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Introduction to Paragliding, New York


LOCATION: Millerton, NY



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Discover the ultimate in free flight

Discover why everyone's getting into paragliding on an exciting one day introductory course.

Whether you want to become a qualified pilot or you just want to give paragliding a go, this introductory session is specially designed to provide you with the basic skills to enjoy kiting your glider, making your first few flights (just above ground level), and giving you a real feel for the sport.

Training with an instructor, voted ‘Paragliding Instructor of the Year' in 2010, you will learn how to set up your equipment, inflate your glider into the wind and control it over your head. As you become confident and more in control, conditions permitting, you'll make your first solo flight on the training hill just a few feet off the ground - an adrenalin rush you will remember forever!

Paragliding is the simplest form of human flight and one of the most addictive. Discover a whole new pastime and create memories to last a lifetime.

  • Learn the basics from an expert instructor
  • Gain the confidence and skills to begin learning the basics of paragliding safely
  • Weather permitting, make your first solo flight (low altitude) by the end of the day
  • No experience is necessary

Paragliding is the simplest form of human flight. A paraglider is a non-motorized, foot-launched inflatable wing. It is easy to transport, easy to launch, and easy to land. The pilot is clipped into a harness and oriented in a sitting position for maximum comfort. With a paraglider, you actually fly like a bird, soaring upwards on currents of air.

One day courses are available every day during the year, however paragliding is heavily weather dependent and may be postponed in adverse conditions.

Your instructor will meet you on the day and brief you on the weather conditions.

The course lasts for 5 hours and is designed to provide a taster covering the basics of paragliding. You will learn a mixture of theory and practical techniques, from safety procedures to how to inflate the wing.

At the end of your session, you may be ready to attempt your first solo flight. Some students will achieve lift a few feet off the ground on their first flight, while others require more time and practice. The aim of the course is to arm you with the basic knowledge to be able to conduct a solo flight a few feet above the ground safely at the end of the day.

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