BASIC MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR PARASAILING
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BASIC MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR PARASAILING

Parasailing, also known as Parascending, or "Parakiting" is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed canopy wing known as a parasail wing.

INTRODUCTION

10.1  Parasailing, also known as Parascending, or "Parakiting" is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed canopy wing known as a parasail wing. On land or over water the manned kite's moving anchor may be a car, truck, or boat; parasailing just by kiting in heavy winds is highly discouraged. The boat then drives off, carrying the parascender or wing and person into the air. If the boat is powerful enough, two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time. The parascender has little or no control over the parachute.

10.2  The harness attaches the pilot to the parasail, which is connected to the boat, or land vehicle, by the tow rope.

10.3  The activities are conducted or operated by Operators duly qualified and endorsed by recognized National or International Aerosports organizations. In India the apex body for all Aerosports is Aero Club of India and is affiliated with the international sporting body, FAI.

10.4 Operator Qualifications

a) Parasail Drivers / Instructors must be current and have a certification from a recognized National or International body

b) A minimum first aid course provided by a recognized and qualified provider

10.5 Equipment And Accessories

a) Parasail wings must have APCUL ,DHV,CEN or any certification recognised by FAI. Such certification should be stitched on the wing and visible for inspection. Harness should also certified.

b) In Flight Floatation Devices and helmets: At all times passengers participating in parasailing activities over water, while in flight shall wear a properly fitted approved life jacket. Over land, the passengers must wear an ISI approved helmet.

c) Proper log books must be maintained for all equipment.

d) Annual inspection and certification of equipment for air worthiness must be carried out by an inspector who is qualified to be a Instructor.

e) Users manual and maintenance manual shall be prepared by the manufacturer and copies of the same shall be submitted.

f) The operator shall maintain the General log-books and documents for Parasail, tow rope.

OPERATIONS

10.6  Operator must have access to safe and open take off points. The take off point should be free from obstructions in the take off path and should not have rock or crops which could injure the participant.

10.7  The operator must have free and clear access to a designated landing area free of obstructions such as tall trees, buildings, electric wires etc.

10.8  First aid must be available at site with Qualified First aid Instructors (having additional knowledge of related accidents), with arrangements with a nearby hospital for quick emergency services.

10.9 Proximity to Obstructions. Wind restrictions: Operator should have a wind measurement device and should not operate in winds exceeding 18 Kph. Operator shall at all times maintain a minimum operating distance from any surf-zone, shoreline, or fixed object, of not less than 500 feet. In addition, at no time shall a parasail vessel’s operator allow a canopy to pass within the following distance from the shore while an onshore wind is present. (Onshore wind shall be defined as any wind direction that could potentially place a parasail vessel, canopy, or participant in contact with land in the event of the loss of vessel or systems power and/or line separation.).

10.10 Responsibility of Vessel Sea worthiness and tow vehicle road worthiness: It shall be the responsibility of the first mate in charge to make certain that the vessel is maintained and is properly equipped in a sea worthy condition. A current written log shall be kept of all mandatory daily inspections and all routine maintenance performed on vessel. Under no circumstances shall the operator and/or crew utilize any equipment outside the parameters for which it was designed and must at all times adhere to manufacturers’ specifications, requirements and/or recommendations. Similar conditions should apply for land based parasailing vehicles.

10.11 Towline Length Limitations: At no time

a) Shall any vessel’s winch drum be equipped with more than 500 feet of towline, while conducting parasail flight operations. Similarly land based operations should not use more than 500 feet of rope.

b) Exceed a maximum of 300 feet AGL (Above Ground/ Water Level).

10.12  Multiple Passenger Flights: Multi-passenger flights shall only be conducted under the following conditions and only after the operator has made reasonable judgment prior to each and every flight. Extreme caution shall be exercised:

a) The number of passengers in a harness designed for multi-passenger use should be as per manufacture’s specification and no attempt should be made to add or alter the harness without the manufacturer’s certification.

b) Wind conditions must be adequate, stable and consistent.

c) Conditions must be conducive to such activities.

d) Commercial equipment specifically designed and professionally manufactured for multi-passenger flight operations must be utilised.

e) All equipment must adhere to manufacturers’ specifications, requirements and/or recommendations.

f) Vessel’s winch system must be equipped with a functional level-winder during all multi-passenger flights.

DOCUMENTATION

10.13  The following documentation is required to be maintained by the operator:

ADMINISTRATIVE:

a) Details of owner and operator

b) Document indicating the annual inspections carried out by an inspecting body

c) List of licensed instructors along with copies of relevant certifications

d) Evidence of public and other liability insurance

OPERATIONAL:

a) Log book containing the daily operation sheets

b) Accident/ incident report sheets

c) Equipment inspection register and operation log

d) Parasail Certification Documents

e) Risk assessment and management plan

f) Emergency procedures manual

g) Manufacturer’s product manual

h) Current inspection report

Information to be provided for participants and visitors:

a) Description of the activity and safety instructions

b) Weather, Medical and Age Limits and restrictions

c) Information relating to personal public liability insurance of the operator

EMERGENCIES AND RISK MITIGATION

10.14  Each parasailing center should establish and review procedures for all possible emergencies.

10.15  Every instructor, driver and participant should thoroughly understand and practice emergency procedures.

10.16 A monthly risk assessment as per given proforma needs to be carried out reviewed by the chief instructor and the owner/operator and records maintained.