Paragliding is an aviation sport that can open the window to a whole new world of life experiences. Paragliding adventures can range from simply driving to the top of your favorite local launch for the afternoon, to trekking to some of the most remote locations in the world.
Although they somewhat resemble rectangular skydiving parachutes, (from which modern paragliding has evolved), paragliders are now designed to keep you aloft for extended flights, soaring, climbing and sinking with the currents of the air. You can launch your paraglider from shallow slopes or on steep hills. It’s a simple matter to unpack the wing, clip in, inflate the wing overhead, and then with a few running steps, become airborne.
A paraglider is small enough to be stowed in an oversized backpack and light enough to carry on your shoulders. It’s so portable you can take it almost anywhere.
With the steering toggles (brakes), you can easily control the direction of flight. After gaining some experience, you can begin to use the upward movement of the air, (thermal or ridge lift), to stay aloft for hours. When it’s time to come down, landing can be just as simple. One of our more popular “fly-in” contests is the “spot-landing,” where the object is to land on a silver dollar.
With the proper training, you can become a well-educated, safety-conscious pilot capable of choosing flights ranging from peaceful and serene, to extended thermal climbs and cross-country experiences.