Jan 18, 2020

What to Expect From Your Parasailing Experience

West Palm Beach boasts a breathtaking waterfront, world-class shopping and entertainment, scenic historic neighborhoods, and plenty of outdoor recreation. Southern Florida is home to some of the best beaches, and in the Palm Beaches, there are 30 beach parks spanning 47 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. 

Water activities can be experienced everywhere, from snorkeling and diving to canoeing and paddle boarding. For a more extreme activity, consider the popular parasailing. For the first time rider, gliding high above the water may seem a bit scary, but know what to expect from your parasailing experience and it will be pure thrill. 

What is parasailing? 

Parasailing is a recreational kiting activity in which participants are pulled behind a boat while attached to a uniquely designed canopy wing (reminiscent of a parachute) known as the parasail wing. As the boat accelerates, the flyer takes off upwards as the wind catches in the parasail wing and the adventure begins. When it is time to descend, a special winch will smoothly reel in the passenger back to the boat deck. It can be a completely dry landing, or for a bit of refreshment, a quick dip of the toes in the water. 

Where to parasail

Florida is known to have some spectacular beaches and stunning waters. Parasailing in West Palm Beach is sure to be filled with breathtaking views of the coastline and city life. You can go up either solo or with up to two other riders and enjoy a zen ride while watching below for dolphins, stingrays, and other ocean life through the clear water. 

This is a great vantage point for photos, however, operating a camera or phone up to 100 meters in the air above water may be a little challenging. The crew at Parasailing West Palm Beach offers an affordable photo package to capture all the fun memories. If this is a first-time experience with a water sport, it is encouraged to tip the captain and crew as the majority of their income is gratuity-based. 

Summer weather means getting out and enjoying as much sun as the day allows. All that driving is not the best on the environment. Thankfully, there are alternative ways to fuel a vehicle, like biodiesel. SeQuential’s used cooking oil collection has been transforming cooking oil on the West Coast since 2008. Such companies collect and recycle waste fats, oils, and grease from restaurants, universities, zoos, and stadiums along the West Coast. The oil is then converted into clean-burning biodiesel, emitting significantly less carbon emissions than traditional diesel fuel. It’s also non-toxic and biodegradable. 

What to expect

Though it is a watersport, riders don’t have to know how to swim in order to parasail, since the ascent and descent take place on a boat platform. Anyone over the age of six can participate, and as with any kind of sport, safety is important and all riders are fitted with a life vest. There is no strict dress code for the activity, but it is recommended to wear clothing that can withstand wind and water and not be overly loose. 

The duration of the ride is usually around eight to ten minutes, but it can vary based on company and how many other riders are waiting for a turn. The average boat speed is between 15 and 30 miles per hour, but from up above, speed isn’t noticed. While soaring like a bird, do remember to pay attention to the boat deck from time to time. The only means of communication with the crew will typically be through hand or arm gestures, which should be practiced prior to ascending.

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