For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which is why every time a human attempts to fly, a bird attempts to drive a stick shift. Engage in one of the primary mandates of physics with today’s Groupon: for $95, you get a parasailing package for two from Sky Screamer Parasail in Clearwater (up to a $222.56 total value, including tax). The package includes:
- A tandem high flight for two people (up to a $79 value/person)
- A memory card with 20 digital photos (a $25 value/person)<p>
A parent or guardian must sign a liability waiver for riders younger than 18.<p>
The Coast Guard–certified staff at Sky Screamer Parasail shows its passengers the glory of flight by suspending them from parachutes above sparkling Clearwater Beach. Pairs of preairborne passengers aged 6 and up speed out into the Gulf aboard a steady winch boat before strapping in to a sturdy harness aboard the vessel’s flight deck. When passengers are ready, the captain accelerates the ship and extends the towline, letting the chute lift each duo lightly off of solid boatground. Familiar landscapes recede to microscopic size as the wind carries fliers 800 feet above the cerulean waves, where ears can bask in high-altitude hush or eavesdrop on gulls’ cocktail-party conversations.
The watercraft stops once while the chute is aloft to allow a breathtaking free fall for up to a minute until the boat tugs forward, returning riders to their perch among low clouds. On the way down, floaters’ toes can touch the water upon request, but since takeoff and landing both take place on the boat’s flight deck, getting wet is entirely optional. Each pair inhabits aerial space for 10–12 minutes, and the entire party stays at sea for a little more than an hour. Duos depart with a memory card holding 20 photos of their parasail experience ready for printing, posting, or convincing employers of supernatural flight skills.