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Parasailing in Duck Outer Banks, NC​


  • We honor competitors’ coupons from Duck and Corolla
  • We fly to the highest flights anywhere in the U.S.
  • Our crew is fun and committed to your safety

Enjoy the best view of the Outer Banks as you soar to new heights with friends and family! Choose the number of flyers and your line length. Most flyers choose to ride side by side in doubles and triples.

Nor’Banks wants to give you the best experience at the best price … if you find a lower parasailing price in Duck or Corolla, we’ll match it!

Eagle (800 ft.) $99 per person

Our most popular!

Duck (700 ft.) $89 per person
Chicken (600 ft.) $79 per person
Observers $35 (one per party)
Photos $35 per group
Video $35 per group
Photo and Video $60 per group
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Come Find Out Why Nor’Banks is the Highest-Rated Parasailing Operation on The Outer Banks on Google, Yelp and TripAdvisor!

  • We have the best crew around
  • We have a great facility with bathrooms, changing rooms and showers
  • We have a huge grassy lawn to spread out and relax

Nor’Banks’ new facility offers tons of shaded space to relax and huge bathrooms with showers and changing rooms. Our shop has all your beach essentials and high-end Nor’Banks apparel. We share our building with The Village Table and Tavern, the best new restaurant around. To top it off, we have an awesome crew that’s dedicated to sharing your passion for fun in the sun. We’d love the opportunity to show you why our parasailing is one of the top-rated things to do in Duck and why Nor’Banks is one of the best watersports businesses in the world!


Don’t Forget To Add Your Photo Package

Our mates are excellent photographers and use a Nikon D500, one of the best DSLR cameras on the market, to get great shots of your whole group. Youll get tons of photos on a reusable 16GB Class 10 Micro SD Card with Adapter thats yours to keep!

FAQsSafetySpecialsWhy Nor'Banks?
Who can parasail?

Parasailing is an excellent option for nearly everyone! Participants must be able to fit snugly in the proper-size harness, and the combined weight of the 1, 2 or 3 people on your flight must be between 150 and 450 pounds. Minimum weights may need to be higher depending on conditions. Children as young as 5 years old may parasail. Our extra-small harness fits children as small as 35 pounds. If you have any specific concerns due to health, mobility or other issues, please call us and we will discuss your options.

What time should I arrive at Nor'Banks?

To ensure a timely departure, we ask all of our customers to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled parasail adventure.


What should I bring?

Prepare as you would for the beach. Bring water, a towel, sunscreen and a hat, as there is no shade on the parasail boat. A bathing suit is the best attire, especially if you would like to take a dip in the water at the end of your flight. You may also want to bring extra layers for sun protection and cool weather, as well as cash to tip the crew. We also have many of these items available for purchase in our shop.

What should I avoid bringing?

Well ask you to leave your shoes on the pier and to apply sunscreen before you leave shore. You can lock valuables in your car and leave your keys with our office staff.

Will I get wet?

The Icarus II is an Ocean Pro 31, the driest parasail boat in production. However, the shuttle ride to the boat can get a little wet on choppy days. You will stay dry on your parasail ride unless you opt for a dip in the water on the way back in.

How long will I be out on the boat?

The length of your boat ride will depend on the number of flights scheduled. Expect to be on the water between 45 and 90 minutes.

Can I choose to fly side by side with friends and family?

Yes! You may choose to fly with a double or triple group. However, the captain may alter your chosen combinations based on your weight and the weather conditions. We do our best to make sure that these changes work in your favor. For example, if your triple is too heavy to fly, we can turn it into two doubles by flying one member of your party twice for no extra charge. The total weight requirement for passengers flying together is between 150 and 450 pounds (range is subject to change based on wind and weather conditions). A single flier can’t weigh more than 350 pounds.

Do you offer private trips?

Our parasail boat accommodates up to 12 passengers, and typically, you will be going out with other parties. Ask us about private trips if you have a larger group.

How high up will I be?

Our three options, “Chicken”, “Duck” and “Eagle,” will get you about 200, 350 or 400 feet off the water (with 500, 700 and 800 feet of towline used, respectively). Your exact altitude will vary based on weather conditions, but to put it in perspective, on the Eagle flight, our most popular option, you’ll be soaring as high as 40 stories—the maximum height allowed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) anywhere in the country!

How long is the flight?

Each flight is 10-12 minutes depending on the height you choose.

Is it customary to tip?

Its customary to tip the captain and crew 15-20% for good service.

Can I come along if I am not parasailing?

We can guarantee a spot for 1 observer per party for a charge of $35 if there’s room on the boat. Additional observers may be added as space allows. Observers must be able-bodied and in good physical condition.

Nor’Banks’ Commitment to Your Safety

We at Nor’Banks are dedicated to your safety, as well as that of your friends and family, and we spare no expense to offer the best crew and equipment available. Whether you choose to parasail with us or anywhere else around the world, read below for some helpful tips to choose the safest parasail experience.

