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Paragliding Launch Tips to Get Your Feet Off the Ground

 

Think twice before your feet leave the ground. The paragliding launch is vital to having a safe flight. It may sound confusing at first – after all, how does the process on ground affect your in-flight experience – but don’t be fooled. The most important steps happen before your feet even leave the ground. So, minimize your chances of having an accident by following proper paragliding launching techniques you should have perfect within your paragliding lessons.

 

Be Like a Pilot, Not Like a Bunny

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Envision yourself as a pilot of an aircraft. Often, new paragliders pilots hop into their launch, and this is poor technique. Your paragliding launch should be similar to an airplane taking off. There’s no hopping, bouncing or skipping. It should be a smooth, gradual lift off. Doing the opposite can cause your paraglider to be ahead or behind you, which increases your risk of a launching accident. Your wing always needs to be directly above you for a proper launch. So act like a pilot, not like a bunny because doing the latter will only cause problems.

 

Let the Uprising Airflow Give you a Lift

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When you’re paragliding, you never want to rush into your launch. You just have to move into the rising airflow. However, to pull off this proper paragliding launch technique, your glider has to be directly overhead. If it’s behind you or even a little ahead, the lift-off will be bumpy and dangerous with the possibility of no lift at all. Ground handling is a critical part that you learn to perfect throughout your paragliding lessons.

 

Flow Don’t Pull

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With the prior mentioned, proper paragliding launching technique requires you to take off directly into the wind. Remember, your launch should be like an airplane taking off; flowing down the runway at a smooth, gradual increase of the speed. Not being in full control and, for example: being pulled from your launch, can result in higher stress level, which could be detrimental to your entire paragliding experience. So, go with the flow in full control of the process; never let it pull.

 

Fly Fully Loaded

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A major component of proper paragliding launch technique is to have your glider fully loaded. Anything short of that can make your entire take off quite unpredictable, as it can cause deflation close to the ground. A loaded wing is also faster and reacts better to the input you give with the brakes, so it’s easier to control. Learning to optimize using your weight in the harness while running will instantly minimize your risk of paragliding launching accidents.

Now, if any of these come to you as a surprise, it’s time to sign up or re-do a paragliding lesson. These launching techniques should be infused into your brain before you even consider taking a flight.

Your First Day as a Learner or a Flyer

Whether it’s your first day training to become a paraglider, or your first day taking flight, it’s undeniably an exciting moment! And with excitement tends to come some nerves, so let us take care of that for you. Knowing what to expect on the first day can be all you need to feel confident as you head towards this new adventure that is going to let you see the world in a whole new way.

The First Day of Training

We can tell you what not to expect on the first day of paragliding training, and that is to not expect to jump in a harness and take off. There is a lot of training required before you are able to take flight, and even more before you’re able to paraglide independently.

The good news is that the training portion of paragliding is fun! It’s not like sitting in class, studying about stuff you’ll probably never use in the real world. Instead, you’re learning the essential skills and steps needed to take this new hobby of yours to all new heights.

Whether you’re starting with your very first Paragliding Introductory Lesson or are heading onto a new set of training, the only things you need to bring include:

  1. Hiking Boots
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Light Gloves
  4. Long Pants
  5. Long Sleeve Shirt
  6. Water and Snacks

The First Day Flying

Expect to feel an adrenaline rush like you never have before. The first day flying a paraglide will be with a supervisor. It takes several lessons and extensive training before you can fly independently. So you will be strapped into a harness alongside your instructor.

Your paraglider will first inflate first on the ground before taking flight. You won’t be leaping off the side of a cliff or anything of that sort. Launch is a meticulous task, so although you’ll be extremely anxious to get going, patience is required.

All flying equipment is provided, but you will have to register at the flying site, which may come with additional (minimal) fees. Other than that, all you need is the following:

  1. Hiking Boots
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Light Gloves
  4. Long Pants
  5. Long Sleeve Shirt
  6. Water and Snacks

And of course, definitely don’t forget to attach your Go-Pro!

