FAQ

Is parasailing dangerous?
Parasailing is safe with an experienced captain and crew. Your safety is our first priority.

What happens if the rope breaks?
To ensure this never happens, we insist on a detailed maintenance program for all our equipment. In the unlikely event of problems with the boat or with the tow line, the parachute would gently float down and you would land softly in the water.

Is the captain and crew specially trained, experienced and or licensed?
Yes. All of our captains are US Coast Guard licensed, and both captains and crew are specifically trained in all aspects of parasailing, boat handling and flight procedures, most with many years of flight experience.

Do we leave from the boat or the beach?
From the boat. All parasail takeoffs and landings are hydraulically controlled from the back of the boat.

Are reservations needed?
We recommend reservations but they are not required. Reservations go ahead of walk-ups. If you do not have a reservation there may be a wait but we will do our best to get you in as quickly as possible.

What is your cancellation policy?
We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you are a no show your credit card will be charged. If you have to cancel for any reason please do so as soon as possible.

How long does the adventure last?
You will be on the water approximatly 45 minutes. Feet up to Feet down is approximately 6 to 8 minutes.

Do we have to get dipped?
Being dipped is your choice. Just let the captain know your preference before your flight.

How many passengers can go on the boat?
Our boats will accommodate 6 passengers at a time. That includes parasailers and observers.

Can guests come along on the boat ride just to watch?
Observers are welcome on a space available basis only! 
 The cost is $25.00 each. Sorry, no reservations.

Do you have to have experience or be athletic in any way?
No! We do the work - you relax and have fun.

What are the age limits?
As required by the US Coast Guard, participants must be 6 years of age or older.

What are the weight limitations?
You must weigh at least 90lbs and you cannot exceed 450lbs. You may combine weights on doubles and triples to meet weight requirements.

How long is the flight?
The flight from feet up to feet down is approximately 6 to 8 minutes.

How high do we go up when we fly?
We have 300, 600 and 800 foot flights, this means we let out that much line. It is not how high you are. For example 600 feet of line will put you approximately 400 feet in the air. As a general rule you are approximately 50% of the length of line.”

Are there any coupons or specials available?
Yes! Locations that you can find coupons are the Free Coupon Book available at Winn Dixie stores in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach (online at www.freetouristbook.com), the Welcome Centers for Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Destin, most hotels and condominiums in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and the toll booth on the Foley Beach Express, SEE magazine. Also the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and Destin Chamber of Commerce. Find printable coupons on our rates page. We also accept all competitors coupons.

Will we get wet?
Yes! You will be taking a water banana out to the parasail boat.

How should we dress?
Most guests wear a bathing suit or beach attire. Anything you don’t mind getting wet.

Do I need to know how to swim?
No. You will be wearing a Coast Guard approved life safety vest the entire trip.

Can I bring my own camera?
You can but you will be doing it at your own risk. You will ride a Banana out to the Parasail boat so it may get wet and or damaged. For this reason we sell affordable Photo Paks so you can enjoy your experience through photos for years to come (see next question).

Do you offer a photo package?
Capture your adventure with our exclusive photo-package, with over 100 digital, close-up action photos taken with a professional camera, from the flight deck, available on a disk for you to take home with you. The cost is $39. And yes, you can split the photo-package up amongst your group if you wish.

Is parasailing scary?
Parasailing is not scary. Takeoffs and landings are slow and gradual. You wil feel as though you are floating on a cloud.

How old do I have to be to rent a jet ski?
You must be 19 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license and a boater’s safety certificate if required by the state you live in. (See our links page for requirements for your state)

How old do I have to be to drive a jet ski?
You must be 16 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license and a boater’s safety certificate if required by the state you live in (see our links page for requirements for your state). We offer a test that will get you a temporary Boater’s Safety Certificate if you don’t have a Boater’s License from the state in which you reside.”

How old do I have to be to ride the water banana?
If the rider is under the age of 8 they must be accompanied by someone 16 years of age or older. They must be able hold on to the banana without assistance from anyone else.

Is there a weight limitation on the water banana?
No! If the rider is under the age of 8 they must be accompanied by someone 16 years of age or older. All riders must be able hold on to the banana without assistance from ayone else.

Can I get bitten by a shark?
No one has ever been bitten by a shark while parasailing. You choose whether you would like your feet dipped or not.

Can I parasail if I am pregnant?
For insurance liability reasons and your safety we cannot allow you to parasail or to ride on the boat if you are pregnant.

What if the weather is bad the day/time of my reservation?
Give us a call if you are questioning whether or not we are going out. The captains will decide if the conditions are suitable for parasailing. We do not parasail when there is lightning or in high winds and rough seas. We still parasail when it’s overcast/cloudy and in light, passing rain. If we know before your reservation that we are not operating we will give you a call.

Do you sell gift certificates?
Yes! Blue Sky Parasail and Watersports Gift Certificates are perfect for special occassions.

When are you open?
We are open March through September, Seven days a week from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Based on weather.

What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Debit Cards and Cash

Is it customary to tip the crew?
Tips are not required but are appreciated. Our crew is dedicated to ensuring you enjoy a fun and memorable adventure.

Where are you located?
GULF SHORES, AL - We are located at 401 E. Beach Blvd. in Gulf Shores, behind the Seawind Condominium and next to the Sea & Suds restaurant.