Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Canopy Tours and Zip Lines?
What is the difference between a tour with dual cables and a course
with a single cable? Is one system preferable to another?
A dual cable system is a system that typically includes two lines that the
participant is clipped onto and zips on at all times (typically one
below the other) throughout the tour; whereas a single cable tour
consists of one cable that the person zips on while going through the
tour. The number of lines that a person is clipped onto does not
necessarily translate to better safety standards all around. There are
single cable systems that are safe and well constructed, but
redundancy is important on tours like this in general and dual cable
systems are preferred by some agencies (i.e. cruise lines).
What is the difference between tours with hand-braking and tours with
other braking systems? Is one type safer or better than another?
One type of braking is not necessarily better than the other, but you
should definitely research the braking systems used on the tours you
plan to visit. If you plan to go on a tour where the participant is
required to actively control their own braking (as in the case of
hand-braking), you should be comfortable with that responsibility.
Likewise, you should research the other braking systems and ensure
that you are comfortable with the systems in place.
How do I find a builder that is qualified to build a Zip Line
You can research the list of Professional Vendor Members (PVMs) on the ACCT website.
How do I find a trainer that can help me train my staff on a Zip Line
Where can I find Installation Standards and Operations Standards
specific to Zip Line Canopy Tours?
ACCT provides a copy of the Installation and Operation Standards for members
of the organization. For more information, please call ACCT office at 800-991-0286.
Who should inspect my course once the installation is complete?
You can research Professional Vendor Members (PVMs) who are qualified to
do inspections on the ACCT website. We recommend that you have your
course inspected by a third party inspector (other than the company
who built your course) to ensure that an outside party has reviewed
the installation before opening for business.
How can I (a participant) be sure that a particular Zip Line/Canopy
Tour is safe?
You can research what standards the course is built to
meet, as well as their process for training their guides. If you are
in doubt, you can ask to see a copy of their inspection report and
find out of they are fully insured.
Will a Cruise Line normally offer the best quality Canopy Tour?
Not necessarily. Sometimes Cruise Lines will choose the tour that is
the closest to the ship and more convenient for them. However, they do
typically ensure that the tours they work with have the proper
insurance in place. Research it yourself before you decide.
What are the chances that a Zip line will break?
One in a Billion. Most accidents are human-error related. Check that
guides are properly trained.
I have recently had surgery in my______ and wanted to know if it
is ok to participate in the Canopy /Zip Line tour?
That is a question that only your doctor can answer, depending on
the physical requirements of the tour that you want to participate in.
You should explain to your doctor what activities you will be involved
in and he should decide.
Why is there an age limit?
Many Canopy /Zip line tour operators do have an age limit, and the
reasons may vary, some are about how heavy and tall a child may be, so
that he/she gets enough speed on the zip lines to make it to the other
end, some because of reach to the lines, friction on the rappel, etc,
that is on a minimum age; as for a maximum age, it is more about your
physical ability and energy, in most cases, if you can walk normally
and have the ability to climb up a ladder, that is enough. There are
also Canopy /zip line tour that may have access systems for people
with special needs.
Why is there a weight limit?
Many Canopy /zip line tour operators have a weight limit because it
is the way they engineered their systems, other criteria may be how
well does a participant fit in a harness, and sometimes people above a
certain weight may have trouble fitting in the harness according to
the manufacturer of the harness´ recommendations. Many times the
fact that operators do have a weight limit means they have done their
homework and their systems are well engineered. And sometimes those
that have no weight limit may very well have over engineered their
systems to fit any participant. Do inquire, do research.
Why some canopy /zip line tours let you ride zip lines upside down
and others not?
Most sit harnesses are design to support the human body from the
hips and hanging upside down is not recommended unless you use a chest
harness or shoulder strap that ensures that you stay in the harness,
and not all sit harnesses are design to do that. Some operators do
design their tours in such a way that riding upside down is possible
and use full body harnesses. Common senses applies when you choose who
you ride with.