See What It Takes With Our New Paragliding Video

 

You can check the Let’s Go Paragliding videos collection, but this video gives a good overview of what we offer.  Everyone dreams of being able to fly at least once in their lifetime, but very few realize that you can fly. You just need to take some paragliding lessons. However, if this adrenaline-rushing sport has you feeling a little intimidated, and you’re not sure what to expect, let this paragliding video give you a good look at some of the class activities.

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From the Ground

The first paragliding classes start on the training hill. However, it doesn’t take long before you’re able to get your feet off the ground and make launch. Of course, you won’t be flying to all kinds of altitudes, but you will get a feeling for paragliding and the entire launching process. This paragliding video also shows you some excellent techniques of doing just that.

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Being Towed

There’s always the option of being towed within your paragliding lessons. These are typically incorporated when you’ve perfected your launch and understand some paragliding techniques, but don’t have the experienced needed to experience higher mountain flying. Being towed is an exciting milestone within your paragliding training because you get an authentic feeling of flying. I allow you to make more flights in a day, creating a routine, and setting up good reflexes. You’re up in the sky, controlling your wing all on your own (under radio supervision).This paragliding video shows you how fun this portion of your paragliding training is.

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Taking Flight

Now, we know you’re eager to get off the tow and set your soaring aspirations to all new heights. Everyone is! But you will only be able to do so once you pass several levels of paragliding lessons, and have perfected the necessary skills to paragliding. However, watching this video can be the ultimate way to keep you motivated throughout your training, while also reminding you of the end goal. Plus, the scenery is astonishing. You just can’t go wrong.

As you increase your paragliding experience, you will quickly see that every level of paragliding is fun. You learn new things every day, and it just gets better as you hike up the ladder to achieving your desired pilot license.

Are you ready? Head on over to Let’s Go Paragliding and sign up for some lessons! You don’t have just to sit at home and watch other people paragliding and the beautiful sights they see. You can achieve it too!

5 Epic Paragliding Videos to Check Out

As an avid paragliding enthusiast, you probably love checking out other people’s adventures. Even if you have yet to soar the sky in a paraglide, you just can’t deny how awesome it must be to literally fly. Paragliding videos are an excellent way to take a look at this adrenaline-rushing sport, and there’s no denying that you’ll want to sign up for our paragliding lessons after checking the following videos out. Here are our top picks for epic paragliding videos.

 

Flying in Florida

This paragliding video is from our own collection, and it’s definitely a must-see. The sun began to set during flight, and it’s truly a stunning view that very few people get to see. The landscape is just incredible.

 

A New Perspective


We really like this video from EasyGliderful because it shows a unique perspective to paragliding. Instead of viewing the flight as if you were in the flying-seat, you get to see what it looks like if you were up there in the sky, paragliding with someone else. This is a really cool video and will certainly entice your paragliding aspirations.

 

Start to Finish


This paragliding video from Luu is an excellent one to check out if you want to see the entire paragliding process. The video shows the paraglider’s hiking to their spot, taking flight and soaring the skies.

Mount Brace on 4th of July


This is another clip from the Let’s Go Paragliding video collection, and it’s stunning. Take a look and you’ll see both photos and video from a soaring height that is just memorizing to watch.

GoPro Production


This paragliding video from GoPro is really well put together and it’s absolutely mesmerizing. The paragliders take a hot air balloon before leaping off. However, it’s important to note that this isn’t standard paragliding procedures. Usually, the wing is completely inflated before taking flight, but it looks like these paragliders got a little innovative.

 

You’re definitely ready to take some paragliding lessons now, aren’t you? Let’s Go Paragliding is a highly reputable school that can give you all the high quality training you need to become a successful and safe paraglider. The trainer was even voted the United States Instructor of the Year in 2010. So, you can train easy knowing that you’re learning from one of the best in the industry!

We also have plenty more paragliding videos available on our Let’s Go Paragliding Youtube account. It’s a channel that’s definitely worth subscribing to! Here’s to many more flights (or even your first flight) in your near future!

