Introducing paragliding for beginners
Welcome to the world of paragliding. The aim of this post is to introduce you to this amazing sport and to explain the basic skills and theoretical knowledge that are essential for a long safe and rewarding flying career.
The man had always dreamed of free-flying, the ability to fly like a bird and view nature and landscapes from a different perspective without the need for an engine or cumbersome machine. With paragliding, this is possible. All that is required is the correct equipment, training and knowledge.
What is paragliding?
A paraglider is a foot-launched ram-air aerofoil canopy designed to be flown and landed with no other energy requirements other than the wind, gravity and the pilot's muscle power.
Paragliding offers different types of flying and a very personal thing, whether
it is gently soaring flights in smooth air or epic cross-country adventures in
strong thermals or even radical aerobatics: the choice is yours.
In any case, keep in mind that safety is the most important issue for a long
flying career. Regardless of the direction you take, right now you're at a stage at all of them have in common: your initiation.
Paragliding is organized within each country by a National Federation. Their role is to oversee the sport as a whole regulating, the quality of training, organizing insurance and
securing the rights of pilots to continue flying with all the current restraints on airspace.
Choose a good paragliding school
The quality of the training you receive is extremely important as it establishes a strong
foundation of learning and skills that will carry you throughout your flying career.
Paragliding is a potentially dangerous activity. It's important that you're aware of this fact before going any further you'll have to carefully evaluate the quality and reputation of the training you intend to receive many schools offer quality training paragliding courses encompassing both theoretical and practical aspects of flying.
Experienced instructors will show you how to perfectly inflate a canopy using those of forward and reverse techniques. This will give you an idea of the skills you should be aiming to learn.
Learn to paraglide
So you've decided to learn how to paraglide. It's probably one of the most exciting things
you will have done in a long time but remember safety and fun are the main priorities;
you must stay within the limits of your experience and be progressive and don't skip over any of your training stages.
Learning how to paraglide never ceases there is always something to learn and improve; on this is one of the many factors that makes it so intriguing and addictive.
This post is a transcription of the video "Learn to Fly" (Kitchen Productions)