What can you do as a consumer to ensure a safer parasail experience?

Ask questions!
Is the vessel Coast Guard certified? What type of parasail training has the captain and crew undergone? How old are the parasails and harnesses in use, and when is the last time they were inspected by the manufacturer or the captain? What type of safety equipment is available onboard for a water landing? What type of safety drills does the crew run? Your captain and crew should be able to answer these questions with confidence.

Check your equipment
Is the equipment worn, frayed or broken? Are the harnesses, life preservers or parasails kept out in the sun? Do they have any loose stitching or home repairs? If the parasail equipment looks suspect to you, do not proceed with your flight!

Check your fit
Is the crew giving you the smallest harness in which you can comfortably fit? Does the harness fit tightly under the life jacket and low on the waist according to the manufacturer’s guidelines? In the event of a water landing, harness size and fit matter!

Know Your Operators
Operators that are only interested in making a profit may encourage their captains to work in borderline weather conditions, pushing the limits of safe operation. Usually, even these ill-advised flights will conclude without incident, and may even offer an exciting ride for participants. But operating in extreme conditions leaves no room for error. In ideal conditions, even an equipment failure will not result in an accident, as there are several redundancies built into the proper parasail process to safeguard participants.

Operators that are only concerned with offering the lowest price and achieving the highest volume often neglect to replace and repair equipment according to manufacturer recommendations and Watersports Industry Association (WSIA) standards. They may not invest in the latest parasail safety equipment or spend the time and money to properly train their staff. If you choose a bargain parasail flight, be aware of what to look for and what questions to ask, so you can fly with confidence.

Responsible operators know their limits. No matter how much experience a captain has, there are times when a flight is too risky. Captains should make a call based not on their ability alone, but on how effectively the safety procedures can be carried out in the event of an equipment malfunction. In good conditions, a participant can be kept safe, even when something goes wrong. Knowing this, a good parasail operator will never push the limits.

Responsible operators continue to seek knowledge and training. There is no legal requirement dictating a specific course of training for parasail captains. Many experienced operators base their practices on older techniques or anecdotal evidence. A responsible operator will keep abreast of new parasailing technology and seek official training from the source: the leading designers and manufacturers of parasail equipment.

What Do We Do at NorBanks to Ensure a Safe Parasail Flight?

The owner and parasail captain have received training directly from the leading equipment designer and manufacturer, and conduct training drills to prepare for every situation.

We are an active member of the Watersports Industry Association (WSIA). The WSIA defines the industry standard for safety in parasail operations. We meet or exceed all WSIA standards for equipment, weather and training.

We operate only in safe weather conditions, we monitor the weather constantly, and we maintain more stringent guidelines for safe operation than indicated by the WSIA.

Our flagship, Icarus II, is an Ocean Pro 31. Icarus II is the newest parasail boat in operation on the Outer Banks. Each vessel involved in our parasail operation is inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard and is certified to carry 12 passengers.

All of our Parasail USCG Captains and Mates are CPR/First Aid Certified and enrolled in a random testing consortium to ensure a drug-free work environment.

All of our boats and equipment are inspected daily to ensure proper operation and each inspection is recorded. We are equipped with the latest in parasail safety technology, including the Chute Wrangler and the Sea Snail.

Come find out why Nor’Banks is the highest-rated parasail operator on TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook and Yelp!

Nor’Banks wants to offer you the best experience at the best price … We’ll match any parasailing price in Duck or Corolla and we even accept competitor’s coupons! Just show us the website or coupon from any competitor in Corolla or Duck, and we guarantee we can match or beat it.

Monday-Tuesday In-Season Special

Enter code WEBFly6 to get $6 off each flyer all day Monday and Tuesday!

Early-Bird In-Season Parasail Flight

Enter code WEBFly6 to get $6 off each flyer on the first boat of the day on Wednesday through Saturday!

*To ensure space for flyers, we limit you to 1 observer per party at the time of booking. More observers may be added at your departure if space allows.

We know you have several choices for your parasailing adventure on the Outer Banks and we would love the opportunity to show you why we’re the top-rated parasail operation in the Outer Banks on TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google! Here are just a few of the things we do to ensure an excellent experience…

We Buy the Best Equipment

We only use the best chutes and harnesses from Custom Chutes. Custom Chutes is the industry’s leading designer and manufacturer of parasailing equipment. Our equipment is tested rigorously and replaced frequently. Read more about parasailing safety.

We Use the Best Boat

Our flagship, the Icarus II, is the newest parasail vessel operating on the Outer Banks. The USCG Certified 12 Passenger Ocean Pro is custom-designed for parasailing. It’s the driest and most comfortable parasail boat on the market and the envy of captains everywhere.

