Calico Jack’s Zip Line Safety Procedures
Safety is the number one priority at Calico Jack’s. First, at Calico Jack’s our aerial canopy tour has two cables for additional safety. This allows our guests to have an enjoyable care-free aerial tour. Second, our zip line is independently inspected by experts from the United States in line with Association of Challenge Course Technology ( ACCT) www.acctinfo.org standards.
In addition, we use a special braking system called Brakehawk (www.brakehawk.com). Although there is no weight limit on the zip line, there is a 240 lb limit on the Brakehawk. For those over 240 lbs we use the traditional breaking method—a padded glove.
There is also no age limit on our zip line. To date the youngest guest has been 2 years old and the oldest 89 years old. We tether young children, and also if requested, adults to a guide for additional safety.
At Calico Jack’s we inspect our equipment, cables and platforms daily. In addition, our guides have been expertly trained and are certified. All guides are trained by Original Canopy Tour (OCT) standards. This assures all tours will be conducted in a professional and safe manner. One guide will always be sending each guest and one guide will be receiving each guest on each platform. All guests and guides are connected on a safety line on each platform.
In case health issues arise, be reassured by the fact that all Calico Jack’s guides and staff are trained and certified in first aid, CPR, and rescue.
Your guides will be responsible for all connecting and disconnecting of your equipment to the zip line cables. In comparison, braking, speed, and momentum on the zip line is controlled by each individual guest.
Calico Jack’s uses high quality equipment, including seat harnesses, carabiners, pulleys, and chest harnesses for larger people. In this regard, all of Calico Jack’s zip line equipment is guaranteed by its manufacturers as safe. This equipment is inspected daily before any tour is conducted. There is also a monthly inspection process that is carried out for further security on the equipment.
On the equipment, please note the following:
At Calico Jack’s, we feature the best—best made and most comfortable–zip line “seat” harnesses. A zip line seat harness supports 80% of the human body and the remaining 20% is supported by the zip line cable. Each harness can support 4000 lbs.
A large person (one weighing over 250 lbs) requires a chest harness. At weights 250 lbs and above, a person can not control their speed and momentum as easily. This may result in the person flipping over if they are wearing a sit harness. Flipping over is avoided by wearing a chest harness.
Each carabiner can support over 10,000 lbs.
Each strap or webbing can support 1000 lbs.
Each pulley can support 14,000 lbs.
We use Zip Line Brakes from Brakehawk, designed by Darby Adventure Systems to accommodate Calico Jack’s double cable line system. This innovative system, considered one of the best braking systems available, allows our guests to safely maneuver faster speeds on the zip line tours.
All gloves used for braking have additional padding to control braking.
We do accept “walk ins” though highly recommend that you give us a call if you are coming to zip line with us as we are closed to the public when we host private bookings such as student groups, corporate team building sessions, weddings and family reunions.
Our pricing for our zip line tours ranges from US$40 to US$88 per person including 12.5% general sales tax.
If you book through your resort the prices may be different as they are bundled with other services including transfers, guide and lunch.
We are a full service resort. After your adventure enjoy a cold beer and/or delicious lunch poolside or in our lovely restaurant and bar area. We offer guests that zip line with us the use of our pool on a complimentary basis.
Our longest aerial canopy zip lining tour—Ultimo Explorer— is more than 2,900 feet. Each of our tours offers you a return to the main platform on a 500 ft run and via our jungle lift platform.
Details on Individual Zip line Tours
Explorer: This tour offers 1,135 feet of cable and takes 45 minutes from start to finish. Via 4 runs and 7 platforms you explore the jungle canopy overhead and end this tour via the exciting jungle lift run.
Intermedio: This tour offers a challenging and lengthy line comprised of three 500 foot runs. It provides 2,745 feet in 7 runs and 12 platforms and includes hiking and crossing to hammock bridges.
Ultimo Explorer: This 1.5 hour tour is for zip line enthusiasts. It combines the Explorer and Intermedioin over 2,900 feet of zip line comprised of 9 runs and 15 platforms that take you over and through the jungle.
Night Explorer: Experience the jungle at night via our Explorer zip line tour. By Reservation Only.
CJV Extreme:This 2 hour tour combines the Ultimo Explorer zip line tour with a cable walk over a canyon, a climb down a rope ladder and subsequent rappel of approximately 50 feet. Return to the starting platform via a 500 foot run from our jungle lift with the option of returning superman style.
Optional Caving Tours
Each of our zip line tours offers you the option to visit one of our caves for a spelunking adventure at Bega One and/or Box Tunich Cave for an additional cost.