This is a sport which fits into the category of adventure or extreme sports. If you have to ask a climber why
they climb mountains, or a race driver why they like speed, you may not understand the answer.
To be a paraglider pilot is the same. We do it because of the freedom, the fear, the challenge to tame the
elements, the challenge to conquer our body and minds instinctive desire NOT to jump off a potentially deadly
mountain and soar with the eagles. To Paraglide is to remind ourselves why we are alive, to give us a perspective
of the everyday drudgery and stresses of normal life. In famous words, we throw the bonds of earth and look down on
the clouds. Ultimately Free yet almost completely vulnerable.
"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you
have been, and there you will always long to return."
- Leonardo da Vinci
This sport offers the pilot almost unbounded freedom. If you can walk to a launching site and there is
sufficient clear space to lay out and inflate a wing, then you can take off and fly. Naturally pilots must
paraglide within the limits of the equipment. Paragliders are a real aircraft. Like all other aircraft they have
limits. They are also one of the few aircraft around that will not fly without the harnesses pilot attached.
Without a pilot they are little more than an expensive rag blowing in the breeze.
On this website, you will find details on equipment required, history of the sport, safety aspects and links to
local schools and governing organisations. Stay a while and enjoy.