If you are a senior who has always wanted to try parasailing and wonder “Is parasailing safe for seniors?”, be assured that a reputable company that gives such tours will take the time to have its staff educate you on the entire procedure since previous experience is not required, explain and demonstrate what to do at each stage of the adventure, and advise on parasailing safety. Parasailing is considered to be peaceful and serene.

Parasailing is a “kiting” activity. A person attached to a canopy parasail wing similar to a parachute is towed behind a vehicle such as a boat, truck, or car. A harness attaches the pilot to the parasail, which is connected to the land vehicle by a tow rope. The vehicle drives off and carries the parascender/wing and the person or people into the air. If the boat is powerful, two or three people can parasail at the same time.

This unique sport has parasailing rules, some of which are the following:

* A parasail boat holds 12 to 15 passengers who take turns flying two or three at a time, and the entire adventure takes approximately one to one-and-one-half hours.

* Weight restrictions state that the minimum combined weight is 90 pounds. The maximum combined weight is about 450 pounds and can change due to the wind conditions and the Captain’s approval.

* You do not take off from or land in the water but rather on the boat. After being fitted with the special parasail harness and are gently and slowly launched and retrieved by a hydraulic winch system and make you feel as though you are truly ‘floating on air.’

* Both a parachute and a parasail ascends and glides. The difference is that a parasail is more efficient and stable during the ascent mode while being towed aloft with zero or minimum steering control. A parachute is not efficient when being towed, and it is used mainly for skydiving where the parachutist can control the direction. During the descent, both slow the person’s fall.

* You do not ever have to touch the water. You let the Captain know if you want to stay dry or want to get your feet wet.

* The best time to go parasailing is early morning when the temperature is in the mid- 70s, the winds are light, the water is calm, and the boat traffic is at a minimum. You also can usually avoid the chance of common afternoon showers and gusty winds that would make parasailing difficult.

* What can you expect to see while parasailing? The panoramic bird’s eye views are breathtaking, and you float along on an ocean breeze. You may see dolphins, stingrays, sea turtles, fishermen, other tour boats, and more in the beautiful blue sparkling water.

If you are considering parasailing in Florida, a Destin parasailing adventure is your answer. Just Chute Me has a staff that is highly trained that is dedicated to making sure you have the best possible time and especially that you are safe throughout the time that you are taking part in the fun activity and that everything runs smoothly.

The Captains in charge of parasailing in Florida are Masters licensed by the US Coast Guard, and the Captains and crew are trained in boat handling, parasailing safety, flight procedures, parasailing rules, and have made more than 100,000 flights. They are also members of the Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA), which makes sure that operations adhere to strict operating guidelines that protect the safety of customers.

Just Chute Me is rated as the Number One Safest and Most Fun Parasailing Ride in All of Florida for their Destin parasailing adventure. They also run a dolphin excursion boat named Flippers Adventure, so you can look forward to a fabulous and exhilarating time on either excursion. You don’t have to wonder any longer about the answer to the question: “Is parasailing safe for seniors?”

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