Ziplining in Kauai – Tips to Make Your Experience Fun & Safe

by admin on September 28, 2015

ziplining in kauai

There is truly nothing in the world as fun and exciting as ziplining in Kauai. You may have done it a dozen times at various zipline facilities around the U.S., or you may be one of the many who have never ridden a zipline before and are looking for tips to make your first experience as fun (and safe) as possible. As the first tree-top based zipline in Kauai, we want to help ensure you have a blast while being safe. We think you’ll find these tips useful.

Getting prepared

Be sure to bring your camera, as you’ll want to take pictures of not only your ziplining adventure, but the amazing tropical scenery around you! Your camera should be equipped with a strap that fits snugly around your hand so you can take pics with one hand while controlling your journey (braking, etc.) with the other.

Have long hair? Bring along a pony tail holder or hair tie to keep your hair out of your face (and out of the cables) while enjoying your experience.

Flip flops are a no-no, although they’re comfortable. You want to wear comfortable shoes, but make sure they’re the type that won’t fall off while you’re riding the zipline. Sturdy soles are also a good idea considering the climbing involved.

Any small or sharp objects should be stored in a bag you can strap securely to your body; the last thing you want is to complete your zipline tour and find that you’ve lost your car keys! In addition, the harness can squeeze pointed or sharp objects against your legs, so you want them in a secure place where you don’t have to worry about it.

While wearing long pants isn’t a requirement, you may want to consider it as harnesses can cause friction against your bare skin.

Be safe while zipping along the cables!

When riding the zipline, avoid placing your hands in front of the pulley. You’ll also want to pull your knees up and cross your legs, as this helps with control and balance.

When riding a zipline while it’s raining, you’ll need to brake a bit earlier, just as you do with a car. Lines can get slick when wet, just as roads do!

As you ride, you’ll want to keep your head to the side so your helmet doesn’t rub against the cable. Also, when you see an incoming branch put your head down so it will hit your helmet, rather than your face. Be safe!

Before you ever engage in the zipline tour, know the guide’s hand signals. You will want to pay particular attention to braking signals, and even if you’ve ridden ziplines in the past, hand signals can vary from one facility to another. Pay close attention to the information provided by guides prior to your tour – it’s important.

To slow down, avoid squeezing the cable but instead pull down on it.

Taking an eco-based zipline tour can be the most exhilarating experience you’ve ever had in your life, filled with fun, adventure, and breathtaking views of the landscape that surrounds you. By keeping the tips above in mind, you’ll have the time of your life! If you’re in Kauai, be sure to stop by Just Live!

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