WHAT IS PARAGLIDING
Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing.
What do we offer?
Tandem Paragliding! A tandem paraglider is designed to carry two people — the instructor and the passenger. The passenger is strapped into a harness right in front of an experienced paragliding pilot during the paragliding tandem flights. Tandem paragliding is a sublime adrenaline rush.
MEET OUR PILOTS
Originally Cuban, Janlen has been flying for 20 years!
With experience as a competitive paraglider doing cross country flights in his home town and competitive cycling in Europe, Janlen is the perfect man for an adrenaline filled adventure with views of Antigua's inland landscape!
Originally Italian, Roberto has been flying for 30 years! With his experience as a Paragliding Teacher, Roberto is the perfect man for an adrenaline filled adventure with views of beautiful beaches and harbours on Antigua's Southern tip!
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
As an extreme adventure, there are definitely risks! These include:
- Small cuts, bruises and scratches from nearby plants or grass after an emergency landing and during the walk back to the meeting point or nearest access for pickup.
- Deeper cuts and minor injuries to knees, hands and legs if the passenger does not adhere to the take off and landing instructions.
- Insect bites if an emergency landing is done in a space that may have insects such as an ants nest nearby.
WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY LANDING?
An Emergency Landing is a landing that is done quickly in order to get the passenger and pilot to safety. This may or may not include the use of the pilot's Parachute.
What causes an Emergency Landing? A quick change in weather or wind speed (too high or too low) can encourage your pilot to land quickly and cut the flying time shorter so that you are safe and on land. Operating on a small tropical island, weather change is frequent during certain times of the year, rainy season specifically.
IS THIS AN ADVENTURE FOR YOU?
DO YOU LIKE:
- The adrenaline Rush from New Adventures?
- The idea of seeing your surroundings or this beautiful Tropical Island from a birds eye view?
- Trying new and daring things?
EMOTIONAL/ MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
- MUST NOT BE AFRAID OF HEIGHTS
- MUST BE PREPARED TO RUN/PUSH FORWARD AGAINST THE WIND
- MUST BE PREPARED TO ACCEPT ANY CHANGES IN WEATHER THAT MAY REDUCE THE FLIGHT TIME OR HAVE THE FLIGHT CANCELLED ALTOGETHER
- MUST BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE ANY CONCERNS OR PAINS TO THE GUIDE AND PILOT PRESENT AS SOON AS THEY HAPPEN SO THAT FIRST AID CAN BE APPLIED IF NEEDED
- MUST BE PHYSICALLY FIT
- MUST BE ABLE TO WALK/HIKE
FOR AT LEST 30 MINUTES
- MUST BE BELOW 200 LBS
- MUST NOT HAVE ANY PRIOR KNEE OR ANKLE INJURIES THAT WILL AFFECT MOBILITY
- MUST NOT HAVE ANY PLANT OR GRASS ALLERGIES
- MUST NOT BE PREGNANT OR ANEMIC
- MUST NOT HAVE ANY INSECT ALLERGIES
- MUST NOT HAVE ANY SKIN CONDITIONS
- MUST NOT HAVE ANY HEART CONDITIONS
- MUST NOT HAVE ANY PHYSICAL DISABILITY
- MUST NOT HAVE ASTHMA OR ANY OTHER LIMITING BREATHING CONDITIONS
WHAT TO EXPECT
FIRST THINGS FIRST: NO TWO FLIGHTS ARE THE SAME
PLEASE SET ASIDE 3 HOURS FOR YOUR SINGLE PARAGLIDING BOOKING AND 3-5 HOURS FOR A COUPLE BOOKING
Getting to the top for your Tandem Paragliding flight may involve a 30 minute walk to a 10-30 minute drive depending on the location!
CHECKING THE WIND
Your Paragliding Pilot will check the winds to confirm that it is suitable enough to fly. If the weather is not suitable, then he may waiting suggest 30 minutes to 1 hour for a change in weather.
GETTING STRAPPED IN
Once the winds are confirmed to be suitable, your paragliding pilot will proceed to strap you in to the tandem paraglider by your thighs and waist and connecting the paraglider to his own which will be connected to the glider (kite like material that helps you fly).
CHECKING THE LINES
There are about 40 lines that are connected to your paragliding pilot and he will need to check each line to ensure that they are straight and properly connected to the glider and himself. This important task can take about 5-10 minutes.
GOING OVER PASSENGER INSTRUCTIONS
Your paragliding pilot will explain what needs to be done in order to take off and land. This includes how to position your feet and running forward against the wind as fast as you can! Don't worry, these instructions will be repeated to you before take off and right before landing.
After the instructions and positioning, your pilot will start pulling the glider to catch the wind. Once the right winds are present, he will shout "RUN!" and you will need to run forward as fast as you can. Once the winds are consistent during take off, your ascent will be quick (a manner of seconds).
Please bare in mind that your feet will come off of the ground and your sense of gravity will be heightened.
You're now up in the air and enjoying your 20 minute flight. Your paragliding pilot will take out his go pro camera to ensure that you can record this new experience. Alternatively if the winds do not remain consistent throughout your 20 minute flight, your pilot will indicate that he will need to land and go over the landing instructions. Please note that in the case of an Emergency Landing, landing safely takes priority over the exact location.
WHAT YOU NEED AND
HOW TO PREPARE?
- Long sleeved leggings or joggers
- Sneakers with a grip
- Comfortable Shirt or Blouse (Exercise wear)
- Additional light long sleeve shirt for flying
What to do the day before:
- Do not drink Alcohol exactly 24 hours before your flight
What to do the day of your flight:
- Do eat a decent meal at least 4 hours before your flight
- Do not eat greasy foods 4 hours before your flight
ARE YOU READY TO FLY?
COST: US$170 Per Person
Includes: Tandem Paragliding Flight, Go Pro Video For all Inland Flights (not included for flights close to the water)
We accept both Cash and Credit Card Payments