Your Checklist to Avoiding Paragliding Accidents
From the beginning of time, you’re told accidents happen. If you trip and fall, “accidents happen.” If you make a mistake in a sport, “accidents happen.” If you knock items off of a store’s shelf, “accidents happen.” But the reality is, accidents don’t have to happen and many of life’s common accidents are easily avoidable.
That’s also not that not all accidents are harmless! This is especially true when it comes to paragliding. When you’re hundreds of feet in the air, a simple mistake can be detrimental to your safety. More importantly, paragliding is a safe sport if you’ve completed your pilot and paragliding lessons, and executed your vital skill set and knowledge during flight. So, no – accidents don’t just happen.
To ensure a safe, exciting, adrenaline-rushing experience when you’re flying high in the sky, go through this checklist before launching. While the tips and skills to safe paragliding are significantly more elaborate than this list, a little self-assessment with 10 steps can go a long way.
1. Dedicate your full attention during your pre-flight check
It’s easy to get distracted when you’re getting ready to launch. After all, you’re incredibly excited and just want to get your feet off the ground. However, being absent minded during your pre-flight check is a big “don’t” of paragliding. So, dedicate your full attention during this time.
2. Have a pre-flight routine you’re confident with
You know what you have to do prior to launching, but you should also have a pre-flight sequence that you’re confident and comfortable with. As long as you get all of your pre-flight checks done, the sequence in which you do them doesn’t really matter in which order – for the most part anyway.
3. Learn to analyze and understand your mistakes
No one in this world is perfect, and mistakes are a part of every day life. However, when it comes to paragliding, you want to have as little mistakes as possible, which is why this checklist is so important. However, if you do make a mistake, don’t get down on yourself. The best paragliders in the world know how to analyze, understand and learn from their mistakes so they don’t happen again.
4. Be aware of the weather conditions
The weather plays a huge role in your paragliding experience. In many ways, it controls your flight. So, never underestimate the power of the weather or how quickly it can change. Always be aware of the current and forecasted weather for the rest of the day. The weather channel may be calling for thunderstorms in the middle of the night, but a change in wind can bring those storm clouds rolling in in an instant. So, be aware at all times.
5. Become a cloud expert
With the prior mentioned, it’s highly recommended to be familiar with the elements of the sky. Clouds can tell you a lot about the kind of weather that’s rolling in. Since you can see for miles during flight, you want to be able to recognize unpredictable weather before it rolls in. So, take a blast to the past, and learn about the clouds! It could save your flight and life one day.