Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need prior experience to
A: No, if you can walk and sit on your own, then you can parasail.
Q: How does parasailing 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; it’s all up to you.
Q: Are there age or weight
restrictions to parasail?
A: We take children as young as 5 years old and have also flown some 90 years old. Our minimum weight to fly alone is around 100 lbs., but it does increase and decrease throughout the day. The maximum combined weight is approximately 350 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.
Q: How long is each trip?
A: Each flight is 8 - 10 minutes long. The whole adventure once you leave the dock is about 1 hour.
Q: Can two people fly together?
A: Yes, that's how most of our customers fly. We call that a tandem flight.
Q: How high do we go up when we
A: The standard flight is 400 feet of line. On average a 400 foot towline will put you 250-300 feet up in the air. We also offer 800 feet of line, which will put you 500-600 feet up in the air. You also see the entire island from a birds eye view.
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 Atlantic Ocean, and sharks do live in the ocean, 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 have a rigorous maintenance program for all our equipment. In the unlikely event of problems with the boat of tow line, the parasail would gently float down and you would gently land in the water. The boat would turn around and quickly pick you up.
Q: What kind of training does it
take to become a Captain?
A: Each of our captains has 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
A: Unfortunately due to the bumpy-ness of the boat ride we do not suggest you parasail or ride along as an observer.
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 but are unable to physically carry passengers.
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. We have never had a flier to drop their camera but you are liable for your own camera.
Q: What should I wear parasailing?
A: We suggest since the air and ocean temperatures are so warm in Ocracoke that you come prepared to fly in your bathing suit. You may wear whatever clothing 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. In the summer we are often booked up two days in advance. Reservations are not required.
Q: What is your cancellation
A: We require 24 hours notice of a cancellation for a complete refund.
Q: Is there a photo package we can
A: Yes, we offer a photo package to all customers on each of our boats. We take digital photos of you on take off and while you are in the air. We then give you the disc to do your own processing. Remind the crew when you take off that you want the photo package.
Call today to reserve your spot on the boat: (252) 928-2606