly you must get onto the boat.. Once onboard the Parasail boat you will be harnessed up and will need to walk about 10 feet to the flight deck while climbing up 3 steps. If you can manage these steps on your own, you can Parasail. Our crew can assist passengers in most handicap situation’s.


Q: Can we take a camera on the boat or up in the air?

A: Please feel free to bring a camera or a video camera on the boat. However, we only allow waterproof or disposable camera up in flight, for obvious reasons. For the best pictures and memories, we strongly recommend purchasing our camera package and let our professional’s take the high quality pictures while flying.


Q: What should I wear parasailing?

A: We suggest since the air and ocean temperatures are so warm that you come prepared to fly in your bathing suit. You may wear your tux or evening gown if you prefer.


Q: Are reservations recommended?

A: Yes, due to the popularity of parasailing, and limited space available, we suggest making your reservations 1-3 days in advance.


Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: We require 24 hours notice of a cancellation for a complete refund.


Q: Is there a photo package we can purchase?

A: Yes, we have a camera with 12X the optical zoom and 6.0 Megapixels. This package includes 25-30  pictures of your flight(s).

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