Intro Paragliding Lesson
Typical Time: FULL DAY (6 hours)
Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Student pilots need to run at a jog in order to launch and land.
Cost: Since this is a full day of training and practice runs, expect the cost to run at least $180. I will shop around for a group discount to find a better deal.
Paragliding includes: All necessary equipment, knowledeable instructors and necessary shuttle. Students should bring sneakers for footwear. Light cotton pants, jeans or any athletic pants are recommended.
The One Day Paragliding Lesson includes all equipment, instruction, and rides back to launch (no hiking). We start the day with an introduction to the equipment. This is a sport where you get to have fun right away instead of being bogged down by lecture and theory. We practice inflating and controlling the wing on the ground. We learn the launch sequence, and steering skills before introducing the element of flight. Students enjoy working on ground handling and controlling the glider. After we have good ground handling skills, your instructor will go over the basic flight plan as we watch other pilots demonstrate what a solo flight looks like. All solo flights are radio-supervised and entirely self paced. Before launching, instructor and student recap the flight plan and landing procedure. Then you’re off on your first flight!
After landing, a company van will be down to pick you up and bring you to the top of the hill for more flying. Your instructor supervises you on the radio during your flight into the landing zone. As you progress we will introduce new concepts to help you improve your technique. Our world class training hill is famous, and people come from all over the world to paraglide in Santa Barbara at this perfect location overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.