With well over sixty years combined experience in the parasailing and water sports industry, our owner-operators prove they are THE leading authority here on the Outer Banks. Hop on board Island Express—Corolla’s ONLY USCG inspected, 12 passenger Ocean Pro parasail vessel—and fly high above the Currituck Sound to catch a glimpse of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and this beautiful stretch of land we call home. Holding his 100 Ton Master Captain’s License, Corolla Parasail’s captain has safely flown 24,000 happy customers. We understand you have plenty of options to choose from when booking your parasail trip, so be sure to ask just how long your captain has been flying before stepping aboard! We know most of these other guys became parasail captains just a few short years ago and this is a great beginning for them, but if we were flying our family, we’d want a captain with at least one decade of experience, if not two. Our captains meet and exceed these requirements, making us the clear choice.
Corolla and Duck Parasail are proud to highlight our 10 plus years of safety and experience. With something as safety-oriented as parasailing, you want to make sure you pick the right company. Corolla and Duck Parasail is the perfect choice for friends and family. We have a ZERO tolerance policy for unsafe conditions. Your safety is always our priority. We are consistently monitoring weather and are not hesitant to call it quits if Mother Nature is not ideal.
EXPERIENCE & WSIA Membership are two major components you should consider when choosing a company to parasail with. Both Corolla and Duck Parasail are active members of WSIA, and our captains have decades of experience! The captain and crew have flown thousands of people. They have worked all over, parasailing out of many places such as Ft. Myers Beach, FL; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Virginia Beach, VA; and St. Thomas. A great parasail captain has been trained specifically in parasailing for years before he or she takes the helm. Our captain and crew are certified in First Aid and CPR. With all our experience and knowledge over the years parasailing, it’s always a perfectly smooth ride!
We highly encourage you to plan your parasailing for the first few days of your trip. Parasailing is very weather dependent. That way if the weather does not cooperate, you will have other opportunities to fly with us. Some people make the mistake of trying to parasail the last few days of their vacation, only to have the weather not allow them to fly.
NO! Parasailing is very serene and peaceful. We take off and land slowly, so you don’t have to worry about a scary experience. While in the air all you can think about is the beautiful scenery.
When done in the right conditions parasailing is very safe. Because of the operating procedures we follow, we take every precaution possible to ensure the customer’s safety. Some of these procedures are: inspecting and changing our tow lines frequently and inspecting harnesses and flying equipment daily. We never fly if it’s too windy or in thunderstorms. If Mother Nature is not cooperating, we don’t hesitate to reschedule your flight. We follow these procedures because your SAFETY is our number one priority!
YES! Because of limited seating and our growing popularity, we highly encourage reservations. We always encourage people to book early in their trip because weather is sometimes a factor. Booking late in the trip may result in running out of time to parasail while you are here.
NO. Each flight is dependent on weight load and wind speeds. The weather varies from flight to flight and can vary minute by minute. You should expect to fly in the manner that the captain deems safest. Usually the captain needs at least 150 pounds in a chute, so small kids will always have to fly with a sibling or parent. If the flight has a combined weight over 350 pounds, it would be up to the captain to determine. Again all of this can vary according to weather conditions.
Both of our locations fly out on the Currituck Sound. You have a chance to see the Whale Head Club and the Currituck lighthouse from Corolla and the historic town of Duck from the air. You’ll get a clear panoramic view of the Currituck sound, the barrier island you are staying on, and the Atlantic Ocean. From both locations, we have a dock we pick up from, then you take our shuttle boat service directly to our parasail boats.
The whole excursion is part parasailing and part boat ride. Once on the boat, you can expect to be out on the water for about an hour. While waiting for flights, the crew will have music playing and can answer any questions you may have. We are here to show you a good time and a great parasail experience to remember.
Absolutely not! The way we fly is very controlled. You take off slowly and smoothly right from the back deck of the boat. If you opt for a dip, there is a fun part toward the end of the flight! The captain can dip your toes in the water if the conditions are ideal. You then land gently back on the deck of the boat.
Any age can fly and/or ride on the boat and those who wish not to fly are welcome to tag along for a nice boat ride. As long as you can properly fit in our USCG life jackets and our inspected harness, you can fly. Remember, small kids may have to go with a sibling or a parent for proper weight.
Most rides last from 10 to 12 minutes, depending on your height destination.
We can mark you down as an observer when you book (if there is room), and there is a fee. Being able to observe on the boat may change, as flyers always have priority! But if there is room once it is time to depart we would love to get you out on the water.
Gentlemen should wear shorts or a bathing suit and a t-shirt. Ladies should wear a bathing suit under clothing and delayer accordingly. Sometimes a long-sleeve shirt or a hoodie is nice to have, especially after a dip! Flip flops or sandals are ideal and nice to have for the walk down the dock.
Proper clothing is important and towels, sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are always nice to have. You are allowed to bring cameras at your own risk. For hot days, water is also nice to have since the boat ride is about an hour. You can purchase water at the booth.
If the captain wouldn’t fly his own mother, he won’t fly you either, as safety is our number one concern! If there is inclement weather anywhere nearby, we bring passengers back to land. Based on our weather radar, we may either go on stand-by or close down completely, the same is so for high winds. If you book and were not able to fly with us, you may choose to be refunded or rescheduled. We don’t push the limits. Again, the customer’s safety is always our number one priorit
We do offer photos! You get at least 50 shots from our high-end camera with a 200mm lens. You get the SD card directly from the camera and you leave the boat with your photos! No waiting after your boat ride to burn a CD or anything like that. Once you have your photos, you have the SD card to use at your disposal. They work in any camera that takes a SD card. Price varies per group size.
Of course! You are allowed to take the camera at your own risk. You should take into consideration the height and water risks. Also, on rougher days we bump around a bit and you run the risk of dropping your camera on the deck. For these reasons, our photo package is always a sure and safe bet when it comes to capturing your adventure.
We are open 7 days a week, weather permitting. Our boats go out every hour on the hour. Our first boat goes out at 9am and our last boat usually goes out at 6pm but, we have been known to run later hours, especially mid-summer due to high demand.
Corolla and Duck Parasail vessels are 31’ CWS Ocean Pros. These beautiful boats seat 12 passengers and are second to none in the parasail industry. They are as good as it gets when it comes to parasailing. They are specifically designed for the purpose of this watersport and are the most comfortable and dry parasail boats on the market. All of our vessels are U.S. Coast Guard inspected annually. This includes the vessels’ hull, engine and safety gear. Captain and crew are both certified in First Aid and CPR and practice drills regularly. Ask the company when doing research what kind of boat they have! If it’s not an Ocean Pro, Don’t Go!
We accept cash, debit cards, Visa, and MasterCard. We also conveniently have an ATM on-site.
Just like others in the service industry, the crew works very hard to make sure all your needs during your parasail experience are taken care of. It is customary to show your appreciation with 20% gratuity, if you’re happy with the experience.
We have the top two locations on the Outer Banks! Both are on the sound side, so simply pick the location closest to YOU! Duck - 1446 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949. This is located at North Duck Watersports in Duck. Look for the Big Green North Duck Watersports sign on the sound side. Corolla - 798 Sunset Blvd, Corolla, NC 27927. This is located in the TimBuck II Shopping Center across from Food Lion. Look for the Kitty Hawk Watersports sign next to the mini golf course. If parasailing is not on your bucket list, both locations provide a variety of options for everyone! Boat rentals, wave runners, paddleboards, and kayaks are all available.