FAQs

Do you need a reservation to parasail?

We recommend that you make a reservation for your convenience. That way you won’t have to wait for a spot to open up on one of the boats. Make sure you are aware of which location your reservation is for. If you go to the wrong location, you will miss your reservation and your seat will be given to someone who is waiting standby. If you cannot keep your reservation, it is mandatory to notify us at least two hours in advance so we can fill your vacancy.

When is the best time to go parasailing?

Mornings are the best time to go because typically there are lighter winds in the morning, which means a better flight for you and less chop in the ocean or bay! Wind tends to pick up as the day goes along. We also are typically a little slower on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday so it is easier to get your entire group a reservation time.

Is there an age limit for parasailing?

Anyone wanting to fly that is under the age of 18 needs to have a parent or guardian sign a release form. The <a href=”/wp-content/pdfs/oc_parasail_contract.pdf”>release form can be downloaded, printed and signed in advanced from this web site</a>. There is a minimum weight limit for flying alone, 120 pounds, yet, our smallest harnesses are equipped to hold kids as light as 40 pounds. Kids under 120 pounds must fly with another person in order to reach the required minimum weight limit.

Is there a weight limit and, if so, what is it?

Yes there is a weight limit that depends on the wind conditions at the time. Under normal conditions, we recommend that single flyers weigh at least 120 pounds. All flights, single, tandem or triple, should not exceed 400 pounds. THESE WEIGHT LIMITS CAN CHANGE depending on wind conditions. For the safety of our flyers, the captain has the final decision.

How many people can go up at the same time?

We are allowed up to 3 people in the air at one time as long as the combined weight does not exceed the maximum weight limit at the time. As always, for our flyers safety, our captains have the final decision.

Are spectators allowed to go out on the boat?

As much as we would love to allow spectators to go out on the boat, flyers take first priority. If there are any available seats on the boat at the time of departure, we will gladly take spectators. It is not guaranteed, but you will have a better chance to have a spectator if you book a flight for one of our slower days usually Saturdays, Sundays, or Mondays.

Can minors go on the boat by themselves?

Yes! Every day children go out on the ride alone. Out captains and mates are skilled professionals with many years’ experience. Your child’s safety is their number one concern.

What should we wear?

Most people wear a bathing suit or shorts, however, It is usually a little cooler on the boat so we advise that you bring a sweatshirt shirt just in case.

Will I see any wildlife?

Frequently our flyers can see a variety of wildlife, including dolphins, sea turtles, and stingrays. Most wildlife is seen earlier in the day when the water is calmer.

Do you rent jet skis?

No, for the past 30 years we have concentrated just on parasailing; however, there are Jet Ski companies in the immediate area of both of our locations making it very convenient to coordinate multiple activities. If you plan to do both, we recommend parasailing first since you will be wet and possibly cold after jet skiing.

Is there anywhere that we can watch the parasailing from shore?

You will be able to see the parasails in the air from multiple viewing points, but unfortunately it is nearly impossible to identify the person in the chute from land.

Can I bring a camera with me on the boat?

Yes, but we can’t take responsibility for any lost or broken items. We do, however, offer a Professional Photo Video package.

What is included in the Professional Photo Video package?

Each boat is equipped with a Nikon SLR D90 digital camera with a 300mm zoom lens and high definition video. The mate will take roughly 30 – 50 photos and include little video clips throughout the flight. These are given to your group on a single, rewritable CD, which can be uploaded to your computer or taken to have prints made.

What if we have more than 6 people in our group?

We recommend that groups larger than 6 people to go to our 54th street location. This is our larger location where we have three boats that go out within the hour, every hour. This way all the members of your group can be out on the water at approximately the same time.