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Canopy Zipline Tours - FAQ

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

Canopy Tour?

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

Canopy Tour?

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 harnessĀ“ 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.

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