5 Things to Look for in a Paragliding School

 

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There are plenty of paragliding schools out there – more than a handful in the greater Cape Town region alone and most would argue that they’re the right choice for you, the student. How can you know which one is best?

 

It’s not a decision to take lightly. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of 5 things to prioritize when shopping around:

 

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1) A history of safety

 

Paragliding is statistically just as safe as driving, but any activity that takes you hundreds (or even thousands) of meters into the air does carry some inherent danger. It’s critical to find a school with the proven ability to mitigate risks. If your instructors take you out in less-than-ideal weather or without proper gear checks, run– don’t walk– out of there!

 

 

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Paragliding-Martin-Jovanoski

2) Extensive instructor experience

 

When it comes to learning extreme sports, there is simply no substitute for practical experience. It is here that techniques and reactions are truly honed, and the world’s most well read instructors won’t have much to teach you if they can’t support their knowledge with real skills. The best pilots are often those with proficiency flying in different conditions around the world – if your school’s instructors travel, train, and learn from their colleagues, both locally and internationally, it’s a very good sign.

 

 

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Paragliding-Cape-Town-Comp-Race

 

3) A wide range of offerings

 

Similarly, if the instructors offer training and guidance in many forms of paragliding, it’s a strong testament to their abilities and professionalism. Even if you’re simply looking for an introductory tandem flight, keep an eye out for those schools that offer license courses, as well as classes in specific subjects (such as cross-country paragliding or acrobatic paragliding). It’s a good way to separate the hobbyists from the pros.

 

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Fly-Cape-Town-Paragliding-Boys

 

4) Multiple glider options

 

Not all paragliding rigs are the same, even for beginners. An excellent instructor realizes this, and stocks several choices, to ensure that each student feels confident and comfortable in the air. Whether you’re looking for an ultra-simple, stable ride or something with a bit more agility and technical know-how, a good school will have you covered.

 

 

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Paragliding-Cape-Town-Long-Pete

5) Word of mouth

 

Anyone can talk big, and plenty can write convincingly on their websites. Personal recommendations and social media buzz are a great way to identify those schools that truly deliver on their promises. Even if you don’t personally know anyone who has attended, check out the school’s Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts for activity and for student reviews. You can bet that if people are talking, there’s a good reason.

 

Stephan Kruger
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Stephan Kruger

Owner & Founder of Fly Cape Town Paragliding at Fly Cape Town Paragliding
Stephan is the owner of Fly Cape Town Paragliding. He is an avid tandem, competition and aerobatics paragliding pilot He loves to share the joy of paragliding flight with anyone who is keen...He is also a qualified paragliding instructor and a paragliding endurance athlete.
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