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Have you ever wanted to try parasailing?  Also known as "parascending" or "parakiting", in this water activity, a person is towed behind a vehicle - usually a boat - while attached to a canopy that resembles a parachute.  The "sail" catches the air and lifts the passenger, or passengers, into the air for a bird's-eye view of the world below.  

According to the United States National Transportation Safety Board special investigation report (2014) into parasailing safety, an estimated 3 to 5 million people in the United States participate in parasailing; however, no federal regulations or guidelines establish specific training or certification for parasailing operators.  There is no requirement for inspection or the parasailing equipment, and no requirement to suspend operations during inclement or unsuitable weather conditions.

According to a NTSB Press Release in July 2014, the nature of this activity has parasailors suspended 500 feet or more about the water's surface - accidents often result in death or serious injury.  The safety of parasailors is dependent on the skill and expertise of the parasail operator and the condition of the equipment.  Towline failure is the leading cause of injury and death in parasailing accidents.

The NTSB quotes three of its investigations:

Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., Aug. 28, 2009:  Two women died after the towline broke in high winds and the canopy dragged the women through the water and into a pier.

Pompano Beach, Fla., Aug. 16, 2012:  A woman died after her harness separated from the flight bar, causing her to fall 450 feet into the ocean.

Panama City Beach, Fla., July 1, 2013:  Two female teenagers were seriously injured after the towline broke in high winds and the canopy struck a beachfront condominium.

Note:  Land-based parasailing is a similar sport, but the parasail is towed behind a vehicle.

With any sport come risks -  you should investigate with whom you are going sailing.  Professional  parasail companies will post and explain their experience, safety procedures and safety record.    Look for those that indicate zero tolerance for unsafe conditions and are proud of their zero accident records.  

 

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Parasailing on ocean.

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Parasailing on ocean.

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