Is Parasailing Safe? (With Safety Guide)
Parasailing is safe because according to the Parasail Safety Council, the activity led to only 70 deaths in 30 years. 1,800 people were wounded during the same period.
Up to 170 million parasail rides have occurred, meaning that in the last three decades there have been millions of people parasailed.
We will further explain the above figures in this article and share many others, which further reinforce the safety of the parasail. We will also examine the causes of para-sailing accidents and how you can be safer. You won’t want it to be missed!
What leads to accidents while parasailing?
These are statistics that are interesting, certainly. You also feel better because you know that so few people have been injured and even less have died.
However, we are certain, or you would not read this article, that you are extremely safety-minded. That’s why we thought that we would unpack some of the information from the last section and look closer at what causes parasailing, even fatal accidents
In-compliance with instructions
You’re never going to do it by yourself (or at least you shouldn’t) if you’re parasailing for the first or second time. A specialist who works with a crew will guide you. Please don’t act as you better know, because you don’t do something when instructed to do something.
When you do what you want, your risk of injury and even death is significantly increased, rather than what you have to do. To be safe, go on a parasailing journey in the expectation of a sponge in your mind. If you finally parasail with less supervision, You want to absorb as much information as you can to use it in the future.
Using Old harness
Please talk to your instructor or their crew member if you have any questions about the integrity of your harness. You might feel too cautious, but, especially in this case, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Old parasailing machines which have seen their day since long should no longer be in use. Any company that parasails worth its salt will have detailed information as to who owns the device, who the fabricator is, and how long the equipment has been used when it was purchased.
Even if the company purchases the equipment from someone else. This applies.
At least one death is caused by defective, old equipment. There is no problem. The incident took place in August 2012 in Pompano Beach, Florida as described in the National Transport Security Board’s Parasailing Safety Special Investigation Report.
Winds of Blossom
Certainly, a little wind is needed to get you on board and keep you in the air while you are parasailing, but there’s a difference between a nice wind and a bloody storm.
Victorian Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association Melbourne recommends that you cancel your journey until a lighter day if the wind is more than 15 miles an hour.
Harness passenger assistance system issues
To ensure you are safe, you have to operate the harness passenger support system, but sometimes you have to be aware of it. The harness may weigh you down, for example when the wind is high and your boat operator decided to stop and you are landing in the water.
Many of the deaths caused by the harnessing of passenger support systems can occur up to 95% as a result of many, many parasailing deaths.
Weakness of towline
Last but not least, parasailing accidents are one of the most important causes and are a problem with the towline. You connect to your towing vehicle by the towline, also called the trailer rope.
Whatever vehicle is tied to this towline, such as a boat. You can imagine how harmful it might be if it snaps or otherwise gets undone.
In addition, it is important to note the structural soundness of the towline. The NTSB stated in the linked report that a bending towline can significantly weaken the rope in a traditional bowlinking style, even if it is new. The towline can now be between 53 and 63% weaker, a lot.
Parasailing Trip Planning? What should I know before I go?
You know a number of places to watch the next time, but you can still do more to be a conscientious rider. Here are a few tips to prepare your trip.
Maintain your distance from the coast
Is crashing into the water more dangerous than on the shore?
Depending on the context of the accident, both can be equally damaging.
However, it is more attractive for parasailers to remain near the shore with some boat operators. You shouldn’t accept this from your operator.
If your operator releases a 500 feet towline, you want to keep 1.500 feet off the shoreline. Everything is closer and you are at risk of injury.
Don’t just take the right thing to do with your boat operator. Bring the issue up before you get into the air in a conversation. At that point, it’s too late to do anything!
Sit in a cabinet.
When the parasailers used a harness system, up to 520 rather serious injuries occurred. It’s still 30 years, but only two people had been wounded when they were sitting in a cabinet during the same period of time. Yes, hanging is more exciting, but you want to be safe, so just sit down
Know the speed of the wind
Do you remember that we linked you before Florida’s Parasailing Wind Law? It turns to be the only country with such a law throughout the country. Since it’s your decision to parasail in high winds or not, you may want to think about reshuffling if the winds are over 15 MPH.
Ask for the safety device
Another hypothesis that you do not want to make is that your parasailer guide uses the latest equipment. Ask if you can see the safety equipment which the company intends to use before being buckled in.
If it seems a little worn down to you, it’s alright to ask about documentation so you can ascertain the age of the equipment. If the operator isn’t willing to provide such information, then you probably don’t want to go through with the parasail ride.
Parasailing is considered a safe sport, given that fewer than 100 deaths have taken place in more than 30 years. However, this does not mean that you should not do all you can to ensure that every time you have a safe experience. Confirm, check in your boat operator before departure and keep a trail of the wind speed before departure. your equipment is optimally fitted. Best of luck and be safe!
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