Experience our coastlines the way our seabirds do.
Parasailing was developed in the early 1960s with the advent of Pierre-Marcel Lemoigne’s ascending-gliding parachute, a tool created to train parachutists. Instead of dropping the students from aircraft, they were towed to altitude by towlines attached to vehicles. By the 1970s Lemoigne’s techniques and equipment had been adapted for nautical use and an entirely new seaside adventure pursuit was born.
From Rio’s Copacabana Beach to India’s Goa, parasailing has taken off in coastal resorts and vacation destinations around the globe. As parasailing technology becomes more sophisticated, guests are being towed to ever-increasing altitudes. Many outfitters offer rigs that can lift two to three passengers at a time, allowing you to share the experience with loved ones and friends, all in complete safety.
The beauty of parasailing is that it requires no skill whatsoever; it is perhaps the easiest and gentlest thrill-seeker activity of all. Even the most mild-mannered landlubber can soar to the heavens effortlessly and float hundreds of feet above the water, enjoying the kind of views and serenity that was once the domain of seagulls and eagles.
After 10 or 15 minutes aloft, alone or with a companion, you’ll return to earth feeling a wonderful cocktail of calmness and adrenaline coursing through your veins. Unlike that souvenir T-shirt or postcard, a parasailing experience is the kind of vacation keepsake that will never fade. In fact, whenever life gets a little crazy, in the boardroom or on the freeway, all you’ll have to do is recall that safe, floating feeling and suddenly everything will get put back into perspective again. Ahhhhh….