Parasailing FAQs

What is parasailing?

This exhilarating experience is a must for all thrill seekers. For those unfamiliar, parasailing allows you to effortlessly drift along hundreds of feet above the ocean, enjoying a one-of-a-kind view.

How do we take off and land?

Our brand new custom built parasail boats will allow a smooth and easy takeoff and landing. Each parasailer, or tandem group of parasailers, will slowly lift off of the back of the boat with ease. You will enjoy the ride in a comfortable swing-like harness in a seated position. Each parasailer, tandem, or triple, will softly land on the back of the boat in that same sitting position. A dip in the water is optional, and recommended, but you will always take off from and land on the boat.

Do I have to hold on?

No! The crew may ask you to hold on for takeoff and landing, but you are not holding yourself in the chute. The harness does all the work for you! Just sit back and relax

Can I fly with someone?

Most people in most conditions can sit side by side (tandem). Restrictions apply. When asked, please be sure to tell the captain your correct weight. Weather, wind, sea, and weight of each flyer are all factors that play a part in the captain's decision on single, tandem, or triple flying.
Is there a price difference if two or three people fly together?

The prices are all per person. Whether you fly with someone, or alone, the prices remain per person. We always do our best to accommodate your requests; however, safety is our number one priority. Our captains have the final say in flying order and single, tandem, and triple flights.
Are there any weight restrictions?

Minimum weight to fly alone is roughly 110lbs; Not exceeding roughly 425 lbs in tandem or triple. If you have any questions or concerns about the weight of your group, just give us a call so we can work something out for you. (The captain may change these safety restrictions due to weather conditions.)

Is there an age requirement?

YES. No child under 6 permitted on our boats, although participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their liability waiver prior to boarding the vessel. The minimum weight required to parasail is roughly 110 pounds. If the flyer is less than 110 pounds, they will simply fly tandem with another parasailer, with their combined weight not to exceed roughly 425 pounds. Weight requirements may change on any given day or time due to the wind conditions. Again, safety is always our number one priority.

Do I need experience or be physically fit to go parasailing?

No skills or experience is necessary. Just sit back, relax and let our experienced crew do the work to get you air born

Do I have to get wet?

No. The choice is yours you may get wet (take a short dip in the water) or you may stay fully dry. Should you choose to get wet (highly recommended!) the captain will bring you in for a graceful dip (usually about knee deep).

Do we have to be able to swim?

No. All takeoffs and landings are done from the back of the boat, so if you don't want to get wet you won't have to! In the unlikely event of a mechanical malfunction, all participants are required to wear lifejackets while parasailing and you'll be in the safe hands of our highly trained crew. Anyone can fly—including the young, the old, and someone with special needs. We are happy to safely accommodate everyone.

Do we run on the beach like in Mexico?

No. Forget about any of the crazy stories you may have heard. State of the art winch boat technology allows all takeoffs and landings to be hydraulically controlled, taking place from the back of the boat. Our parasail boats are United States Coast Guard inspected, and custom built specifically for parasailing.

Do you offer a Photo/Video of our experience?

Yes. We offer a photo and video service from the boat utilizing Professional Cannon cameras with 300mm zoom lenses. The cost is $30 for a digital SD card with Approx. 40-50 high resolution shots and a few short videos of each flight of your entire adventure! Good up to four people , five or more just add $5.00. Take the photos home and put them on your computer to email friends or take the SD card to a local photo-shop or digital kiosk for printing, then the SD is yours to reuse! Our photographer captures the most memorable moments as you relax and enjoy the experience.

Why should we get the photo package?

We recommend you leave your expensive camera or phone at home and take advantage of our premium photo package. We know just when and how to get the best shots and, more importantly, anything brought on the boat will be subject to salt spray—including your camera. East Coast Parasail does not accept any responsibility for the safety and well-being of your electronic gadgets—you will come through this experience just fine, but your camera and your cell phone? Well…

Do you accept walk-ups? / Do you accept reservations?

