On the surface, parasailing looks like it’s an activity reserved for the bold. Some people see it as an adrenaline-pumping adventure made for those who enjoy roller coasters, bungee jumping, and other thrill-seeking activities.
However, parasailing is actually a gentle and serene experience. Once you’re up in the air, you softly glide along, taking in the beautiful scenery around you. There’s no free fall involved, like with skydiving. It’s as close to flying as humans can get, and is something that is best enjoyed with a big group of people.
If you and your friends are ready for an unforgettable parasailing experience, check out our guide on how to be ready for your trip.
How Parasailing Works
Parasailing is when a person is strapped to a parachute, gliding through the air, while a vehicle tows them along. Most people envision a boat, but even a car or truck can tow a parasailer. In Europe, this kind of land-based parasailing is even a competitive sport.
Preparing to Parasail
There is little preparation needed before parasailing for your first time. However, it’s a good idea to know what to expect.
The most intimidating part of parasailing is the height. The best parasailing experience is achieved from a few hundred feet in the air. Don’t worry, you will not fall out of your harness, and you can sit back and relax.
If you are nervous, communicate that to your guides. They will make the experience as peaceful and serene as possible. If you want some more thrills, they can work in some exciting boat maneuvers for you.
When to Parasail
The best weather for parasailing is usually in the early morning hours. However, weather conditions like fog can affect what time you can get out on the water. Additionally, the sun is strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM, so please come prepared with sunscreen.
What to Bring
The most important things to prepare are appropriate clothing and sun protection.
For appropriate clothing, just make sure to wear secure bottoms, as most parasailing companies will dip you in the water as they reel you in. For men or women, this could look like swim trunks with a tie. You may also consider wearing a rash guard to limit your sun exposure.
You will be up in the air for a while, so sun protection is key. Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 30. You will likely also be in the boat for a while, so make sure to have your sunscreen on hand to reapply.
Parasailing with Your Friends
Parasailing is an activity that is best enjoyed by a large group of people. The good news is, parasailing is designed to be enjoyed by everyone on the boat, so don’t be afraid to bring your friends.
Our company, for example, offers the choice to be a flyer or an observer. A boat rental is involved, so the cost is split between the participants.
Parasailing in Destin
Parasailing with your friends is a common activity in Florida. However, this is not an activity one should try on their own. Make sure to hire a professional parasailing service to ensure a safe but unforgettable experience.
To find out more about our parasailing services, don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.