Frequently asked questions

How does parasailing work, how do we get into and out of the air?

Using our custom manufactured parasail boat, the participants (flyers) are reeled on and off the boat using a hydraulically controlled winch to insure safe, dry takeoffs and landings.

Do I need any experience or to be physically fit to parasail?

No experience is necessary. Your captain and crew will take care of getting you up in the air and back down, safe and sound. All you have to do is hang loose and enjoy the ride.

However, anyone with a physical ailment such as back or neckinjuries/problems must inform the captain before disembarking. We do not recommend that people with back or neck injuries/problems go on the boat at anytime due to the bumpiness of the ride.

How should I dress/ what should I bring on the boat?

Dress for the weather. If it’s cool out or if you are sensitive to the sun, we recommend that you bring a long sleeved shirt/sweatshirt. Bathing suits or beach attire is always recommended, as are towels, bottled water, sun block, and perhaps a tip for the crew.

What should I leave behind?

We recommend you leave behind anything that is likely to get damaged by contact with water, as well as anything that is very expensive or otherwise difficult to replace. This would include your camera, your cell phone, and your $400 sunglasses. Feel free to ask the captain to hold onto your car keys, etc while you’re on board if you like. We recommend that you leave your shoes behind.

How high do we go?

We let out 500’ of tow line, which is the most allowed by New Jersey state law.

Are reservations required?

Reservations are nearly always necessary. We recommend that you book your trip several days in advance (ideally at the beginning of your vacation) because we are often booked a day or more in advance, and also because inclement weather may force us to reschedule your trip.

Have your captains/crews received any special training or testing?

All of our captains have received training in a USCG approved captain training facility, and have met all of the USCG captain requirements, and are licensed captains. All of our captains belong to the Professional Association of Parasail Operators PAPO and have met all of their requirements. All of our captains and crew are subject to random drug testing. All captains have valid first aid and CPR certifications.

Do we have to be able to swim?

No. Since all takeoffs and landings are done from the back of the boat, you don’t even have to get wet. In the extremely unlikely event of boat malfunction, the parasailors slowly drift down to the water wearing a lifejacket.

Do I ever have to touch the water?

No, not if you don’t want to. Be sure to make it clear to the captain that you do not want to touch the water, if this is the case. However, most people enjoy a small dip in the water.

What happens if the boat stops suddenly or if the tow line breaks?

If the boat suddenly stops for any reason, the participants will slowly and safely descend towards the water. In the unlikely event of a mechanical malfunction, or the rope breaking, participants would continue descent until they are gently lowered into the water and held safely afloat by their mandatory lifejackets. We follow an extremely rigorous maintenance program, and all equipment is inspected at least once a day. Our tow line has a minimum breaking strength at least 1000lbs, stronger then the industry standard, and is of the highest quality obtainable.

Is parasailing safe?

Yes, extremely safe. Parasailing is an extreme sport and it does carry risks. However, our captains and crews are specially trained to minimize or avoid such risks. We have flown many thousands of participants and have maintained a perfect 100% safety record. You safety is our number one priority.

Do I have to hold on?

It is recommended that you hold on at all times.

Are there weight restrictions?

The minimum weight to fly is 130lbs; the maximum weight may not exceed approximately 400lbs. If the flyer is less than 130 pounds, they can do a tandem flight not to exceed 400 pounds total combined weight. The weight requirements often change through out the day due to changing weather conditions.

Do I have to fly alone?

No. You may fly two or even three at a time if you like, as long as your combined weight does not exceed a maximum of about 400 lbs (restrictions apply; captain's discretion).

Is there an age/size requirement?

There is no age limit. We have flown people as young as 6 and as old as 90. There are minimum size and weight requirements (due to the size of our harnesses); children under age 6 are generally too small to correctly fit in our harnesses. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their liability waiver.

What if I am pregnant?

Our insurance does not allow us to take anyone who is pregnant on our boat.

How long is your typical trip, and how long are we in the air?

Each trip is approximately 1 and ½ hours long. Each tandem flight (two people flying together) lasts approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Individual flights are shorter, around 8 minutes, while triples are slightly longer.

Can I go on the boat and just watch?

Yes. You can go on the boat as a non-flying observer for a fee. There is a maximum of 6 passengers allowed per boat including flyers and non-flyers. We usually only allow as many observers as flyers in your party. An observer can upgrade and become a flyer should they decide to parasail! Unfortunately, due to limited space, we can not guarantee a spot on the boat of observers. They may only come if there are no flyers who want their spot on the boat—i.e. you're on stand-by status as an observer.

Do you take pictures or video of our experience?

Yes. We offer a photo and video package utilizing 35mm SLR cameras with zoom lenses. The cost is $30 for an SD Memory card with about 40 photos of your flight, including a few minutes of video. Please call for details. Packages can be split among several participants.

Can I take my camera/phone or other electronic gear on the boat or up in the air?

Yes. You are welcome to bring a camera, video camera or other electronics on the boat. However, electronics are allergic to salt water. Hang Loose Parasail can and will not be held responsible for the loss or damage of anything electronic you bring onto the boat! We strongly discourage you from carry any such items onboard at any time due to the extreme likelihood of damage from water spray, dips, etc. We recommend that you take advantage of our photo package and leave your expensive camera in your car.