Physical Requirements Of Hot Air Ballooning

A Sonoma Ballooning hot air balloon ride is a safe and fun activity for almost all ages, but it is an outdoor adventure and there are some individuals for whom ballooning may not be appropriate.

All guests must be able to stand during the entire flight unassisted and be in good overall health. Guests must also be able to:

  • Climb into and out of the gondola unassisted.
  • Bend your knees, hang on and absorb shock under your own strength. A safe bet is if you cannot jump from a step stool, a hot air balloon ride may not be appropriate or safe for you.
  • Walk unassisted for any given amount of time. It’s not uncommon for us to land in park-like settings with tall grass or slightly uneven terrain where our shuttle vehicles are not permitted to drive on.
  • Please view our safety video, which will give you a good indicator on if a Sonoma hot air balloon ride is appropriate for you.
  • If you have any medical concerns you should consult your physician prior to making a reservation.

Ballooning is not appropriate for:

  • Infants or young children (under the age of 6 yrs/48 inches tall).
  • Pregnant women.
  • Individuals who have done a deep scuba dive within the past few days.
  • People suffering from chronic pain, have a recent injury or who have recently had major surgery, anyone who is unable to stand without assistance for more than an hour.
  • Someone who requires assistance walking or who cannot climb stairs. “Assistance” meaning the use of walkers, canes, crutches, medical boot/cask, personal assistant (two or four-legged), wheelchair, etc.

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