Paragliding

About the Sport:

If you love freedom and your dream is to fly, then Paragliding is the best way to live your dream! It is a very dynamic sport. A paraglider is an inflatable wing. The pilot sits in a special harness attached to the paraglider which is laid out at the top of a mountain, facing the wind. The canopy gets inflated with the movement of air into it and gets an aerodynamic shape. After taking few steps the pilot starts flying up in the air.


Relation To India:

India is blessed with high mountains, making it one of the best destinations for paragliding. Paragliding destinations can be found in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and other regions. There are many flying clubs offering courses in paragliding and conducting special training programmes for the pilots. Paragliding Association of India promotes controls and regulates paragliding in India.


Tips / Precautions / Interesting Facts:

Paragliding is one of the riskiest adventure sports.  It could be fatal if safety measures are not followed and proper equipments are not used. Pilot training, risk management and an alert mind can reduce the risk of injury. Weather conditions should be studied because they play a major role in affecting the flying conditions. A paragliding pilot needs to have mental strength to sense the upcoming risks and the ways to escape them! Do you have what it takes to be a paraglider.


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Do's

  • Check the harness and equipments properly
  • Go to the loo before launch
  • Keep a check on wind direction and speed
  • Fasten your chest straps

Don'ts

  • Don’t launch in bad weather conditions
  • Don’t forget to tie your leg straps
  • Don’t go for sharp changes in steering inputs
  • Don’t fly with brake toggles around your wrist
  • Don’t fly into the clouds

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