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Plan on going parasailing this summer? Stay safe with these tips

Summer time in Fort Walton Beach often means water sports. Water skiing, boating or jet skiing are some of the more common activities tourists and residents alike participate in, especially during this time of year. Another activity popular with many people is parasailing.

If this is one of the items on your bucket list, you may want to do some of your own research instead of relying solely on the company providing you with this thrill to keep you safe.

What could go wrong?

The truth is that statistically, parasailing remains a fairly safe activity. However, that does not mean that nothing could go wrong. The most common issues that arise during this particular activity that could end up causing you injuries are as follows:

  • The weather plays a significant role in your safety. Even if an operator or company says it's safe to parasail in high winds or thunderstorms, don't believe it.
  • The condition of the towrope is crucial. If it looks dirty, worn, frayed or faded, it may snap at a critical moment.
  • The operator's abilities count. Without the proper training, the boat's operator may cause you injury.
  • The condition of the sail, the boat and the harness makes a difference when it comes to safety. Any equipment that is poorly maintained or defective could result in your injury.
  • The operator's knowledge of emergency and safety procedures matters too. If the operator doesn't know what to do, you could pay the price.

Additionally, if an operator promises to take you close to the shore or let you out over 500 feet, consider it a red flag. In either case, you risk increasing the possibility of something going wrong. For example, it's safer for you to be around 1,500 feet from the shore in order to avoid potential obstacles and provide you with a better chance of walking away if your towline breaks. Of course, you should run, not walk, away from any company that doesn't require you to wear a life jacket.

If you do suffer an injury

If your parasailing experience falls into the small percentage in which people suffer injuries, you may have legal recourse. A thorough investigation into what went wrong may reveal that the negligence of the operator, the company or both caused your injuries. Furthermore, if an equipment failure contributed to or caused your accident, the manufacturer may also bear some liability.

Before proceeding with your claim, you may find it beneficial to obtain an understanding of your legal rights and options.

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