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My wife and I, are going to a a location full of beaches.

My wife is 4 months pregnant and she wants to do a para-sailing session.

They take off from the beach, fly over the sea for 5 minutes and then land you back on the beach.

It looks gentle enough to me. There seem to be no jerks except a minor one when you take off.

So is it safe enough?

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While you can do a lot of sports at four months parasailing is not considered a safe sport. There are various risks which should concern you, especially if she has not tried it before. – Rory Alsop Nov 1 '13 at 23:45
@RoryAlsop Consider putting the same in the form of an answer than a comment. Helps in growing the community. – Unsung Nov 2 '13 at 14:25
I don't know about "no jerks except when you take off." Typically the captain of the boat is still there when you get back :) – Affable Geek Nov 25 '14 at 16:13

I never tried parasailing but I will not recommend any sport that might put excessive pressure on the belly of a pregnant woman. The amniotic fluid only protects against moderate pressures by decreasing the intensity of the pressure.

Last but not least, there have been a number of fatalities. I definitely agree with Rory Alsop, it is not a safe sport.

From this article:, which bills itself as "the official parasailing information website," reports 384 accidents with 83 serious injuries and 28 deaths in the United States and its territories from 1980-2009.

A similar U.S. Coast Guard study from 1992-2001 totaled 59 accidents with 64 injuries and three deaths.

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added some stats for you. – Rory Alsop Nov 6 '13 at 11:06

This appears relatively safe. Even accident statistics are produced by groups pushing for regulation are pretty mild. Industry regulation is a pretty politicized process, creating plenty of pressures to inflate injury rates -- so if even those are small, it's probably safe. Those sites (such as this one) only have a minor injury rate of 0.001%. Realistically your wife is more likely to be hurt driving to the location to parasail and showering afterwards than in the actual event.

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The links are missing :) – Amine Nov 6 '13 at 0:02

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