Parasailing is a great and fun adventure sport. Doing a parasailing adventure will be something you will not regret. This article discusses 10 parasailing facts you didn’t know.
• Parasailing is not considered a sporting activity but a recreational activity. Intended to be a fun ride and not to be mixed with the sport equivalent which is paragliding.
• Youngest Parasailer – Three-year-old Aditya Pratap Singh Chauhan is recorded as the youngest parasailor for two minutes at Air Force Station Jammu, India in 2002.
• Oldest Parasailor – NK in Lonavala, India great man. He was 88 years old when he accomplished this feat. He is the oldest parasailor recorded in the Indian Limca Book of Records.
• A parasailing landing is usually done in water where the parasailor separates from the parasail and descends into the water. This process is called “splashdown”.
• Parasailing was accidentally discovered in the 60s by Pierre Lamoigne, who fitted a parachute to his moving car to aid in his training for a safe landing.
• There are 3 methods used in parasailing:
a) Beach parasailing. This method is considered the most dangerous of the three where take off is done from the beach front.
b) Platform method. The launch in this method is similar to the Beach method but steering instructions are not necessary.
c) Winch boat parasailing. Considered the safest of all methods. The launch and retrieval of the parasailor begins and ends on the deck of the boat.
• Winch boat parasailing is the most popular of all parasailing methods. In this process, the parasailor does not land on the water but it returns to the launch point which is the deck of the boat. A hydraulic winch is attached to the boat which allows the parasailor to swing back onto the boat. The world’s first winch boat was tested in 1974 under the supervision of Mark McCulloh and patented on 26 October 1976, then introduced commercially in the mid-80s.
• The ideal wind speed for parasailing is 12-27 mph.
• Waterbird – the name of the first 16-gore canopy design intended for parasailing. Brian Gaskin designed, built and tested this revolutionary canopy design in early 1974, which allowed it to be used over water without liquid absorption. Seeing the success of his creation, Gaskins founded his own company a year later, named Waterbird Parakeets, which is still in operation today.
• Mark Makuloh, Miami, Florida was one of the main contributors to parasailing. His inventions, innovations and achievements were mostly focused on improving parasailing safety through equipment design. To this day, his inventions have set standards in parasailing safety that most parasailers follow. McCulloh also formed the “Parasail Safety Council” in 1998 to educate and influence people about parasailing safety.