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 six hundred and fifty (650) 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 seven hundred (700) 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 at least ten (10) mm regardless its position and should have a crushing limit of more than two (2) tonnes based on the manufacturer's specifications. The ropes must be maintained in perfect condition, free from any knots or kinks, with a maximum length of one hunded and twenty (120) meters and the ability to remain afloat since the beginning of the ''flight'' takes place in the platform as stated in Article No. 28. The length of the rope may be reduced by the Hellenic Port Authority as stated in Article No. 25 if it is required under special reasons.

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, in either red, green, yellow or orange colour 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. On each occasion, based on the General Port Regulation No 20 (B 444 / 26-4-1999), the use of waterski as well as novel recreational activities, which have been or will be approved in accordance with the applicable provisions, is prohibited when the Beaufort wind measures more than five (5). Additionally, the use of waterski is prohibited when visibility is limited.

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 23, Par. Ii, General Marine Regulations No. 20. More specifically drivers must hold:

1. A valid Water Ski instructors license in any category of the General Secretariat of Sport (GGA) or a Degree in Physical Education (Dept.Pys.Ed.& Sports], with Water Ski major or a valid Water Ski Instructors license whose validity has been certified according to the General Port Regulation no.37 B' 101/2004 and the holder must has previously exercised the occupation of the lessor under the permission of the Port Authority or has provided to another lessor the services of high-boat marine recreational vehicle.

2. A valid powerboat/marine license. In case the submitted request does not address the rental of towed water sports activities by a high-speed boat, this provision enters into force on 01-01-2020.

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.

Two individuals manage and hold the chute in order to facilitate an easy and safe takeoff. When the flight is carried out by a floating platform with a non-slip surface, its surface area must be at least 80 m2. and it should carry a non-slip mat.

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.

20. A high-quality mirror should be placed ahead of the main position of the rudder on each high-speed boat which pulls a sea recreational activity. The precise location of the mirror is determined by the operator of the boat so that he has a full and continuous visual image of the towed aft the sea-going recreational means and of the person who is pulled.

21. The rent of a high-speed boat is prohibited when there is an engine's damage or shutdown occurs.

22. Parachutes/parasailing is forbidden for private use.

23. Unless otherwise specified, the boating distance for the rented mororized sea water sports recreational vehicles (including waterski and boats for personal use) as well as those used by the lessor when conducting waterski or parachute, water towable tubes or rings, or other means, should be no more than one (1) nautical mile.