The Zip Lines
In total, San Juan Island Zip Tour has 8 ziplines (2 practice lines) and 1 suspension bridge. Our first few ziplines will start out low and simple, with guests 10 – 20 feet off the ground. But once the tour journeys deeper into the forest, you’ll start seeing longer, higher and faster lines with one even riding over a lake. Although it’s pretty minimal, there is some small hiking (trail walking) in between some of the lines. But there are others in which participants will be traveling from tree to tree and land near the canopy on platforms 70 feet high.
All guests will receive an Orientation prior to their tour
Once you arrive on site, your guides will start you off with a full orientation on what to expect. They will properly fit you into a full-body harness, a helmet and golves as well as going over how all the gear attached to your harness works. Guests will then be led through two small practice zip lines in order to get used to what it feels like to sit in harnesses, how to land properly on platforms and, of course, teach you a few tricks to try out on the lines.
“Is this safe?”
One of the first questions people ask tend to be “is this safe” – and for good reason. Often people think of ziplining as an extreme sport that is incredibly dangerous when in reality this idea is pretty far off as driving is statistically more dangerous than most things we do. We will never say that anything is “completely safe” as there are inherent risks involved in anything we do, ziplining is no exception.
To mitigate as many risks as we can, guides perform inspections before each day of tours. Each month, we perform more detailed inspections of the entire course which includes checking every single inch of cable. On top of that, every year we hire an outside third party to perform yet another inspection to triple check our work.
Our guides are annually trained by SYNERGO, an official Professional Vendor Member of the Association of Challenge Course Technology.
On top of all of this, we proudly follow and adhere to all ACCT standards.
Meet Our Well-Seasoned Guides
Each tour will include two of our well-seasoned zip guides to lead the group through the tour. One guide will lead the group and be responsible for assisting everyone in slowing down as they come in from a zip while the other will follow and be responsible for sending you off. The guides are here to mitigate risks, lead you through an unforgetable experience and simply take care of you through the experience. If at any point, you feel nervous or downright terrified – not a problem! That’s what our guides are for. They will be there every step of the way to assist in any way needed. Sometimes, they can even throw in some good “dad” jokes if you’re paying attention.