Yes, we do accept walk-ups; however, reservations are almost always necessary. Our boats fill up early, so book your trip early in your vacation.

How do I make a reservation?

Call us at 1-609-898-FLY or use our on-line DISCOUNTED ticket voucher system to locate available trips and place your reservation. When calling, please be ready with your contact information, number of Flyers and observers (non-flyers), along with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover card to hold your reservation. On-line DISCOUNTED ticket vouchers/Gift cards/and Gift certificates cannot be used to hold reservation.

What is East Coast Parasail's cancellation policy?

Reservations require a 24 hour notice of cancellation. Any seats not canceled 24 hours prior to trip will be charged 50% of the ticket.

What forms of payment are accepted?

CASH, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, travelers checks and on-line DISCOUNTED ticket vouchers are gladly accepted. Please provide identification with your payment at check-in.

What if weather is bad at the time of our reservation?

If weather-related rescheduling is necessary, our staff will make every effort to accommodate you during your vacation. If there is inclement weather, we do not leave the dock, so try to book your reservation at the beginning of your stay!

Can people go on the boat and watch?

Yes. The cost for non-flying observers is $35. We do accept reservations for observers (non-flyers).We are the only company that accepts reservations for observers. Parasailing is a family activity and we want everyone to enjoy it. Besides 95% of all our observers become flyers once they see it in action. We will only allow 2 observers per flyer.

What should I bring?

You should plan on getting at least a little wet, even if you don't want a dip—sometimes passing boats cause some light sprays of water. So wear a bathing suit, and bring a towel. You should plan on being away from the dock for about an hour and a half, so sun block is a good idea and so is a sweatshirt if it's cool that day.

Who regulates Parasailing?

New Jersey is one of two states in the US that regulate parasail companies with state laws. The New Jersey State Marine Police enforce N.J.S.A 12:7-34.34.49. These laws are the strictest in the industry. The New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Boat Regulation Commission, along with many Top ranked New Jersey parasail companies just improved upon and strengthened existing laws over the past two years. The new laws are in effect for the 2013 season. The state laws cover such things as weather, equipment, vessel logs, altitude, and distance to shore. So the New Jersey State Police, police us while engaged in Parasailing. We also fall under Federal Law by the United States Coast Guard. The USCG inspects and certifies all of our Vessels, Crew, and Master Captains. The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) also regulates us because we use airspace that commercial and pleasure aircraft utilize. Lastly our A-plus insurance companies also do periodic spot safety checks. New Jersey thanks to tough state laws is the safest place to fly in the county!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is parasailing safe?

Parasailing accidents are extremely rare in the US. Your safety is our first priority! We have flown thousands and thousands of people and have maintained a 100% safety record since we started. All of our captains have taken and passed United States Coast Guard Captain tests, and achieved Master Captain status. All of our captains and crew are subject to random drug testing, and all receive industry-standard safety training on a regular basis.

What happens if the boat stops suddenly?

Our vessels and equipment are inspected daily and they are kept to very specific mechanical standards. In the unlikely event of a mechanical malfunction, the participants are gently lowered into the water (lifejackets are mandatory) and retrieved by another vessel in our fleet immediately. Again, you are never in any danger, the absolute worst case scenario is that you get the "special dip"!

What happens if the line breaks?

The line is designed to withstand 8,000 pounds of pressure. The average parasail ride only produces 800 pounds. It is very uncommon for the line to break, but if it does, you are never in any danger. If the line should break, the parachute will slowly and gently bring the parasailers to the water. The parachute is designed to land in the water behind the parasailers, never on top of them. Your lifejackets will allow you to comfortably float and the boat will immediately pick you back up.

Should I tip the crew?

Absolutely, if you have enjoyed your trip, the crew was professional and attends to your needs. They mostly work for gratuity.

Where do I park?

There are plenty of free parking spots available at the marina.

When are you open?

We are open the weekend before Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend from 8am - sunset full time. After Labor Day, reservations are required for the month of September.