Mistakes are a reality of daily life, but in extreme sports like paragliding, even small errors can be dangerous. And there are plenty of mistakes that we see time and time again in those just getting into the sport. If youre new to paragliding, be wary of the following:
Learning the wrong way
In todays world of YouTube videos and countless amateur blogs, theres no shortage of voices trying to make themselves heard. You could try to self-educate on paragliding techniques (just as with any other topic), but in an extreme sport like this theres just too much risk. Seek out qualified paragliding instructors proper training is a must and learn from their experience.
Overestimating your skills
Once youve got a grasp on the basics, it becomes easy to get overconfident. The excitement and adrenaline become almost overwhelming, and you start thinking about trying some acrobatics or launching in high winds. Even expert paragliders arent immune from this kind of thinking, so just remember to stay safe out there. Dont put yourself at needlessly increased risk its a recipe for disaster.
This goes somewhat hand-in-hand with the previous point, but its worth stressing again. Theres a certain amount of overcoming your fear involved with any extreme sport, but if youre feeling genuinely uneasy about the situation, theres no shame in stepping back. Sometimes people fear landing early or launching themselves in less-than-perfect weather conditions, but we say its better to be safe than sorry.
Overspending on gear
Because your paragliding gear is what keeps you alive, a lot of people tend to rush into expensive purchases associating more expensive with higher quality. In addition, nobody wants to buy the cheaper stuff and find that its just too limiting, right?
The good news is that todays entry-level wings mix durability, stability, and agility in an incredible impressive way. Safety is at the forefront of design in cheaper rigs, but theres still so much you can do in them. Weve actually prepared a list of several good choices for your first paraglider, so check it out if youre starting to shop around.