Paragliding Essentials

To fully enjoy your experience in paragliding, it is a must to familiarize yourself with the necessary equipment you will be using. Your paragliding instructor should cover the details of these gears comprehensively. In this blog, you will get to be acquainted with what they are and what they are for.

Paraglider

There are different brands of paragliders available. Instructors would usually suggest the ones with light wings that allows easier takeoffs and landing.

Harness

You are going to be suspended in the glider through the harness. Your instructor should be able to fit the harness right to make sure that you are secured in during the flight. There are various types and thickness of harness, so apart from the fit, consider your comfort as well.

Emergency parachute

The parachute is required for any airborne activities above 500 feet. Paragliding instructors will teach you how to launch your parachute in case of emergency.

Helmet

Climbing or biking helmet will suffice for paragliding. Make sure that they have straps for safety.

Gloves

Flying thousands of feet in the sky can get breezy and cold, hence a pair of gloves is necessary. Also, if you are going to maneuver your glider on your own, gloves could be a protective gear for your hands as the glider can be quite heavy and rough. Light material of cloth or leather is ideal to give you enough dexterity while still keeping your hands warm and protected.

Lace up shoes or boots

Lace up shoes or boots are advisable when paragliding. They are secure and non-slip but are easy to adjust as necessary as well. Remember that you are also going to climb ridges and hills so wearing a pair of shoes appropriate for that activity is necessary.

Paragliding is an extreme sport that anyone of any age could try at least once in his or her life. One does not have to be an expert on it, as your instructors should educate you before flying, but it will be helpful if at least you have an idea of what to expect with paragliding. Have a safe and enjoyable flight!