Ever wanted to soar like a bird in the skies? Here’s one of the simplest forms of human aviation without a machine. Paragliding!! It is popular as one of the most thrilling and exhilarating air sports.
The glider sits in a cradle fastened with ropes to a rainbow shaped fabric serving as the roof. All you have to do is run down a slope or a cliff to take off like a plane and after the required speed is achieved, put your legs up and voila you begin to fly. Maneuvering this creative human aircraft is made simple with a Speed Bar which is a foot control placed for the purpose of accelerating and equipped also with brakes on either side to control altitude, speed, direction and also for landing. Here is the beginners guide to paragliding.
The appropriate gear is necessary to make this risk-packed adventure sport pleasant and safe. Equipment required for this sport is convenient to carry as it can be folded into a backpack. Some must haves are
- Helmet (protects your head from heavy breeze)
- Paraglide (choose appropriate wing design depending on the pilot’s size and skill)
- Harness (to sit comfortably and enjoy the sport)
- Reserve Parachute (just in case)
- Radio (to stay in touch with your instructor)
- Knee and Shin Pads (to keep you secure)
Safety & Precaution
To make this exciting and adrenaline stimulating sport your best memory, certain safety precautions are mandatory. Apart from thorough practice and paying your undivided attention to the guidelines, here are a few measures to ensure your security and protection.
- Thorough instructions to maneuver the craft are highly necessary as it is only a one man sport and you always fly solo.
- Usually carry it out in open areas and fields to avoid crashing into power lines, buildings and trees.
- Since no engine is involved, landing requires skill, timing and practice.
- Learn how to use and equip yourself with essential like Radios to stay in communication in case of an emergency, GPS trackers and a variometer which alerts you if the altitude is too high(emits increasing beep noises as altitude increases)
- Stay in constant touch with the people on the ground to avoid flying away into restricted airspace and to identify your location.
Best Paragliding Destinations in The World
Although this adventure sport is a raging hit in Europe it is fast rising in popularity across the globe. Some of the best places to paraglide are
- Chamonix, Mont Blanc, France
- Babadag, Oludeniz, Turkey
- Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
- Treh, France
- Byron Bay, Australia
- Cape Town, South Africal Tuscany, Italy
- Makapuu Cliffs, Hawaii, USA
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Fort Funston, California, USA