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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. 

Off-Season Special!

Book online today for $10 off per flyer with code: OFFSEASON10

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

Eagle (800 ft.)$89 – The Most Popular!
Duck (700 ft.)$79
Chicken (500 ft.)$69
Observers$25
Photos$25
Video$25
Photo and Video$40
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Come Find Out Why Nor’Banks is the Highest Rated Parasailing Operation in The Outer Banks on Google, Yelp and TripAdvisor!

Nor’Banks’ great new reservation center offers tons of shaded space to relax, plenty of parking, and huge bathrooms with showers and changing rooms. We’ve got a shop with beach essentials and great Nor’Banks apparel and we share our building with The Village Table and Tavern, the best new restaurant around. Best of all, we have an awesome crew that’s dedicated to sharing their passion for fun in the sun! We’d love the opportunity to show you why our Parasailing is one of the best 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. You’ll get tons of photos on a reusable 16GB Class 10 Micro SD Card with adapter that’s yours to keep!

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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.

Book Online today for $10 off per Flyer anytime! Use use OFFSEASON10

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 one 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’s 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 water activities. As an active member, Nor’Banks not only adheres to all WSIA standards and best practices, but we attend WSIA meetings annually. We’re actively involved in the development and writing of these standards to ensure they live up to our own rigorous standards.

We Have an Awesome Facility!

With a total renovation in 2018 our facilities have gotten better than ever before! We still have a huge grassy lawn with tons of space and we’ve added large restrooms, showers and changing rooms, hammock lounges and loads of shaded area to relax and enjoy the 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’ve Got Tons of Industry Experience

Nor’Banks’ parasail Captain and owner 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. 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, 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 take a dip in the water 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.  We also carry many of these items in our shop available for purchase.

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 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 generally between 100 and 450 lbs., however, this window is subject to change based on wind and weather conditions.

How high up will I be?

Our three options, “Chicken”, “Duck” or “Eagle” represent approximately 500, 700 and 800 ft. of line. These line lengths represent about 200, 350 and 400  vertical feet. Your exact altitude will vary based on weather conditions. Our most popular option, the Eagle flight, is the maximum height allowed by the FAA anywhere in the country!

Is it customary to tip?

For good service it is customary to tip the Captain and crew 15-20% for good service. If you feel that your experience was less than you hoped for, 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 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!
Isthe 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? Does the harness fit 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 and achieving the highest volume 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 at Nor’Banks 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.

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