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?
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.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Deeper cuts and minor injuries to knees, hands and legs if the passenger does not adhere to the take off and landing instructions or obstructs any part of the glider while in flight.
Insect bites if an emergency or regular 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?
What to expect?
Check out this cool video!
1. Getting to the top
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!
2. Checking the winds
Your Paragliding Pilot will check the winds to confirm that it is still 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 if there is a chance that it may change.
3. 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.
*A Glider resembles a kite and helps you fly.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Take Off!
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.
7. Landing Safely
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.
How do you prepare?
Do not drink Alcohol
Eat a balanced meal
Avoid greasy foods
WHAT TO WEAR?
SNEAKERS WITH A GRIP
COMFORTABLE SHIRT /BLOUSE
ADDITIONAL LIGHT LONG SLEEVE SHIRT FOR FLYING
ARE YOU READY TO FLY?
Please fill our our Booking Request Form below.
Includes: Tandem Paragliding Flight, Go Pro Video For all Inland Flights (not included for flights close to the water)
Cost: US$190 per person
Please note that only Cash Payments are accepted for flights
PARAGLIDING BOOKING REQUEST FORM
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING THIS FORM
Each Passenger is required to sign this before their flight
I, the undersigned, being aware of my own health and physical condition, and having acknowledged that my participation in any activity which may be injurious to my health and physical body, I am voluntarily participating in a physical activity known as Tandem Paragliding provided as a service to me by Contours (Antigua).
Having such knowledge, I hereby acknowledge this release, any representatives, agents, and successors of Contours (Antigua) from liability for accidental injury or illness which I may incur as a result of participating in the said physical activity. I hereby assume all risks connected therewith and consent to participate in said physical activity.
I understand that Contours (Antigua) is not responsible for any weather changes during said activity. I acknowledge that the pilot will determine the most safe location for landing regardless of distance or other unchangeable environment factors such as grass, plants and insects. I also understand that I am expected to listen and adhere to all take off and landing guidelines explained by both the guide and the pilot, failure to do so may result in an unsuccessful take off or landing and is of no responsibility to Contours (Antigua) and its pilots.
I understand that 2 attempts to fly may be possible if I do not adhere to the take off guidelines or where the weather conditions have changed. In the event that the weather conditions have changed, I understand that I will receive a full refund if I am unable to fly during my booking. In the event that I do not adhere to the take off guidelines on every attempt, I understand that I will receive a refund minus $100 XCD penalty fee for failure to adhere to the guidelines.
I agree to disclose any physical limitations, disabilities, ailments or impairments which may affect my ability to participate in said physical activity. Failure to do so will release any representatives, agents, and successors of Contours (Antigua) from liability for accidental injury or illness which I may incur as a result of participating in the said physical activity with a physical limitation, disability, ailment or impairment.