Paragliders originated from Europe. Initially they were developed from ram air parachutes and now have evolved into high performance elliptical flying wings. A paraglider is a pressurised aerodynamic wing that is built from a non porous rip stop fabric and has high strength lines that suspend a pilot underneath in a secure harness. Gliders are easily transported and carried only weighting approximately 20 kgs with accessories. It is a very convenient way to fly and is easy to set and pack up. The glider is packed into a back pack and can be put over your shoulder and carried to the top of mountains or taken away on treks. To go flying all a pilot has to do is lay the glider out, secure their harness and launch down a gentle slope. It only takes a few steps and your airborne. The glider is controlled by using brake handles held in each hand. Flights in a paraglider can last for many hours by flying in areas of lift like birds do, this allows pilots to reach great heights and potentially cover hundreds of kilometres. It is the closest thing to being like a bird and offers surreal beauty with unsurpassed adventure and excitement.
You can start to learn paragliding from the age of 15 with parental consent, paragliding is more of a mental challenge, it doesn’t require much physical strength to control a glider so it is suitable for both women and men of all ages. The main thing is to be in good health, body and mind.
Yes certification is issued by the Sports Aviation Federation of Australia who regulates the rules and regulations set for Hang Gliders, Paragliders and Microlights. When you first sign up for a course to learn paragliding you will need to sign a wavier and become a financial member of SAFA.