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Hang Gliding and Paragliding Fun days
A paragliding or hang gliding fun day is day spent learning about our sport and getting you ready for your first solo flights. They focus on having a lot of fun whilst keeping you safe as you make your first steps into the sky. They are perfect gift idea for that special someone or as a taster day before signing up for the Elementary Pilot and Club Pilot courses for the unsure would be pilot.
Our fun days are very popular and are delivered in a tailor made format so you progress quickly and safely along a BHPA recognised training program. Our instructors will introduce you to the equipment and teach you how the equipment works on the ground before you move onto the next steps. Once you are confident on the ground you will move onto small hops from our smallest training hill where you will float a few feet above the ground before making a safe soft landing. The final stage is to complete a number of small flights from a larger slope to experience the amazing feeling of flying like the birds. Throughout the flight our experienced instructors will be watching you and in constant communication with you safely guiding you back down to earth.
Be warned, Hang Gliding and Paragliding is highly addictive! We often find that many of our Fun Day customers are hooked from their first flight and sign up for a course to become a solo pilot. Because of this your Fun Day can count towards your Elementary Course if booked within 2 months of completing the Fun Day
What to expect on the day
On the day expect to have a lot of fun and a great adventure day out leading up to you flying solo. Our Fun Days are social events so we encourage you to bring your family and friends to watch the experience and cheer you on from the side-lines.
We start in the morning with a meeting and briefing at our head office where we will sign you up as day members of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association who are the governing body of our sports within the UK. The BHPA have been developing safe training programmes for over 30 years and oversees all of our training and certifies that our school is a safe place to learn how to fly.
We will then introduce you to all of the equipment, how it works and how it keeps you safe in the air. We will practice our landing drills or PLFs which means rolling around on the floor for a few minutes before we start ground training. Once we are familiar with the equipment, we will practice some inflations and ground runs on a flat field to make sure you are comfortable with controlling the direction of the glider.
Only when you are comfortable will we move onto your first hops and the feeling of leaving the ground. Our skilled instructors will help you launch your glider, show you how to glide to the landing field a short distance below and how to complete a safe controlled landing followed by a graceful deflation of the glider. You will repeat this stage a number of times until you and your instructors are happy that you are ready to fly solo.
The final stage is your solo flights from a higher take off to experience a longer flight. This is the highlight of the day and what you have been working towards in the first 2 stages of the day. You will be under the constant supervision and in communication with your highly experienced instructors throughout the flight so you are in safe hands. During the flight you will complete gentle turns, alter the speed of the glider and learn to flare effectively for a soft landing.
At the end of the day we have a de-brief to discuss the events of the day. Our instructors will welcome your feedback and explain the next steps of becoming a solo pilot should you be interested in continuing your training with us. Remember, if you convert to a course within 2 months your Fun Day counts as day 1 of your BHPA Elementary Pilots Course.
Information and Restrictions
Timings depend on the season and the weather forecast so call the information line the night before at 9pm for confirmation of start times and meeting location. In the summer the start can be as early as 6am so be ready for an early start to get the best weather conditions.
We aim to get our students between 3 and 5 full flights during the day but this is dependent on the weather conditions, personal abilities and fitness. Heights achieved during the flights are also dependent on the weather conditions and normally range from 50ft to 150ft, although some students have reached 300ft on our Fun Days.
A Fun Day with is a great corporate day out or team building event and if you book a group of ten or more the tenth person comes for free. If any days are cancelled due to bad weather you re-book for free and Fun Day vouchers are valid for 12 months from the point of purchase.
We recommend that you are wear walking boots, casual clothing, and you have food and drink with you for the day. We have a toilet block and hot drinks available in our head office.
The minimum age limit for a paragliding fun day is 14 with their parent’s consent and the maximum weight is 23 stone or 145kg.
You must be in reasonably good health, and be reasonably fit to get the best out of a Fun Day with us. Due to the nature of the sport you will have to be able to run short distances and walk up hills so please contact us if you are unsure.
Green Dragons are open 7 days a week, all year round. We fly whenever the weather allows us, even in the winter! Some of our best training days are held during the winter. Make sure you have fully read and understand our terms and conditions before you book. If you have any questions then please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
BOOK A PARAGLIDING FUN DAY
If you have dreams of flying a Paraglider then a Fun Day for £229 is the perfect way to taste the amazing experience of flight. Book a day for yourself or as a unique gift and change someone’s life forever.
BOOK A HANG GLIDER FUN DAY
If you have dreams of flying a Hang Glider then a Fun Day for £239 is the perfect way to taste the amazing experience of flight. Book a day for yourself or as a unique gift and change someone’s life forever.