Holidays are often an opportunity to embark on new experiences. If you are looking for thrills or simply want to take in the thrill of the scenery from a different point of view, a paragliding experience will be an unforgettable experience.
What is paragliding?
Paragliding is a derivative of parachuting. It allows the practice of free flight, or paramotor flight, i.e. flight propelled by a small propeller engine.
Derived from the parachute… but different! Paragliding is closer to air sports such as hang-gliding. It is not a question of launching from an aircraft, but of taking off from a sloping runway.
Paragliding requires good weather conditions (moderate wind and clear skies). A short run on a uneven ground will allow you to fly away sitting in a selette, suspended from a sail.
Is a paragliding experience available to all?
As the formula says, baptism is accessible to everyone, “from 7 to 77 years old”.
For children‘s baptisms, however, it is advisable to favour low-wind flights, i.e. rather at the beginning or end of the day.
From the age of 7, there is no longer any age limit. Nor should you benefit from a great sportsman’s physical condition. Paragliding baptism does not require a medical certificate. But it is advisable to keep your monitor informed of known medical contraindications, such as heart problems or pregnancy.
Paragliding is also possible for people with reduced mobility!
What if I get dizzy?
No worries: no dizziness in flight. The feeling of vertigo appears when there is a landmark with the ground (horizontal or vertical). It is not possible to have such a reference point when flying by paragliding. You will probably experience a slight anxiety before takeoff, but it will calm down very quickly as soon as you are in the air.
How does the baptism take place?
The first flight in paragliding is done in two-seater. You will take off and fly with an instructor. Under no circumstances will you fly alone!
The first step is to find a monitor. For this purpose, always contact official structures (paragliding or free flight schools, or specialised shops that will give you information about baptisms). Avoid going directly to an instructor at a take-off site; by following the official route, your first flight will always be covered by air liability and individual accident coverage insurance.
The day of the baptism
The day, time and place of the appointment can be modified according to the weather to ensure good flying conditions and your safety.
A baptism usually lasts about twenty minutes but allow 2 hours per rotation.
The budget? Between 50 and 100 euros. Payment is usually made after the flight.
Please note that a pick-up is planned at the landing site, so you will be taken back to your vehicle.
Is paragliding baptism dangerous?
The danger is almost nil. A baptism is always accompanied by a tandem instructor. This instructor is experienced: he knows his equipment, the sites he flies over, and he generally has several years of experience.
However, if it is reassuring, your basket (from which you will be suspended during your flight) includes a rescue parachute and an airbag.
Remember to bring warm clothes. In ascension flight, we lose 1°C every 100m. So cover up, even in the summer!
Wearing high heels is essential to protect your ankles during takeoff and especially during landing.
Finally, you will be required to wear a helmet. Take it to your size and fix it securely.