Here at Duck Parasail, we pride ourselves in being the longest running, family owned and operated parasail company on the Outer Banks. With over 60 years of industry experience combined, our United States Coast Guard Licensed 100-Ton Master Captains put your safety above all else, as we strictly adhere to the WSIA (Water Sports Industry Association) weather and equipment standards. Our captains work closely with their crew—trained, CPR & First Aid Certified avid watermen—year after year to ensure your parasailing experience is of the highest caliber.

We understand you have plenty of options when parasailing on the Outer Banks, and we want you to know we are the only company running not one, but TWO US Coast Guard Certified and Inspected 12 passenger Ocean Pros on the Outer Banks, with boats leaving from Corolla and Duck. These top of the line boats were designed specifically for parasailing and guarantee a comfortable and dry ride around the sound. Our boats leave on the hour and due to the nature of our scheduling, we are able to promise 10-12 minute flights per group.

We encourage you to do your research when deciding which company to fly with during your vacation! Ask yourself a couple of key questions: does the company run 12 passenger Ocean Pros, meaning they MUST be inspected by the United States Coast Guard? Was there any mention of the WSIA? Exactly how long have the captain and crew been in the industry? We feel like you know the right answers to these questions by now and look forward to taking your reservation today!

WHY US? Duck Parasail
ONLY Captain in Duck who has Safely Flown Over 25,000 Customers Yes
ONLY Company with Over 15 Years of Parasailing Experience in Duck Yes
Runs a United States Coast Guard Inspected Vessel in Duck Yes
Active Members of WSIA (Water Sports Industry Association) in Duck
*Please note that it is NOT a requirement in the parasail industry to become members of the WSIA, but it is a decision we have made as responsible parasail operators to keep our standing with the WSIA year after year. Before booking your trip, be sure to ask about company membership.
Company Adheres to Current WSIA Weather Standards Yes
Company Adheres to Current WSIA Equipment Standards Yes
Company Adheres to Current WSIA Crew Training Standards Yes
Captain ∓ Crew Members of Maritime Consortium Yes
Captain & Crew Subject to Random Drug Screening Yes
Company Runs an Ocean Pro (Top of the Line Vessel Designed for Parasailing) Yes
100% of Crew CPR & First Aid Certified Yes
Excellent Liability Insurance Yes
Uses Leading Industry Safety Equipment for Every Flight Yes
Captain & Crew Conduct Weekly Safety Drills Yes
Properly Stows Equipment to Prevent Equipment Malfunction Yes
Company has FAA Certificate of Waiver & Authorization to Fly in Designated Area Yes

picture Packages

A great option to ensure the (dry!) safety of your personal equipment while still capturing the entire experience is to purchase one of our professional photo packages! The crew will take at least 50 shots of your experience from leaving the back of the boat, up through the air and your return. Using the most up-to-date professional camera and lens, you are guaranteed an incredible way to remember your trip! The packages also include the entire SD card to take home with you. Our captain will go over this with you while on the boat, but feel free to contact with any other questions!

Gift Certificates

Don't want to go parasailing, but know someone who does? Or maybe you have something special to celebrate--a wedding, anniversary, or birthday! Call or email to purchase your friend, co-worker, or loved one an unforgettable gift.



Making a reservation is strongly suggested during our season, as we fly full boats on the hour, every hour. Reservations early in the week are urged because we are a weather dependent business. Give us a call today to ensure your family books an ideal time for everyone!

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1446 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949

Frequently Asked Questions

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 priority.
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.

Meet your crew!

Ed Jordan

Captain Ed Jordan

Captain Ed Jordan has been a licensed 100-Ton Master Captain for two decades. Working all the way from Maine to the Outer Banks, he has flown over 25,000 happy customers! Ed attended Maine Maritime Academy for four years, where he studied Small Vessel Operations and has been a commercial fisherman on the East Coast for twenty years. An avid waterman, you’ll absolutely enjoy a safe and fun experience while on his boat.

Jackie Winter

Jacquelin Winter

Jacquelin Winter grew up boating recreationally on the South Jersey Shore (Strathmere anyone?) and started working on parasail boats as a summer gig through college back in 2008. Fully aware she wanted a life on the water, she moved to the Outer Banks year-round in 2012 after graduating from Emerson College and hasn't looked back! Crewing on everything from private charters to multimillion dollar luxury catamarans, Jacquelin found her niche as a First Mate on a parasail vessel for Corolla & Duck Parasail. With nearly a decade of professional crewing experience under her belt, you are guaranteed a safe and fun trip!

