It has been a while since we’ve talked about first-time parasail guests on the blog. It’s funny because we get first-timers aboard our boats every day. I was reminded of this recently when I hopped aboard Captain Shon and Stephen’s boat last month. No matter how many times we at Fury send people up 300 feet in the air, we’re never at a loss for newcomers who join us with a mix of excitement and fear.
I’m always very sympathetic of our nervous passengers and do my best to set their fears at ease because there really is no reason to be afraid of parasailing. I tend to be pretty nervous before embarking on something adventurous for the first time, and then I’m usually very happy that I did it.
Why don’t we bust a few myths about parasailing with Fury in Key West right now?
Parasailing Myth #1: You have to hold on for dear life
This is the one that trips up most of our nervous riders. They worry that if they let go of the harness straps, they might fall out. That’s the first thing I explain to my passengers. The harness keeps you strapped in securely with a seat and back support. You can let go, you can lean back and relax, you can flip upside down–and you’re not going anywhere. Promise.
Parasailing Myth #2: You have to steer the chute
Before parasailing technology got to where it is today, there used to be more work for the rider. Think, running from the beach to take off and steering the chute. At Fury Key West, those techniques are ancient history. Your ride is controlled 100% by our experienced captains who use a mechanic wench to send you up and reel you back in. Your captain is also well aware of the wind and its direction in relation to our boat, so there’s no need to worry. We’ve got you covered!
Parasailing Myth #3: You have to know how to swim
Parasailing is actually one of the only water sports we offer where no swimming is required in order to fully enjoy. You hop on the boat, we harness you up and off you go. Your only brush with water is a calculated dip into the ocean and then you fly up into the sky again.
Parasailing Myth #4: It’s similar to riding a roller coaster full of heart-racing drops
For the faint of heart or roller coaster fearful, good news! Parasailing is nothing like the fast-paced roller coasters of amusement parks. Most of the time people come back down to say that it was surprisingly peaceful and quiet. You’ll glide up into the air at a gradual pace and the experience feels like floating. That’s not to say that you won’t get a thrill here or there as you take it all in, but I promise it’s not scary!
Above all, your friendly Fury crew is there to make sure you have a great time. They’ll give you exactly the kind of ride you want, whether that means extra dips or no dips at all. On top of that, they’ll take care of the memory making part of your voyage by snapping pictures for you that they burn on a disk for only $20. So, when you step aboard one of our state-of-the-art parasail boats, don’t be nervous. Just bring your big smile!