2015 Parasail Operators Symposium Recap


Beautiful weather set the stage for the fifth annual Parasail Operators Symposium, hosted by the WSIA at the Magnuson Hotel at Marina Cove in St. Petersburg, Florida, November 5-7, 2015.


Highlighting the event was a “mock trial” conducted by the Rietz Law Firm. A fictitious scenario played out in the courtroom, involving an accident related to a product failure. A professional actor testified as a husband who lost his wife in a tragic accident. A jury was also selected from the symposium attendees. The spectators were granted an inside view into courtroom proceedings and left with firsthand knowledge to equip themselves if they ever end up in a courtroom.


Second only to the mock trial in popularity was the presentation delivered by NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration). It’s no secret that weather is the largest variable regarding parasailing safety. Weather warning meteorologist, Dan Noah, helped minimize that risk with real-world education for the operators in attendance, along with the help of Matt Corey from WeatherFlow.

Other highlights included a review and renewal of the ASTM standards for parasail operation, on-water demos, insurance advice, and a strong turnout from the U.S. Coast Guard.


WSIA Parasail Committee Chairman, Matt Dvorak was pleased with the results of this year’s symposium, “We had an amazing turn out from both operators and manufacturers. The ASTM standard moved our industry even farther along the path towards uniformity. The USCG also showed their support of the WSIA by attending the symposium in great numbers. I truly believe all the hard work is paying off and we all should be proud.”

Special thanks to the following sponsors: Custom Chutes, Volvo Penta, Belter Insurance, Commercial Water Sports, FareHarbor, WeatherFlow, Rietz Law Firm, Indexic, Evolution Insurance & Everything But Stromboli.

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All photos: Joey Meddock (meddock.com)

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