Once you head to any of the Lake Tahoe beaches, you will definitely see a bunch people parasailing. I saw the parasailing wings (not the parachutes!) on one of the very first days in Tahoe and I already knew it – I have to do it by myself! And I did – thanks to Ski Run Boat Company. Believe me, it’s worth every penny!
So… what is it really about? Let’s have a look at Wikipedia:
Parasailing, also known as parascending or parakiting, is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that reminds one of a parachute, known as a parasail wing. Parasail wing is connected to the boat by the tow rope. The vehicle then drives off, carrying the wing and person into the air. If the boat is powerful enough, two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time. The parascender has little or no control over the parachute.
Well, it sounds a bit scary and looks a bit frightening as well. But don’t be afraid! Statistically speaking, parasailing is very safe. Between 1982 and 2012, there were an estimated 150 million parasail rides with just .00001 percent chance of a bad outcome. Even though I had it in my mind, I still felt a bit unsure. Now I can tell you: don’t overthink, just do it!
3, 2, 1… start!
Needless to say, the view of the lake and surrounding mountains was just a-m-a-z-i-n-g! The “flight” took approx. 7 minutes only, but it was so worth it! Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my phone over there, being afraid of losing it immediately after the take off. Surprisingly, the wind on the height of 500 ft. was much weaker than on the ground! Actually, there was no wind at all, so if you feel confident about holding your phone in your hand, I suggest you take it with you.
Some practical information: each parasailing ride lasts about one hour and takes approx. 10 people on board. I was the first one to parasail, so after the 7 minute flight, I could just sit and enjoy the speedboat ride. You can choose to either fly just by yourself or have a companion – the maximum is 2 people “hanging” next to each other. Also, remember to bring some sunscreen – even one hour without any protection can end really badly in California and especially in Tahoe (due to the elevation).
Go ahead and have a look at the photos – I’m pretty sure you’d also love it!