Here are a few questions that some of our past guests have had for us. If you have one not seen below, please feel free to CONTACT US, and we will be sure to answer it and add it to our list.
What should we wear?
Swimwear works best. Wear whatever is comfortable for you.
Can our group bring bags or camera?
No, our insurance will NOT allow cameras, cellphones, coolers, or bags. We include one free photo per beach parasail ride.
Can 3 people fly together?
It just depends on wind conditions and weight of fliers. The captain has the final decision depending on the wind and weather conditions.
Is there a price difference if two or three people fly together?
The majority of flights are tandem or triples due to weight restrictions. The prices are all per person and depend on the package chosen.
Is there an age requirement?
Yes, minimum age to parasail is 5 yrs old. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian to sign their liability waiver prior to boarding the vessel.
What if I’m pregnant?
Unfortunately our insurance will NOT allow anyone that is pregnant to parasail or even board the boat as an observer. We would love to fly you at a later date.
Are there restrictions on weight?
Anywhere from 90lbs.- 450lbs. depending on the wind conditions, that increase and decrease throughout the day, will determine the amount of weight needed in the Parasail.
How do we get into the air?
You will slowly be lifted off the back of the boat from a seated position, enjoy the ride with swing-like harnesses. After your flight you will than slowly descend back on to the boat in a standing position.
What happens if the boat suddenly stops while we are in the air?
Our vessels are inspected daily and kept to very high mechanical standards. additionally, life jackets are mandatory for all passengers. In the unlikely event, flyers are gently lowered to the water and retrieved immediately.
Do we ever touch the water?
Parasailing is a watersport! The entire experience can be completely dry if requested, but the majority of people that have done this describe the “dip” as the BEST part. We definitely recommend it. Please advise your captain as you get on the boat if you prefer to stay dry.
Can we pick our flying partners?
We always do our best to accommodate your requests, however, safety is our #1 Priority. The parachute requires a certain amount of weight to fly safely. For this reason, small children or lighter passengers may have to fly with an adult or larger person. It is the Captain’s decision.
Can we have observers in the boat who aren’t flying?
Yes, when space is available. The cost for non-flying observers is $30.00+tax. Dont miss out on a moment of your family vacation; come along for the ride and watch the others have a blast. Although we must warn you, more often than not observers change their minds and actually go up in the air!
Do you take pictures of our experience?
Beach parasailing packages come with a free photo per ride. After your beach parasail ride, please go to smilespix.com to get your photo. If you have any issues retrieving your photo, please contact Smiles Beach Photography at 850.249.3349.
Shell Island parasailing has an optional photo package for purchase through RECORDED RIDES.
Shell Island Parasail
1 Mile / 1 Dip 600 ft
2 Miles / 2 Dips 800 ft
$85 Super Deluxe
3 Miles / 2 Dips 1000 ft
4 Miles / 3 Dips 1200 ft
$55 Early Bird Rides
(9 am, and 10 am only)
2 Miles / 2 Dips 800 ft
(some restrictions apply)
Observers $30/person when available
SCAREDY CAT: 2 miles, 600 feet of rope and refreshing dip into the Emerald Green Waters of the Gulf of Mexico. $79.00 Per person
THRILL SEEKER: 3-4 miles, 800 feet of line and TWO refreshing dips into the Emerald Green Waters of the Gulf of Mexico. $99.00 Per Person