Top concerns of novices when paragliding

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Top concerns of novices when paragliding

As it is an air sport, even if it is one of the safest and least intensive there is, it is normal for people who will experience their first paragliding flight to have a lot of doubts or concerns.

Therefore, in this article we want to take a look at the main doubts when flying paragliding for the first time. In this way, we hope to respond to any possible concerns you may have so that you are more informed and feel more calm at the time of this activity.

Can I paraglide even  if I'm afraid of heights?

Fear of heights or feeling vertigo is very common, so there are many people who think they can't paraglid because of this problem.

You should keep in mind that vertigo presents itself as a sense of insecurity in our body, feeling that we can fall to the ground at any time. However, it comes when we have a support point with the floor, be it a balcony, stairs, a window, an elevator, etc.

However, in the paragliding, just as it does with airplanes, that spatial reference that is attached to the ground is lost, so the vertigo in the paragliding is something that disappears in a short time.

Many people who have vertigo have managed to paraglide and have a good experience, so you really shouldn't think it's a problem that will prevent you from experiencing this experience.

Is this a scary experience?

As mentioned above, by the very nature of this experience, it is normal for novices to be nervous or afraid.

But you should know that in reality the first few minutes before takeoff are in which there is more tension, because once your feet rise from the ground and you settle in the chair, then you will begin to experience a feeling of tranquility and amazement that will leave behind all the tension. Relaxing and enjoying the experience will be much easier than you think.

What weather conditions are recommended for flying?

The weather conditions when practicing paragliding play a very important role in the experience you will have of the activity. The most recommended is to fly on sunny days.

In the paragliding, just as it does with other aircraft, it takes a margin to plan and a flight speed, which means you can't paraglid when it's too windy..

For the flight to be safe it must be below 30 km/h. So, when there are strong winds or even a storm it is not recommended to fly as it becomes much more dangerous.

What is the best season of the year for paragliding?

Being clear that the weather situation is very important to be able to have a good experience, it is not surprising that some seasons of the year are more recommended than others.

However, you should be clear that paragliding can be practiced all year round, in winter, spring, summer or autumn.

Of course, we will always have to respect the weather situation of the area where we are thinking of flying, but beyond that, it really is not that one season of the year itself is better than another.

Is the paragliding harness uncomfortable?

Currently the paragliding harnesses are comfortable and safe. Most people who fly describe them as a type of hammock, on which you can go comfortably while enjoying the whole experience.

Is it hard to take off and land?

Takeoff and landing are two parts of the experience that usually arouse a lot of doubts and worries, but you should know that it's quite easy to take off and land on the paragliding, as you'll only have to run a little to be in the air. The monitor will give you a series of directions before the flight, so that your take-off is as simple as possible.

Keep in mind that take-off is always done in the face of the wind, so that the paragliding speed to fly out is lower, being able to fly without any complications.

On the other hand, the landing of the paragliding is very soft and is also wind-facing, so that we can take advantage of this type of paragliding restitution in the last few meters to be able to land quietly and without worries.

Can I feel seasick in the air?

The number of people who tend to get dizzy is really small, as can happen in other types of activities. It is not something that commonly happens, but it may vary depending on the sensitivity of the passenger.

To avoid this it is important to be well rested and not have eaten or drunk long before performing the activity.

These are some of the main doubts or concerns that novices usually have when paragliding..