We Are an Active Member of the WSIA

The Water Sports Industry Association helps designate best practices for parasailing and other watersports activities. As active members, Nor’Banks captains and management not only follow all WSIA standards and best practices, we attend WSIA meetings annually to help develop the guidelines. We’re actively involved in the development of these standards to ensure they live up to our own rigorous standards.

We Have an Awesome Facility!

With a total renovation completed in 2018, our facilities are better than ever before! We still have lots of parking and a huge grassy lawn with tons of space, and we’ve added large restrooms, showers and changing rooms, as well as loads of shaded areas to relax and enjoy the Currituck Sound. Our new reservation center has an expanded retail section with great apparel, sunscreen, dry bags, sunglasses and more.

We Have a Great Restaurant On-Site!

The Village Table and Tavern is the best new restaurant in Duck with great fresh seafood, beautiful Sound views and live music throughout the week.

We Stand Behind Our Service

We want every experience at Nor’Banks to be great. If there is any reason that your experience with us isn’t one of the best during your stay in the Outer Banks, we will do everything we can to make it right. Just let us know.

We Love What We Do!

We are passionate about our jobs and it shows!

Elevate Your Outer Banks Experience: Parasailing at Nor’Banks Sailing in Duck, NC

Are you ready to take your vacation to extraordinary heights? At Nor’Banks Sailing in Duck, North Carolina, we offer an unparalleled parasailing adventure that combines adrenaline, stunning scenery, and sheer exhilaration. Picture yourself gliding high above the pristine waters of the Outer Banks, with a bird’s-eye view that will leave you breathless. Here’s why parasailing at Nor’Banks Sailing is the pinnacle of adventure on the Outer Banks.

Why Nor’Banks Sailing is the Top Spot for Parasailing

Unmatched Thrills and Safety: At Nor’Banks Sailing, we blend the perfect mix of heart-racing excitement and rigorous safety standards. Our experienced crew is committed to providing a seamless and secure experience, ensuring that your parasailing adventure is both thrilling and worry-free.

Incredible Vistas: The location in Duck, NC, offers some of the most awe-inspiring views of the Outer Banks. As you soar up to 400 vertical feet, you’ll gaze out over the sparkling Currituck Sound, the expansive Atlantic Ocean, and the dunes and live oaks that define this coastal paradise.

Adventure for All: Parasailing at Nor’Banks Sailing is perfect for anyone seeking a unique way to experience the Outer Banks. It’s an adventure that caters to all – from thrill-seekers to those wanting a serene sky-high journey. Families, couples, and groups of friends will all find something to love.

Your Parasailing Journey

From the moment you step onto our custom parasailing vessel, you’ll know this is no ordinary adventure. Here’s what awaits:

  1. Briefing and Gear Up: Start with a warm welcome and an in-depth safety briefing from our seasoned crew. Gear up with a secure harness and life jacket, preparing you for the flight of a lifetime.
  2. Lift-Off: Feel the anticipation build as the boat glides over the calm waters. When it’s your turn, you’ll be gently lifted off the deck and into the open sky.
  3. Flight of a Lifetime: Experience the unparalleled sensation of flight as you rise to your desired altitude. Enjoy the rush of wind, the expansive horizon, and the sense of boundless freedom. Capture stunning photos, wave to your friends below, or simply savor the moment.
  4. Smooth Descent: After your incredible flight, you’ll be brought back down to the boat with a gentle descent, ready to share your exhilarating experience.

Pro Tips for an Epic Parasailing Adventure

Maximize your parasailing adventure with these insider tips:

  • Dress Smart: Choose comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and secure footwear. If you’re up for it, a swimsuit is perfect for a splash landing.
  • Capture Every Moment: Bring a waterproof camera or a phone with a secure strap to capture those epic views and memories.
  • Hydrate: Stay refreshed by drinking plenty of water before and after your flight, especially on hot days.
  • Embrace the Experience: Trust our expert crew and fully immerse yourself in the adventure. The ascent and descent are smooth, designed for maximum enjoyment.

Secure Your Spot Now

Are you ready to redefine your Outer Banks getaway? Booking your parasailing adventure at Nor’Banks Sailing is straightforward. Book online or give us a call to schedule your flight. With flexible time slots, we make it easy to fit this unforgettable experience into your plans.

Parasailing at Nor’Banks Sailing in Duck, North Carolina, is not just an activity – it’s an experience that stays with you long after your feet touch the ground. Whether you’re chasing thrills or seeking a new perspective on the Outer Banks, parasailing delivers an unparalleled adventure. Don’t miss out on the chance to soar high, take in the breathtaking views, and create unforgettable memories.

Book your parasailing adventure today and discover why Nor’Banks Sailing is the ultimate destination for parasailing on the Outer Banks. Adventure awaits – are you ready to rise above?


1314 Duck Road Duck, NC 27949
252-261-2900 (Watersports Info)
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