 

A beautiful day going paragliding with buddies

The season started with great vibes. We already have novice pilots making mountain flights and soars with our local friends, the vultures.

That day from the video we managed to hike twice to the top of Mount Brace and do two beautiful flights.

When all the elements are present—the sun is here but not too hot, the wind is blowing in the right direction at the right intensity, a group of friends is around to share the hike and flight—those kinds of days are just worth all the effort and investment we've made to get there.


Of course becoming a paragliding pilot and being able to enjoy that kind of day requires a bit of time and effort as in any sport. You don't go on double black–diamond ski runs on your first day. That wouldn't be a smart move.

Paragliding is similar; it takes some time on a training hill with an instructor to master basic skills to control the paraglider in a different kind of air (turbulent or laminar), and velocity (from 0 to 15+ mph).

When your launching technique is under control, landing into the wind softly is another skill to master.

When your ground skills, take off, and landing are controlled, then comes the big picture—the big playground. It's similar to learning scuba diving in a swimming pool and then being ready to jump out into the big ocean.


At Mount Brace, even after your Novice certification, you will fly under the supervision of an "Observer" (a more advanced pilot) who will act like a big brother, helping you make the right choices depending on the weather conditions.

It also takes time to see the big picture, understand the wind, the turbulences, reading the clouds, and riding thermals. So having somebody more experienced to guide you through the process is a must for a long and safe pilot life.


But once you get there, then the kind of days that look like the one in the video are rewards that make all the previous efforts worth it when you take into account the experience you get in return.

Let’s Get You Flying at the Paragliding Introduction Day

Let’s Get You Flying at the Paragliding Introduction Day

You finally decided to take that leap of adrenaline and fly across the skies into a new hobby that will provide you with a lifetime of memories. Congratulations! We are just as excited to have you choose our Paragliding School as your ultimate guide to teaching you how to conquer the mind-blowing activity of paragliding. We know that your heart is sailing with adventure and ready to take flight, so let’s quit the chit chat and get to the good stuff of paragliding!

What is Paragliding?

You’ve likely seen it before in the sky – it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a paraglider! You may even know the basics of paragliding, but it is important to know exactly what this astonishing activity is all about before heading off to your Introduction Day. This is an outdoor sport that allows you to explore the world in a way that only birds get to. It’s a pure rush and extremely safe, with the proper training which of course, you will be receiving on Introduction Day and throughout all the other classes of your choice. Paragliding is similar to flying a kite, only you’re sitting below the kite instead of steering it from the ground. The wind currents act somewhat like the ‘engine’ of the glider and you basically soar through the sky, enjoying the sights.

Your First Paragliding Class

We offer a huge range of different training programs to ensure that your desires are met fully – and even more importantly, to keep your paragliding experience furthering. However, before you advance on to flying on your own or becoming an expert under the sail, you certainly need a bit of an introduction to this adrenaline-pumping action. This is where you will get all the basics that you need, including equipment. The slow and steady approach within the training will provide you with a thorough look into what paragliding is all about, and if you decide that it just isn’t for you, this is the perfect time and place to discover that. However, we are absolutely convinced that you will be ecstatic with the full day of outdoor fun, and can’t wait to provide you with the thrill of flying. During the Introduction Day training class, you will also learn the basic skills to kitting your glider, how the air currents is the secret to flying, and you will even make your very first flight… from the training hill, of course.

Prepare For Your First Paragliding Class

The first thing you need to do to prepare for your first paragraph class is to get exciting! This is an experience of a lifetime, and you certainly want to enjoy it to the fullest. So, get a well night’s rest and a delicious and nutritious breakfast in before packing up your bag. Some things you definitely don’t want to forget at home include your; hiking boots, light gloves, water and snacks. Depending on the weather, you may also want to add in your sunglasses, a long sleeve shirt and some long pants just to ensure your comfort. Other than that, you’re ready to go. Let’s Go Paragliding will provide you with all necessary equipment such as the glider itself, harness, helmet and radios. You just have to bring yourself and your excitement – and a couple of other things, as mentioned.