You could always go with your child (tandem). My niece (11 yrs) went by herself last summer in FL and loved it. I went last year in Aruba and it was a lot of fun; however, it was a pretty rough ride up there.
Baby beach, natural bridge, palm beach, California Lighthouse
Ok call me too cautious but I would wait until you are somewhere in the states to take a ride like this. First, It is very windy in Aruba which I think can make for a bumpy wild ride. Secondly, I would be concerned if there was an accident resulting in injury. None of the water sports down there seem to be regulated and I think you are taking a risk. Recently, I read on the forum of a child who was badly injured while tubing down there. I was there in November and watching kids tube ,often times there was simply a driver pulling the tube.. no spotter. They were flying, winding in-out and around boats!! To dangerous for me!!! Sorry
We used Aruba Watersports last year and I think the combined weight for tandem was 250 lbs. I also believe they had a minimum weight requirement of 120 lbs. As stated in my previous post, it was a pretty rough ride.
Now I will first say that I don't have kids....
but my husband and I have both been parasailing on the boat with "parasailing" on the side and we both had a great and safe trip. I went tandam parasailing with a girlfriend of mine and we had a great time. And then my husband and I went in 2006 seperately and we both had a good time. After our experiences, I wouldn't have any problem taking a mature and almost teen child on those trips. If I were going to do it, I would do it tandam. I can understand how it could be rough, but neither of our trips were rough. When you go up the wind will take you up and then you can feel yourself "falling" and then the wind will "jerk" you up again but I felt very comfortable in the harness. Tandam riding is fun because you can still talk/interact with each other and share the experience.
Do what you will, but we had a good experience and depending on the child I would have no problem taking them tandam riding (but I'm not sure about single trips).
On the beach with my bubba mug filled with Margarita or Balashi
Thanks for all your responses. Not sure if I will take her up. She's a thrill seeker (just like mom) - loves all types of rollercoasters, drop zones, etc. But obviously, safety comes first.
11 days and counting!!!! Whoo hoo!