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Key West Parasailing Tips For First-Timers

Let's go parasailing!

Riaan taking pictures of Captain Marius’ parents parasailing.

The Key West parasailing docks at Fury are as busy as ever this summer. As time goes by, our crew parasails more and more people, yet the majority of our passengers are first-timers to parasailing.

Most of the time we have a boatload of excited customers ready for a high-energy hour on board. Sometimes, though, there are a few passengers who are extremely nervous about the prospect of flying 300 feet above the water strapped into a harness attached to a line secured with one knot.

It’s our job to make our customers feel as safe and comfortable as possible. We can totally empathize with any feelings of nerves or jitters. No need to be worried, though. Parasailing really is safe, fun and easy.

Here are a few tips we always tell first-timers who are nervous:

  1. It’s not a thrill ride. It’s actually a very peaceful experience. You climb through the air at a steady, gradual pace. You won’t feel your stomach drop like you’re on a rollercoaster. Of course, if you want a more wild ride, just talk to your captain about a few extra dips in the water and the other tricks he has up his sleeve.
  2. You don’t have to hang on for dear life. A lot of people get nervous because they think they have to hold on or else they might fall. Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s impossible. We have you harnessed in with a back support so you can sit back, relax and let go of the straps. You’re not going anywhere. Promise!
  3. Smile for the camera! Since this is your first time parasailing, it might just be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’ve got to get some pictures to prove to the folks back at home that you actually did it! Talk to your mate on board and ask him or her about our special photo package. Trust me, you’re going to want these pictures!
We would say almost every customer who goes up nervous comes down absolutely beaming and gushing about how amazing the experience is. If you’ve never been parasailing, we hope you’ll join us in Key West to see for yourself! You’ll soon realize that it’s one of the most fun activities on the water.

Shayne Benowitz is a freelance writer. Follow the fun on Twitter @FuryKeyWest and @ShayneBenowitz.

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