Parasailing

 

Parasailing

1. The requirements to tow a single seated parasail include a speedboat or motorboat with a minimum five (5) meters in length, weighing a total of and no less than four hundred and fifty (450) kilos (vessel, engine, and gear), equipped with an engine of horsepower comparable to the vessel and a minimum of 140 HP for Outboard motors, 140 HP for Inboard motors, 160 HP for Inboard-Outboard motors.

2. The requirements to tow a JAMBO two seated parasail include a speedboat or motorboat with a minimum five (5) meters in length, weighing a total of and no less than six hundred (600) kilos (vessel, engine, and gear), equipped with an engine of horsepower comparable to the vessel and a minimum of 140 HP for Outboard motors, 160 HP for Inboard motors, 200 HP for Inboard-Outboard motors.

3. The requirements to tow a parasail include a speedboat or motorboat equipped with a built in launching board or platform, equipped with the appropriate gear (harness, winch), a comparable engine based on the type of parachute and in accordance to the above minimum requirements.

4. The towing of three (3) seated or more parachutes is strictly forbidden.

5. The diameter of the towrope attached to the parachute must be minimum of twelve (12) mm for single seated parasails and fourteen (14) mm for two-seated parasails. The ropes must be maintained in perfect condition, free from any knots or kinks, with a maximum length of eighty (80) meters and the ability to remain afloat at sea. Note that the Hellenic Port Authority may reduce such the length requirements if deemed necessary under specific conditions.

6. The individual manning the speedboat/motorboat towing the parasails, whether a licensed individual, a qualified coach/instructor, and/or an assistant, is responsible for a smooth and entirely safe tow, where prior to each tow, a thorough review and inspection is made of the tow ropes, chutes, winches, harnesses, etc., used and those which attach to the individual. More specifically, assures that the cleat or point on the speedboat where the line or towrope attaches is in excellent condition and capable to withstand the pull and momentum created by the boats’ speed.

7. All Individuals who operate and/or own motorboats, powerboats, etc. that can be used for water sport activities requiring towing, e.g. water skiing, parasailing, must also adhere to all respective safety rules and regulations.

8. The course or waterway followed by the motorboat operator towing a parasail must be free and clear of any hazards or objects such as marine equipment, fish farm tanks, floating devices such as platforms, diving boards, etc. and away from the path of other boats or vessels for safety purposes and the prevention of accidents.

9. All individuals are required to wear a specially designed Personal Floatation Device (PFD) e.g. lifejacket, life vest, during their flight.

10. Parasailing is permitted only when the individual knows how to swim and is a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age. For minors, individuals under the minimum age but no less that fourteen (14) years, the parents or guardians maintain responsibility, must provide parental consent, in addition to confirming the minors ability to swim properly.

11. The owner/lessor is responsible to clearly display signage on or around the launching board/platform, or wherever else suggested by the Hellenic Port Authority, listing the above restrictions (¶10) clearly, on two-sided appealing signs and written in both the Greek and English languages.

12. Parasailing is prohibited during adverse weather conditions and prior to sunrise and after sunset hours. The criteria for identifying adverse weather conditions are determined by the Hellenic Coast Guard or Harbor Master, who take into consideration the local area factors that may affect weather conditions or pose hazards such as sea-state, precipitation (rain), wind factor – its direction and speed, in relation to both the surrounding water and land areas.

13. All Owners, Operators, Lessors have installed wind gauges at the point where the chute (speedboats launching board) lifts-off, in accordance to the provisions listed in paragraph ¶18 which details the criteria for its proper implementation.

14. The motorboat must be manned by a minimum of two (2) individuals, the driver and the observer where the driver must meet the general requirements found in Article 22, Par.2i, General Marine Regulations No. 20. More specifically drivers must hold:

i. A valid Water Ski instructors license in addition to a valid powerboat/marine license registered under the Hellenic Ministry of Sports - General Secretariat of Sports (GGA) for a minimum of two years or
ii. A Degree in Physical Education (Dept.Pys.Ed.& Sports], Water Ski major, in addition to a valid powerboat/marine license which has been active for at least one year or
iii. A valid Water Ski Instructors license, whose validity has been certified according to the Hellenic Port Regulations #101 B/2004 (Greek Government Journal #101 B/2004). This holder must also have previously have held a valid Port Authority/Marine Motorboat Rental license or provided such services to a lessor actively engaged in renting motorboats, speedboats for towed water sports activities. The issuer defines the length of time the Ski Instructors License is valid.

For individuals who actively assist in water sports activities involving motorboats and towing, such as water skiing, parasailing, rings, sleds, etc., the above qualifications must also be met.

Hellenic Ministry of Sports – Registry for Water Ski Coaches
Two individuals manage and hold the chute in order to facilitate an easy and safe takeoff.

15. The simultaneous towing of parachutes, parasails, etc. and water skiers from the same vessel is strictly forbidden.

16. The takeoff and landing process while towing a parachute is prohibited when within two hundred (200) meters from the path of other vessels.

17. Parachuting, Parasailing is prohibited in areas when the distance is:
a. Less than One Hundred (100) meters from the outer edges of floating buoys (ref. Article 26), used to mark and set the boundaries for bathing beaches frequented by swimmers, etc. In areas where the coastline differs, such as small bays, coves, etc., (ref. Article 35), this distance can be reduced to less than a hundred (100) meters but no less than fifty (50) meters. Such applicable distances are clearly denoted on the marine licenses obtained.
b. Less than Two Hundred (200) meters from the customary location accessed and frequented by swimmers when at coastlines where floating buoys are not evident.
c. Less than Two Hundred (200) meters from any and all coastlines regardless of the presence of swimmers. In areas where the coastline differs, such as small bays, coves, etc., (ref. Article 35), this distance can be reduced to less than a hundred (100) meters. Such applicable distances are clearly denoted on the marine licenses obtained.

18. Parachutes are permitted to takeoff and land depending on the location and with great regard to safety and the avoidance of accidents, from
a. a floating launch board or platform, referenced in Article 28 for parasailing
b. a speedboat/motorboat equipped with an onboard launching board and winch
c. a launch board or platform situated near the shore by the lessor in accordance to rules and regulations found in Article 35. In this case, the takeoff and landing to and from the coastline by a speedboat towing a parasail is permitted only via the designated waterway (ref. Article 27) and when traveling at the lowest speed possible and up to the point where the above rules and requirements are not triggered.

19. When and if required, transferring individuals between the shore line and the designated launch board or platform (ref. ¶18, points (a) and (b) above), interested in participating in parasailing activities, is permitted via the use of non-motorized and motorized craft, excluding sea bikes, jet skis and Hover Crafts, only when traveling in designated waterways and at a maximum speed of five (5) knots.