Kathleen Miskell of Wethersfield was killed in Florida Aug. 15, 2012, when a parasailing harness broke and she fell 150 feet into the water.
Updated: Thursday, 16 Aug 2012, 4:31 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 16 Aug 2012, 4:31 PM EDT
(WTNH) -- Parasailing has been around since the 1970s, but there are no official licensing requirements, according to the website ParaSailing.com so you need to be especially aware about safety.
The most common accidents include the tow line separating from the boat, equipment failure and high speed water landings.
If you're on vacation and feel like taking a ride, parasailing.com has a few helpful questions to ask and suggestions before you take to the sky:
1) Ask how long the parasailing company has been in business.
2) Check if they are licensed. "Avoid unlicensed parasailing companies, or companies that are hesitant to disclose their safety and certification information...."
3) Ask whether the boat's captain is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain.
4) Check the weather forecast and don't ride in unsafe weather.
5) Pay attention to all safety instructions.
The Parasail Safety Council says a safety briefing by the parasailing captain should include safety while on board the boat, an explanation about parasailing, the proper use of hand signals and emergency procedures in case of an unplanned water landing.