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How to Zipline with a Fear of Heights


Sweaty palms. Trembling knees. Spiking heart rates. Do you tend to feel these symptoms when you’re perched high off the ground? If so, you might not think ziplining is for you. However, just because you have a fear of heights doesn’t mean you can’t embark on one of the most thrilling adventures! Many people with acrophobia have actually been able to conquer their fears by going ziplining and ended up having an exhilarating time. You too can do something you never thought possible. Here’s how:

Communicating with your tour guide

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Communicate with your tour guide

If you have a fear of heights, it’s important to speak with your ziplining guide prior to embarking on your tour. Your guide has most likely encountered tons of people with similar fears and can help you through the same process. With advanced notice, your guide will be able to better assess your needs and offer you valuable advice specific to your particular tour. If you are going to zip line in a foreign country, be sure your tour guide is bilingual so there are no language barriers preventing you from communicating effectively.

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Take baby steps

Ziplining can be a huge step for anyone, let alone those with a fear of heights. Before you completely leap out of your comfort zone, it might help to take on smaller challenges. Participating in activities with a more controlled environment like the following can build up your confidence until you’re ready to zipline:

  • Take an elevator ride to the top floor
  • Go rock climbing in an indoor gym
  • Ride a small roller coaster
  • Walk across a low bridge
Research before you book

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Research before you book

While there are many ziplining guides to choose from, you should consider all the elements before choosing your tour. There are two types of zip line brakes: active and passive. Active brakes require riders to use brake pads or gloves to slow down, whereas passive brakes remove the responsibility of braking from the rider through a system of magnetic, gravity or spring brakes. For people with acrophobia and beginners, it is ideal to choose a tour with passive brakes like our “El Encanto” Waterfall Canopy Zipline Tour. Having an automatic braking system is much safer and allows you to truly enjoy the ride. If you are afraid of freezing mid-zipline due to fear, this is definitely the way to go. Aside from the braking system, you should also ensure that you have all the necessary equipment before you go. Choosing a tour that provides all the equipment from the harnesses to the helmets can help take some stress off your shoulders. Being prepared will not only ensure you are in good hands, but give you some reassurance when you start to second guess your decision to zipline.

Want to go on a thrilling adventure with your kids and conquer your fear of heights by ziplining? Ocean Ranch Park’s “El Encanto” Waterfall Canopy Zipline Tour is perfect for you! Contact us today at (US) 949-208-1158, or (Costa Rica) 506-2643-2182, or email us at