Tips for Safe and Fun Zip Lining/Canopy Tours
Last updated: Jun 14, 2015
Before You Go
- Bring a camera with a strap that will fit around your hand to shoot with one hand while holding on/braking with the other.
- Make sure your bags - allowed at most places - can firmly strap to your body.
- Keep keys and other small, sharp or pointy objects out of your pockets and store them in your bag because the harness can squeeze them against your legs.
- Wearing pants isn't necessary, but can help prevent some friction against bare skin from the harness.
- Bring a hair tie if you have long hair.
- Wear comfortable shoes that won't fall of while riding ; don't wear flip flops.
- Make sure young children are accompanied by adults.
Riding the Cables
- Don't ever put your hand in front of the pulley while moving on the zip line.
- Cross your legs and pull up your knees while riding the zip line for balance and control.
- Know the guide's hand braking signals, they often vary from tour to tour.
- Pull down on the cable to brake and don't squeeze it (with the braking glove).
- Brake earlier when it's raining as the lines can get slick.
- Keep your head to the side of the cable so your helmet isn't rubbing it as you run the zip line.
- Put your head down if you see an incoming branch and let it hit your helmet to avoid getting bushwhacked.