Parasailing looks like fun, but the National Transportation Safety Board calls it "risky," frightening accidents have occurred, and only three states have regulations.
If you're planning to parasail, industry safety expert Mark McCulloh offers these safety tips:
- Don't go up without a safety briefing first. "If you're on a boat and the operator does not give you a safety briefing, you need to leave the boat right away," McCulloh says.
- If the equipment looks old, get off the boat.
- Always agree on an emergency signal before you take off.