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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.

Eagle – 1200ft – $89 – The Most Popular!
Duck – 900 ft – $79
Chicken – 600 ft. – $69
Observers – $25

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Monday-Tuesday Special

Enter code Fly6MT to get $6 off each flyer all day Monday and Tuesday!

Early Bird Parasail Flight

Enter code Fly6EB 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 one observer per party at the time of booking. More observers may be added at your departure if space allows.

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’ve Got Tons of Industry Experience

Nor’Banks parasailing Captain James Garnett and owner Dan McIsaac have over three decades of combined industry experience. We are committed to providing you with the best memories from your stay on the Outer Banks, and we have plenty of practice!

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!

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 in your flight typically must be between 100 and 450 pounds. Our extra-small harness may fit children as small as 35 pounds. If you have any specific concerns due to health, mobility, etc., 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. You may want to bring water, a towel, and sunscreen as there is no shade on the parasail boat. A bathing suit is the best attire, especially if you would like to get a dip at the end of your flight. You may also want to consider extra layers for sun protection and cool weather, as well as cash to tip the crew.

What should I avoid bringing?

We’ll ask you to leave your shoes on the pier and to apply spray sunscreen before you leave shore. You may want to 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 can get a little wet on choppy days. Your parasail ride will be dry 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. You can usually 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 double or triple, 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 out 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 going up together is generally between 100 and 450 lbs., but this window may narrow due to wind and weather conditions.

How high up will I be?

Our three options, 600, 900 and 1200 ft., indicate the maximum length of line needed for your “Chicken”, “Duck” or “Eagle” level flight. Your altitude will vary based on the conditions. Choosing 1200 ft. of line, our most popular option, could get you as high as 400 ft. off the water . . . the maximum height allowed by the FAA!

Is it customary to tip?

It is customary to tip the captain and crew 15-20% for good service. If you feel that your experience was not everything you had hoped, please let us know and we will make it right!

Nor’Banks’ Commitment to your safety

We at Nor’Banks are truly dedicated to your safety, as well as that of your friends and family. We spare no expense to offer the best equipment available.
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 on board 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 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? Is the harness fitted tightly under the life jacket and low on the waist according to the manufacturers guidelines? In the event of a water landing, harness size and fit matters!

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, often neglect to replace and repair equipment according to manufacturer recommendations and 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 to 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 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 to Provide a Safer 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 customers.

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. We are equipped with the latest in parasail safety technology including the Chute Wrangler, and the Sea Snail.

NOR’ BANKS SAILING & WATERSPORTS
1314 Duck Road Duck, NC 27949
252-261-2900 (Watersports Info)
252-202-6880 (Boat Sales)

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