Tips for Zip Line Safety
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ just named the world’s longest zip line—and it’s located right in the heart of Orocovis, Puerto Rico. The course, named “El Monstruo” (“The Monster,” in English), zips participants over the Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park for two and a half kilometers—which is equivalent to 28 football fields—with the ability to reach speeds over 80 miles per hour.
This zip line is definitely a thrill-seeker’s dream, but there are a few things to keep in mind before taking the plunge. Here are five tips to ensure a fun and safe zip line adventure.
- Listen to your guide – The experts have been trained to keep you safe and secure as you ride the zip line. Listen to all of your guide’s instructions and don’t be afraid to ask questions when you need clarification.
- Suit up – Come dressed in zip line-appropriate clothing. Wear comfortable, fitted clothes, and closed-toed shoes are a must. Cover exposed skin with long sleeves and long pants when possible. A variety of gear will also be provided to you, such as a helmet, harness, and gloves. Have your guide check all of your equipment before you take flight.
- Be prepared – As you will be flying through the trees, a generous amount of bug spray can help to keep critters off your body. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or IR3535. Also check the weather before your ride. Rain or shine, most zip lines still operate, so wearing sunscreen or ponchos can be useful. Apply your sunscreen first, then spray on the insect repellent once the sunscreen has dried.
- Forget the extras – Don’t bring anything with you that you’re not prepared to lose. Most places will have storage lockers to hold your personal items. If you do bring a camera, make sure it has a strap that can be wrapped tightly around your wrist.
- Have fun – Zip lining is supposed to be an exhilarating and freeing experience! Let the stress melt away and just enjoy yourself as you soar through beautiful Puerto Rico!