When it comes to exhilarating water sports, it doesn’t get any more thrilling than parasailing. The thought of sitting high in the air as you are pulled across the water is extremely appealing to adrenalin junkies and adventure seekers alike.
Parasailing is one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences that people typically only tend to do when on holiday. If it looks dangerous, that’s because it is. Without the right level of care and attention, parasailing can cause all manner of accidents and injuries on holiday.
How can I avoid having to claim for travel accident compensation following a holiday accident whilst parasailing?
The Parasailing Safety Council, an organisation which is based in Florida but deals with parasailing all over the globe, conducted a study in which they found the most common causes of parasailing accidents are:
- The tow line separating from the boat
- Landing on the water or deck at high speeds
- Equipment failure or malfunction
The study also found that many victims of parasailing accidents suffered whiplash injuries.
So, how can these unpleasant circumstances be avoided? After all, nothing puts a dampener on a holiday quite like a serious accident abroad so they are to be avoided wherever possible.
The first step is to find a reputable company. Ideally, you want one that has been in the business for a number of years and is highly recommended by customers. Internet forums are a goldmine for finding out this sort of information. Your chosen company should also boast all the necessary licenses and qualifications, an experienced crew and be located at a beach with a strong lifeguard presence and coastguard cover.
The next step is to check the weather. Rainy, windy and foggy conditions significantly increase the likelihood of an accident whilst parasailing occurring, so don’t be afraid to call up the company on the day of your trip if you are unsure or nervous in any way.
It is important that you pay close attention to the safety demonstrations and instructions given by the crew. As with any sport that uses the natural environment as its venue, not all hazards to health whilst parasailing can be controlled but knowing what to do in certain situations can go a long way to keeping you safe.
If you are hurt in an accident abroad, our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can process your injury claim.