Trevor Houck

Captain Trevor Houck

Captain Trevor Houck — well, what can we say about this fine gentleman? A 50-Ton Master Captain, he joined our crew two years ago and we could not be more thankful to have this awesome surfer dude (as some of you know him) returning for a third season! If you’ve had the pleasure of riding the shuttle boat out under Captain Trevor’s wing, you know first-hand how nice, knowledgeable, and super funny this guy is! He is an integral member of our crew and if you’re lucky, you may get to meet his son River—the legend— who catches more fish from the dock than the saltiest men you know.

Collin Davis

Collin Davis

Collin Davis has called the Outer Banks a second home his entire life, vacationing every summer with his family to surf, eat good food, and enjoy all this beautiful stretch of land has to offer. After graduating from Christopher Newport University with a Biology and Marine Ecology degree, it seemed only natural he’d trek down to see if he could parlay his love for all things aquatic into a profession, and he did so with Corolla Parasail. During the off-season, Collin enjoys professional shark fighting (just kidding, sort of) but he does head down to the Caribbean to tag sharks and we are so grateful to have him return to us each year for our spring and summer seasons!

Alex Winter

Captain Alex Winter

Captain Alex Winter has been a licensed 100-Ton Master Captain for over a decade. Having started his career in the parasail industry as a First Mate and then Captain many years ago, his understanding of, and respect for the business is unparalleled. He has worked on the Gulf and East Coast of Florida, making him a year-round parasail Captain who’s flown over 24,000 smiling faces! With extensive experience navigating and flying the waters of the Outer Banks, you couldn’t be in better hands than you are when you fly with him.

Water Sports Industry Association

Mission Statement

The Water Sports Industry Association’s mission is to serve as the world’s leading trade association that promotes and protects towed water sports activities.

Vision Statement

To be the world’s leading industry advocate that communicates, produces and distributes safety and educational materials for towed water sports. The WSIA works with local, state and federal agencies in partnership with national and international governing bodies to ensure the use of waterways for towed water sports. As a group, we develop best practices and sustainable growth for all towed water sports.

WSIA Standard Guide for Monitoring Weather Conditions during Parasail Operation

Every commercial parasail operator vessel shall be equipped with a hard mount or handheld visual weather monitoring device for use by the vessel Master when operating with passengers. VHF alone is not acceptable.

The vessel Master shall check and be cognizant of both the current and forecasted weather conditions for the intended area of operation taking into account the intended duration of the parasail set.

The vessel Master shall maintain a weather log that includes: wind direction, wind speed, wave height, sky conditions. Weather observations shall be recorded by the vessel Master at the start of each day of operation and before each parasail set.

Commercial parasailing is prohibited when the current observed wind conditions in the area of operation include sustained wind speed of more than 20 mph, wind gusts of a difference of 15 mph greater than the sustained wind speed, the wind speed during gusts exceed 25 mph or rain or heavy fog results in reduced visibility of less than 0.5 mile, or when a known thunder/lightning storm comes within 7 miles of the parasailing area.

When wind gusts are observed in excess of those which prohibit parasailing operations, a minimum of 30 minutes must elapse without any observed wind gust speeds exceeding those that prohibit parasailing before resuming parasailing operations. In no case shall parasail operations be conducted in weather conditions that exceed the manufacturer’s specified limitations of the equipment being used.


Nancye Winter

April 23, 2016 at 7:47am ~ Facebook

After going parasailing several years ago, I cannot imagine going to the Outer Banks without going back to Corolla Parasailing. My family and I went parasailing and it is an amazing adventure. I am terrified of heights but once we were up, it was an amazing and peaceful experience and I felt no fear. My family will be back there in June and plan to go again!

The captain and first mate are extremely professional and provide a safe exciting experience like no other.. Don't miss it!

Karen Raup Cullen

July 12, 2016 ~ Facebook

Both my daughter and I had our 1st parasailing experience today and she can't stop talking about it! We had a great time and plan on returning again! Thanks for making our first experience great!! ☑ off both of our bucket lists!!

Ibrahim M.

August 4, 2016 ~ Yelp

Amazing service. Rented 5 jet skis with no issues. Staff was friendly and helpful.

Highly highly recommend. No need to go to Kitty Hawk anymore.

Charlie B

November 14, 2015 ~ Trip Advisor

“great value”

We parasailed with North Duck Watersports. They had good prices and a coupon. The staff and boat captains were nice and very professional. The offered a variety of activities. Parking was snug, so make sure you have time to find a spot.

margaret c

August 6, 2016 ~ Trip Advisor

“Very fun”

I came to this place with my friends last time we stayed in duck, it was very fun, we rented some jet ski's and took em out. The day after we went parasailing. Both where very fun, I'm sure to go back next time.


June 12, 2016 ~ Trip Advisor

“Parasailing fun for the whole family!”

We went parasailing, was great fun and just beautiful to see the island from 1200 feet in the air. The crew was amazing, talked us thru every step making sure we knew what would happen next and was very serious about our safety, which I appreciated very much!! We had to wait a bit for the big group ahead of...

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