21 March, 2009

Parasailing at Batu Ferringghi

. 21 March, 2009

Parasailing is an activity whereby you ascend through the sky while hanging from a parachute and being towed by a speedboat or other vehicle. It is a recreational activity where a person is towed behind a boat or other vehicle while attached to a specially designed parachute, known as a parasail.
The boat then drives off, carrying the parascender into the air. If the boat is powerful enough, two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time. The parascender actually has little or no control over the parachute. Anyone can parasail and no skill or training is necessary.

When I with my husband and son visited Penang recently, we had a chance to visit Batu Ferringhi beach. There are many recreational activities can be done there such as water jet skiing, horse riding, parasailing etc. My grown up son wanted to parasail. The fee for parasailing is 80RM/person per session of about 10-15 minutes. The weather was fine and the wind blew moderately, which is ideal condition for parasailing. The beach guard put the life vest and tied the parachute rope on my son. There is a short red fabric tied at the lower part of the parachute rope within a reachable distance from the shoulder of the paracender. The red stuff is to be pulled by paracender to control the direction when he or she is approaching the ground.

After making sure the parasailing equipment is in good condition the ground assistants take position at each side of the parasail to hold it open. When things are ready, the parasailing assistants signal the boat driver to accellerate slowly until the tow line is pulled tout. My son then took a few quick strides and are pulled aloft. In seconds he liftoff, rose up in the air. Watching him rising uphill far away in the sky took my breath away, though I was not nervous, but was astonished and proud of my son’s being brave. He likes to play with challenging activities since he was a young child.

After about 10 minutes aloft, the boat driver accelerate slowly, re-engages the winch to pull my son back down to sea level. At the end of the trip he should turn the motion toward the beach, but he almost forget to pull the red stuff. Perhaps he was too amazed, nervous and excited. My husband and the beach guards yelled him to pull the red stuff above his left shoulder. It was not too late when he eventually saw us shouting at him. He pulled the stuff right away and the parachute turned to the left approaching the beach. He landed safely, a bit wet splashed by the sea water because he landed near sea side. Walking down toward the beach he grinned with an overwhelming desire to do it again!

I actually wanted to parasail as well because it looks challenging and wonderful experience. But I had to put off my desire because I did not wear proper outfits comfortable for parasailing. On my next visit to Penang I hope I could go parasailing at Batu Ferringhi beach.


Boas said...

I am who play parasailing in the photo,parasailing make my hand twisted but after it i want to do it again

Anonymous said...

Hi,nice pictures, parasailing is really great.Have a good day.

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