It may sound scary, but it’s not! Parasailing is incredibly peaceful–and the views are nothing short of spectacular.
You can go up alone or in tandem, meaning two people are secured to the parachute. First, you’re strapped into a harness, which is very safe and can hold up to 450 lbs. You sit on the back of the boat and the crew releases the line from the hydraulic winch, and you’re gently lifted off the back of the boat and into the air. The parachute opens and up you go!
Most companies use a 600’ towline, so you get up above the surface of the water about 500 feet–the view is spectacular. You can see for miles! If the winds are gentle, parasailing is incredibly smooth and quiet. You’re in the air for about 10 minutes. You’ll gently descend back to the boat where you’ll land on the deck–but probably not before being dunked in the ocean! There’s no age minimum or limit, but you must be at least 90 lbs. If you’re coming in on a cruise ship, we recommend that you skip their shore excursion and book directly with the parasailing company on St. Thomas to save some money. Enjoy!