PARASAIL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is parasailing and do I need experience?

When parasailing, one to three passengers ride attached to a parachute as it is being towed by a specialized parasailing boat. There is little physical effort involved and you do not need any experience. You need only enjoy the incredible views 800 feet in the air. Both the launch and landing are done from the back of our boat. There is no need to take a swim though you may get a little wet from the spray. 

How long is the parasail trip?

Trips will last no more than one hour from the time the boat leaves the dock until it returns. Parasailing flights, done in tandem or triple, are approximately 10 minutes in length.

How old do I need to be to fly?

Parasailers must be at least 5 years of age. Guests 17 years and younger must have an adult present to sign their safety waiver. There is no maximum age restriction. 

Is there weight restrictions to parasail?

The minimum combined weight requirement is 190 lbs and the maximum combined weight limit is 500lbs. Restrictions may vary depending on weather and lake conditions and will be determined by the captain before trip departure.

Can I parasail or ride on the boat if I am pregnant?

For safety reasons, pregnant women and those who think they may be pregnant are not allowed to parasail or on the boat at all. Please come back and fly with us next year. 

Can a minor fly by themselves?

Yes, if the minor and other parasailer weighs at least 190lbs combined weight they can fly by themselves. For example, a brother and sister flying together weighing 120lb and 70lbs meet weight requirements and no parent is needed.  An adult needs to be present to check them in but otherwise does not need to ride as an observer unless they wish. A parent will need to purchase an observer ticket if so. 

Do I need to know how to swim?

No, you do not need to know how to swim to the parasail. Since all take-offs and landings are done from the back of our specialized boat you never be required to get wet unless you would like to. in the extremely unlikely event of a malfunction with the boat or line winch, the parasailers slowly drift back to the water and provided lifejackets will hold you afloat. 

What should I wear and What should I leave behind?

Dress for the weather. If it is cool before your flight or you are sensitive to the sun, we recommend that you wear street clothes that provide appropriate coverage for you. Bathing suits and beachwear are a great idea for warm days where you may want to be dipped in the lake but, again getting wet is optional. 

Please behind anything that can be damaged by the water or sun as we have no dry storage aboard the boat. Bear Lake parasail is not responsible for any lost or damaged items. 

Is parasailing dangerous?

Hundred of thousands of parasailing flights are done all around the country every year safely. The biggest risks come in operating in unsafe weather or sea conditions combined with poorly maintained equipment. Like all parasailing operators, we monitor weather and sea conditions hourly by both internet and radar and have strict rules about when to suspend operations, and all of our equipment is fully inspected and logged at  the start of each day. Chris, our Captain, 12+ years and over 500,000 flights under his belt without a single injury. 

Do I have to get wet?

No, you don't have to get wet unless you would like to. Towards the end of your ride the end of the flight the Captain will give you the option to dip your toes or more if you would like but, this is completely optional. Please inform the crew if you would like to stay completely dry. 

Can I go if I have suffered spinal, back or neck injuries in the past?

The boat ride can be a bit bumpy. Due to this we ask anyone who has suffered from any of these injuries to refrain from going parasailing. 

How does parasailing work?

After being outfitted with a life vest and harness, you're seated on the flight deck of the boat. Once seated the crew clips your harness to the parachute and you are seated on the back of the flight deck. The Captain releases the winch line and you're off, nice and smooth, just like sitting on a swing set that slowly elevates you for the experience of a lifetime. And yes, all take-offs and landings are done straight from the boat. Check out our videos to see how it works. 

Can I take my camera or phone up with me?

You are allowed to take a camera or phone up at your own discretion and should take into consideration the height and water risks. Disposable cameras are best. We also offer digital camera packages to document your entire flight and at the end of the trip, you get a link with all your photos on it. 

Cancellation Policy?

Any cancellations done 24 hours before the trip departure time will receive a full refund. 

All cancellations done within 24 hours of scheduled departure will be charged a $25 cancellation fee per person. 

All no call no shows for reservations will be charged the full ticket price with no refund option. 

Operation cancellations due to poor weather or boat maintenance will receive a full refund. 

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major forms of payment including Debit Cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Cash is also accepted but a major card will be needed to hold your reservativation. 

Do I need reservations?

Reservations are not required but are highly recommended because of parasailing's popularity and the limited space we have onboard. There have been times when guests have shown up without a reservation only to have to wait hours until there is space for them. 

What if rains or is extremely windy?

 A little sprinkle and we stay out but high or gusty winds make parasailing unsafe. The captain makes the decision if we are going to stand by on a weather hold or close down for the day. If you are not able to fly due to weather you will be given the choice to reschedule your flight for a later day or receive a full refund. 

Is it customary to tip the crew?

Yes, just like others in the service industry, the crew works very hard to make sure all your needs aboard the boat are taken care of. If you had a good time, the crew always appreciates a tip. 

We accept all majot forms of payment including Debit Cards, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Cash is also accepted but a major card will be needed to hold your reservation. 

Yes, just like others in the service industry, the crew works very hard to make sure all your needs aboard the boat are taken care of. If you had a good time, the crew always appreciates a tip.