Parasailing feels safe. The company has all of the equipment, the workers who strap you in seem to know what they’re doing and they all seem confident. You can see other people doing the same activity out over the water, and it looks like they’re having a great time. You don’t have experience with the safety equipment and procedures, so you assume the company knows what they’re doing and they’ll keep you safe.
But will they? It’s a serious question that you need to ask, as accidents can be fatal or lead to significant injuries. This isn’t a sport where you want anything to go wrong, but studies have determined that quite a few accidents happen because of faulty equipment. Again, you may not see any red flags or warning signs because this isn’t equipment that you have ever used before, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe. If it breaks in flight, the risks to you are tremendous.
Plus, there is a concerning lack of regulation around the industry, which you would expect to find in such a dangerous sport. According to Forbes, operators lack regulations regarding training, certification, and equipment inspections. They may even be able to use their own judgment when deciding if the weather conditions are too dangerous.
In short, you are putting a lot of faith in a company that holds your life in its hands but that doesn’t have much oversight. If an accident happens and you get seriously injured, contact the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A. to learn more about all of the options you have. Mr. Merting is Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law and has been re-certified four times.