Q: What part of our vacation should we plan parasailing for?
A: We encourage you to plan parasailing for the first part of your vacation. That way, if the weather does not cooperate you will have other opportunities to fly. Some folks who aren't familiar with Cox’s Bazar’s unpredictable weather have made the mistake of trying to plan for parasailing on the last day of their vacation, only to have Mother Nature rain on their parade.
Q: What’s the weather like in Cox’s Bazar?
A: Beautiful. The near perfect weather makes us proud to parasail here and call this home…Bangladesh’s true Paradise.
Here’s what to expect as far as parasailing. November to March tend to be cooler, less humid, and bit on the windy side. Though a gorgeous time to fly high it may take us a few tries to get you out there because of the high winds, which are a no-no for us.
The pristine, warmer waters in June through August make our dips so much more refreshing. Nice! But we are always on the lookout for our infamous afternoon showers.
Please keep in mind that because your safety is our priority, we don’t hesitate to call it a day if Mother Nature is not cooperating. We don’t want to disappoint but as always, your safety is our #1 priority. Again, planning your parasailing adventure with these weather patterns in mind and being prepared with Plan B’s will surely increase your chances of flying high over our coastal jewel.
Q: Is parasailing scary?
A: Actually, it's quite the opposite. Parasailing is very serene and peaceful. Because the take offs and landings are slow and gradual, you don't have to worry about having a frightening experience.
Q: Is parasailing safe?
A: Parasailing is safe because we make it safe. Our formula is simple: we have the most sophisticated equipment the industry makes; we don’t fly in winds over 20 mph; we stay at least 1600 ft. from shore in winds over 10 mph; we don’t fly in high seas or during small craft advisories; and we do not fly in thunderstorms. Again, your safety is our priority.
Q: Do we need to make reservations?
A: Yes, because of the event’s popularity and limited seating we encourage reservations. There have been times when guests have shown up without a reservation only to have to wait a several turns for an opening. HOWEVER, if there is room, walk-up guests are welcome.
Q: How does parasailing work?
A: After getting outfitted with a life vest and harness, you will be clipped to the parachute. Then you will stand on the beach while Funfest staff inflate the parachute. Following the boat will slowly start cruising you go up real nice and smooth, just like sitting on a swing set that slowly elevates you for the experience of a lifetime. And yes, all take offs and landings are done straight from the boat and our beach staff so you can stay dry if you prefer.
Q: Do I need prior experience?
A: Prior experience is not necessary. The captain and staffs do ALL the work for you. You just have to come prepared to have a good time.
Q: Do I have to get wet?
A: No, you don't have to get wet if you don't want to. Our way of flying is called controlled parasailing, meaning you take off and land smoothly right from the beach. If you opt for it, there is a fun wet part towards the end of your flight. The captain slows the boat down and has you gently freefall, dipping your sun kissed feet in the water for a refreshing splash. You then land back safely on the beach.
Q: Can I go if I have suffered spinal, back, or neck injuries in the past?
A: We ask that if you have suffered from these types of injuries you refrain from going parasailing or even on the boat.
Q: How old do I need to be to fly?
A: Parasailors must be at least 5-years-old to parasail. Guests 17-years-old or younger must have an adult sign them in. On the other end of the spectrum, sky’s the limit: the oldest person we flew to date was 64 years-old. Parasailing is special in that it truly is an activity that most family members can enjoy together!
Q: Is there a weight restriction?
A: To fly alone you must weigh at least 130 lbs. and for flights weighing over 350 lbs., it will be up to the captain to determine. Again, this all can vary according to weather conditions.
Q: How long are the flight times?
A: Single flights are approximately 6-8 minutes.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Ladies: bathing suits under clothing and delayer accordingly. Gentlemen shorts/bathing suits and T-shirts are great. In the Winter it could be a little chilly, at least for Cox’s Bazar’s standards, so you may want to bring a jacket or hoodie. Flip-flops or sandals are the ideal footwear.
Q: Can I take my camera up with me?
A: You are allowed to take a camera up at your own risk, and should take into consideration the height and water risks of dropping something of value. Disposable cameras are best. We also offer a digital photo package as another option to capture your good times.
Q: What if it rains?
A: A little sprinkle and we stay out and continue parasailing. Thunderstorms around, and we come in to shore. Based on weather radar we may then either go on stand-by or close down. If you weren’t able to fly then you may choose to be refunded or rescheduled for when we think the sun will shine on us again.
Q: What form of payment do you accept?
A: We accept CASH only at this point.
Q: Is it customary to tip the crew? A: Just like others in the service industry, the crew works very hard to make sure all your needs aboard the boat are taken care of. It is customary to show them your appreciation by tipping to your preference.
Q: Are there group discounts?
A: Absolutely. Groups of 6 or more get a discount if you book directly from us. Call us for more information.
Q: What kind of boat do you have?
A: Our boat has been specifically designed for parasailing following PAPO standards and also maintaining ISO standards. Our boat is equipped with two brand new Yamaha engines, hence if one fails (which we guarantee won’t happen), there is always a backup engine. In addition we have First Aid Kit and CPR knowledge by our staff.
Q: What happens if the tow line snaps or the boat breaks down?
A: To insure this never happens, we insist on a rigorous maintenance program for all our equipment. In the unlikely event of problems with the boat or tow line, the parasail would slowly float down and gently land in the water. Safety flotation jackets are worn by all fliers, so there is no risk of drowning. The boat will circle around immediately, so by the time you land safely in the water, we’ll be there to pick you up.
Q: What happens if the line breaks?
A: The line is designed to withstand 10,000 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 as the boat will immediately pick you back up.
Q: Do we have to be able to swim?
A: No. All takeoffs and landings are done from the beach. In the unlikely event of a mechanical malfunction all participants are required to wear lifejackets while parasailing. Anyone can fly—including the young, old, and someone with special needs. We are happy to safely accommodate everyone.
Q: What happens if the boat stops suddenly?
A: Our vessels and equipment is inspected daily, and kept to very specific mechanical standards. Our boats are equipped with two Yamaha engines, hence if one fails, there is always a backup engine. 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, worst case scenario you get wet!
Q: Do I ever touch the water?
A: The entire experience can be completely dry. If requested, we will provide a “dip” in which we simply lower the parachute toward the water, which allows you to have your feet or bottom touch the water. You will then be lifted back up and continue the ride as usual. This is entirely dependent on the weather condition.
Once again, SAFETY is our first and only priority followed by providing an entertaining experience for our clients.