Parasailing FAQ

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Parasailing FAQ

What are our days and hours of operation?

We typically offer Parasailing seasonally, April – September. We try to operate 7 days a week (weather permitting)..

Manteo location’s typical season:

  • April – September
  • Closed October – March

Duck location’s typical season:

  • May 15 – September 15
  • Closed September 15th – May 14th

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What is the cost of a parasailing adventure?

Depends on how many people and how high you fly! Check out our PRICING PAGE or call us at 1-877-FLY-THIS to hear about flight costs, any specials and available time slots.

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How long have you been in business?

OBX Parasail, LLC has been working with KHK for 10+ years in 2 locations, Duck and Manteo. The owners operate the business and are local residents in Manteo all year. Check out our website and like us on Facebook!

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What is your safety record? Have you had any parasailing accidents?

OBX Parasail has had no parasail accidents. Our number one priority is safety. In everything we do, your safety comes first. We are the only company on the Outer Banks that provides you a safety video to watch before boarding. We are the only company on the Outer Banks that adheres to the WSIA (Water Sports Industry Association) parasail standards. WSIA sets guidelines for the parasail industry as to what is safe regarding weather, equipment, crew, training and operations. Check out the WSIA standards on our website.

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Are the captain and crew specially trained, experienced and/or licensed?

All Parasail Captains have a USCG license. Coast Guard regulations state that 50% of the crew has to be CPR and First Aid certified. OBX Parasail goes above and beyond this requirement by having 100% of the Crew CPR and First Aid certified. OBX Parasail has a rigorous training program that teaches all Crew employees how to prepare for those out of the ordinary situations and how to safely get the flyers back on board the boat if any incident occurs. Captains and Crew employees return year after year and together have 30+ years in the parasail industry. Check out our Comparison Chart on the website to further see how OBX Parasail differs from other parasail companies on the Outer Banks.

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Are reservations recommended?

Due to the extreme popularity of our ride and limited space available, reservations are highly recommended. We recommend booking as soon as you decide that you want to go. Sometimes, we can fit you in the day of, but there are no guarantees of space being open until you book your reservation. We have a fair reservations policy so you can rest easy about weather and cancellation concerns.

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What is the cancellation policy?

For a detailed link to our reservations and cancellation policies [CLICK HERE]

If you or someone in your party must cancel for any reason within 24-48 hours of your scheduled flight, you may be rescheduled for another day. Same day cancellations may NOT be rescheduled, and if you are late for your boat departure or miss your scheduled time, there will be no refunds or reschedules permitted. Sorry, no exceptions!

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Is a parasailing adventure fun?

Our customers would consider this to be an understatement!

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How long does the adventure last?

The entire boating adventure lasts for approximately one hour with each scheduled flight in the air for 10-12 minutes.

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How many passengers can go on the boat?

In Duck, we carry up to 6 passengers maximum per boat per trip. At the Manteo location, we carry up to 12 passengers on the boat after May 1 (Coast Guard Requirement).

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Can people come along to enjoy the boat ride and just watch?

In Duck, observers are welcome if space is available ($35 per person), but flyers get preference first.  In Manteo, there are guaranteed observer slots each day on the first boat of the day, but they fill up fast!

Observers cannot be booked online so you must book over the phone or in person to ensure a guaranteed observer slot and/or put your name on the list for a ‘stand by’ observer slot taken on a first come first serve basis.

All observer fees are $35.

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Do we have to have any experience or be athletic in any way?

If you can sit, you can fly! No experience or talent is necessary. We do all the work, you have all the fun!

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What are the age limits?

Children must be a minimum age of 5 to fly. Our oldest flyer was a woman 98 years young. If we didn’t feel safe about flying our kids we wouldn’t offer that experience to your kids either. Under 10 years old should be accompanied by an older flyer.

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What are the weight limitations?

This depends on the wind and sea conditions at the time of your flight. The Captain will determine the safest weight combinations if need be – max ~400 lbs per flight. Sometimes it is less than 400 lbs depending on the wind conditions. There is also a minimum weight requirement of 150 – 175 lbs depending on daily conditions. Triples are designed for 3 children, 2 children and adult, or 2 adults and 1 child. Triples are not designed for 3 adults. All weight categories subject to staff approval.

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What is tandem, and who can participate?

2 people fly together side by side. Triple flights are also available. All flight options are subject to staff approval.

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Who can fly tandem and/or triple?

The Captain will make this decision at the time of your flight after evaluating your weights and the wind and sea conditions.

  • We offer no guarantee; you should be prepared to fly either solo or tandem.

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Are there any money saving coupons available?

Call our reservations staff to inquire about “Daily Parasailing Specials” at 1-877-FLYTHIS to ask about our promotions and to make reservations.

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What type of parasailing do we offer?

“Winch Direct Parasailing” – the most widely accepted form of parasailing in the world today, the type of parasailing which allows you to safely take off and land from the flight deck aboard the boat, not off the beach or a floating barge as seen in Mexico and many other resort areas. It’s like flying a kite with a fishing pole. Utilizing a hydraulic winch, you are slowly reeled out from the flight deck located on the boat, and after an incredible and scenic flight you are then reeled back to the vessel’s flight deck. The maximum altitude we can fly you over the water according to the FAA is 400 feet. If anyone is advertising parasailing flights higher than that they are not in compliance with the FAA!

Flight Options:

  • Single/Double/Triple Deluxe ~ 400 feet of line, 10-12 minute flight
  • Single/Double/Triple Extreme ~ 600 feet of line, 10-12 minute flight
  • Single/Double/Triple Ultimate ~ 800 feet of line, 10-12 minute flight

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Will we get wet?

Dipping is dependent on wind and weight conditions. With good conditions, the Captain will be able to give you a choice for the dip – “Toes to your nose.” We will try to accommodate your choice if the conditions allow. It is also sometimes necessary to land you in the water, in which case you will get very wet!

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How should we dress?

Casual beach attire: shorts, bathing suits, sandals, tennis shoes, even jeans are okay. You may want to bring a sweat shirt or wind breaker depending on the weather.

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Do I need to know how to swim?

Swimming is not necessary, as we require all participants to wear a life vest while flying. Any children under the age of 12 will be required to wear a flotation device (vest) before the boat leaves the slip.

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Can we bring our own camera equipment?

You can bring your camera, however we are not responsible for any loss or damage to your personal property. “Bring at your own risk!”

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