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 Don't worry; it is very safe. The image of the extreme sport suggests. Paragliding has perhaps the largest number of participants of all so-called extreme sports. In Japan, older people slide calmly on the slopes of dormant volcanoes. Throughout the Alps in France, you can see brave young men pushing the limits of their abilities and paragliders as they fly across the country in difficult conditions.



Have you never flown a paraglider alone or in tandem? Do you want to "try" but still unsure if you're going to use it as a sport? What If the answer to both questions is yes? This article is for you.


Paragliding adventure vacation advertisers benefit from the sport's exemplary safety record. You may see the following lines:


"Bali Adventure Paragliding is safe and a whole new experience not to be missed."


The second bit is real, and the first may miss an occasional ankle sprain or bruise from newbies trying their first landing. But in ideal conditions for tourist flights, it's pretty much safe! And of course, you can't go wrong finding yourself under a tandem wing with a flight instructor handling the flight.


  • Now, naturally, every sport has its risks. Besides, aviation in general harbors risks. Paragliding, an adventure sport and a form of aviation, therefore also carries an absolute menace. For safety, however, the aviation side of the paraglider is of the utmost importance. All pilots are being trained to operate their aircraft safely and to minimize potential risks.

In some cases, it is a matter of judgment, such as approaching and landing. Or it could mean strictly adhering to a checklist in preparing to get off the ground. The joy of flying, year after year, is the reward for doing it well.


It has been said that paragliding is safe or dangerous what the pilot makes it. There is a lot of truth behind it, at least from different angles. First, the pilots select the flight conditions. Second, they decide how far they want to expand their flying skills. Let us now draw an analogy to driving a motor vehicle.


A novice driver can choose to bypass the back blocks for a while or drive straight onto the freeway during rush hour. It's about choosing the driving conditions.


Second, you can comply with speed limits and traffic signs or put your foot down as you pass red lights and everyone on the street. It's about deciding how far your driving skills go!


Let's check out for a moment at what can be the most dangerous things about paragliding. Many Years of experience have helped some instructors to trust that this is the ease with which people can learn to paraglide. After some newbies learn the basics pretty quickly, they may think they know a lot more about flying than they know. This can lead to over-consciousness and increased risk. The only way to be fair and fly safely in more challenging conditions is to fly frequently for an extended period.




For some reason, people with a passing interest in paragliding also have an interest in sports statistics. Deaths are significant. I think we all instinctively try to measure our risk of death by trying something new and exciting! So let's get rid of death and sadness first. The numbers are quite reassuring given the many thousands of people who fly and the hours of flight they accumulate.


Horse riding and paragliding make an interesting comparison of statistics. And ... you thought it, more people die from being thrown from a horse than from a paraglider accident!


I came across an insurance report that rated paragliding deaths per participant as lower than motorcycling in a similar context. Not surprisingly, I never trusted these things! Motorcycles that are.


Snowmobiling is another outdoor activity that is comparable to paragliding in terms of the injury rate per participant. I don't know about The Great Dry Flat Land, Australia.


Even though there were several thousand active paraglider pilots in the United States, only three people were killed in paragliding accidents in 2005. This continued the trend of fewer paragliders dying in the US each year.


To be precise and honest, the situation in Europe has deteriorated significantly in terms of the total number of deaths in recent years. However, there are far more active pilots in Europe than in the US, and a large percentage of the "push the envelope" by flying over challenging terrain in difficult weather conditions. The Alps, no less! As a beginner, you don't fall into this category, so you shouldn't worry about these stats.


Enough of the dead and dying, I'll touch on some US statistics now. In 2005 only 50 paragliding accident reports were received, which is a minimum of 5 years. Also, in 2005, 32 pilots or passengers were injured while paragliding in the USA. Fifteen of these people had to spend the night in the hospital.


The other day, while browsing through material, I came across a tandem pilot who has carried many passengers over the years. In more than 350 hours of tandem flight, he has never had an injured passenger. This should make you feel good because a great way to test paragliding is to fly a tandem paraglider. The pilot is in the back, and the passenger is hung in the front. The air in your hair and prospects to die for ... oops. I mean chilly opportunities!



Tim Parish is an avid glider, the webmaster of Paragliding Tales and Reviews, a humorous introductory site. Tim has had the pleasure of piloting gliders, gliders, and paragliders, both real and simulated, in the past. His courage for these tasks is evident in his writings, inspiring others to fly.

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