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The first thing you need to know before you go Hawaii parasailing is the difference between parasailing and paragliding. Paragliding involves being strapped into a foot-launched plane and letting the wind lift the wings and float you through the air. Parasailing is something entirely different. In parasailing you are strapped into in a parachute and attached to a boat. The boat then takes off pulling you in your air-lifted parachute into the sheer joy of flying. The parasailor has no control over the flight. All you can do is let the experience flow over you. You will be flying over the water with the greatest of ease.
Parasailing is a team effort. If you go Hawaii parasailing, the other part of the team is likely going to be an experienced parasailing professional who will help you get into the parachute and who will travel at a speed that is safe and comfortable to you. The parasailing business will give you instructions before you begin on water safety and how to land. Even if the exhilaration of parasailing wipes your mind completely clear of the landing instructions the professional who is driving the boat for you is able to guide you to a safe arrival on board with a power winch. For the real thrill seeker, there are tours where you can parasail up to 800 feet in the air. A speed boat will pull you through the Pacific Ocean.
A group can go out for an hour with each member being pulled through the air for a wild 10 minutes. It is very safe and, after all, the parasailor does nothing other than let the sailing in the air just happen. Even a child can enjoy parasailing. Most parasailing outfits have a requirement that the parasailing person be at least five years old. Younger children can go out on the boat (with adult accompaniment). About the only caveat is that the person not have any fear of heights. If you are nervous, several people can parasail together. The maximum weight limit is 450 pounds.
The thrill of parasailing began by accident when a parachute instructor, Pierre Lamoigne, needed a way to get the parachuting student into the air. In the 1960s, he devised a way to attach the parachute to his car and pull the parachutist along until he or she was airborne. As the person floated up into the air and the car increased speed, the notion of parasailing was invented.