- Tandem Flights
"One cannot consent to creep,
No experience necessary!
Tandem Paragliding requires very little in terms of physical ability. If you're able to jog 10 yards/meters, weigh between 80 and 230lbs (37kg and 105kg) and don't have severe ankle, knee, or back problems, you're all ready to go.
First, you need to make an appointment. Please contact us a few days before your desired date to ensure availability. Best to send us an email, or call (250) 514-8595. At that point we'll also set a time for you to call and confirm your lesson, and find out about the exact meeting location (we'll be using a different flying site depending on the day's predominate wind direction).
The day of the flight, you'll need to call in at the agreed-upon time for confirmation and to check weather, meeting time, and location. This is a very important call. Paragliding, even more than most other outdoor sports, is extremely dependent on the right weather. If your tandem flight is weathered out, you may reschedule at your convenience.
Once you meet with your instructor, you will be taught the basics of paraglider flight - launch, landing, and what you can or cannot do while in the air. You will also learn some of the specifics of the site you will be flying and the route you'll most likely be following. This will make it all the easier for you to enjoy the flight afterwards. There is a small amount of paperwork involved, and costs will be settled at that point. Payment by credit card must be arranged beforehand.
Almost there now! The instructor goes over the equipment with you, the two of you put your harnesses and helmets on, spread out the glider, hook in, talk through the launch procedure one more time , and off you go!
Depending on the weather conditions, you'll be in the air for 15 to 30 minutes (and possibly longer). During this time, you'll learn more about how a paraglider flies, you'll be able to take pictures, or you can just sit back and enjoy.
In-flight Tandem Video:
** All of our flying equipment is fully certified
The flight can last anywhere from 15-30mins (and possibly longer). The total time for the excursion (meeting, driving up to the launch site (which is part of the adventure itself!), setting up the glider, etc.) takes approximately 2 hours.
If you have ever seen a skydiver land with a high-performance canopy, you will have seen how they swoop down near the ground and 'flare' the canopy just as their feet touch down. Paragliders land in a somewhat similar manner - however, due to their much slower ground speed and much lower descent rate, they provide a much softer landing.
No. Paragliders are launched from regulated flying sites and together with the instructor, you take some running strides and are gently lifted off the ground as the glider begins to fly.
Unlike in Europe, where every mountain resort offers "Taxi-Flights" as pure joy rides, in Canada, the federal aviation body (Transport Canada) allows tandem flights exclusively for instructional purposes. Not to worry, you will still get to enjoy the pleasure of free flight but you will end up learning a thing or two in the process! (e.g. the basics of what makes a paraglider fly, how it is controlled, launched and landed,etc.).
Believe it or not, but many pilots (paraglider, hangglider, fixed wing, etc.) are actually afraid of heights. There is a significant difference between standing on the ground on a high, exposed place like a tower or a bridge, and being completely disconnected from that ground, flying in an aircraft of some kind. So give it a try; if you are uncomfortable, your instructor will get you safely back to the ground straight away.