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Tandem Paraglide in the South Downs

Tandem Paraglide in the South Downs

£ 185

Petersfield, Hampshire, UK

Taster & Beginner
Family-Friendly, Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 9
Petersfield, Hampshire, UK
Max. group size: 4
Cancellation: Flexible
Minimum booking size: 1
Duration: 2 hours
£ 185

Activity Highlights:

Experience the thrill of paragliding, the simplest yet most exhilarating form of flying, and experience the joy of soaring high above the South Downs, near Petersfield, Hampshire, or near the enchanting coast around Weymouth and Swanage. A tandem flight is a type of paragliding experience where you’re paired with a certified instructor who guides the paraglider, allowing you to enjoy the exhilarating sensation of flying without needing any prior training. You’ll be soaring over the stunning landscapes of the South Downs near Petersfield, Hampshire, and occasionally near the coastal regions of Weymouth and Swanage, immersing yourself in breathtaking views from a unique vantage point in the sky.

Our Tandem Flight Experience

Our paragliding adventure lasts 1 – 2 hours in total, with the flight’s duration influenced by weather conditions. Our aim is a 20-minute airborne journey, which may be split into several flights. We’re typically able to fly on most days graced with good weather. Before embarking on this unforgettable journey, there are a few things to remember:

  • Fitness: You need to be in reasonable shape, able to run a few metres and bend your knees. Please inform us of any health issues beforehand.
  • Age: Flyers should be at least 9 years old.
  • Weight: Suitable for those weighing between 32 to 105 kg (5 to 16.5 stone).
  • Risk: It’s important to understand that paragliding is a high-risk adventure sport. You must be willing to sign our risk warning (under 18s need parental consent).
  • Attire: Please wear shoes with good grip, ideally offering ankle support, full-length trousers, and a windproof jacket. In winter, gloves and multiple layers are essential.
  • Enthusiasm: Last but not least, come with a high spirit and excitement to soar high!

Insurance

Your flight includes 3rd party insurance through our national body, the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. Please note, however, this insurance does not cover personal injury. If you require personal injury coverage, most travel insurance providers offer 1-day policies for travel within the UK with paragliding as an option.

Acknowledging the Risks

Paragliding, while extremely enjoyable, does entail risks, including the possibility of injury and even death. We take care to reduce these risks, such as through rigorous training, equipment inspections, and careful weather monitoring. Despite these precautions, accidents can still occur. You should only opt for this adventure if you believe the joy outweighs the risk. As a comparison, insurers categorise paragliding in the same risk category as off-piste skiing, white-water rafting, and pot-holing. To ensure your safety, it’s crucial that you:

  • Listen to instructions carefully and ask questions if you don’t understand.
  • Don’t feel pressured to fly if you’re not comfortable – our ultimate goal is for you to have fun, not to push your boundaries unwillingly.
  • Speak up if you wish to stop the flight at any point, whether before or during the flight.
  • Relax and enjoy yourself!

Why Choose Us?

We believe in spreading the thrill of paragliding, offering a once-in-a-lifetime tandem flight experience with an expert instructor. With no prior experience required, you’ll find yourself running off a hillside and into the air after a brief, easy-to-understand run-through. As we stay aloft, we harness the power of wind that is pushed upwards by the hill’s shape and bubbles of rising warm air known as thermals. Depending on the day, we might enjoy a gentle flight about a hundred feet above the ground, or use robust thermals to ascend to the clouds! So why wait? Come join us and soar over the South Downs.

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What's Included:

  • A clear and simple pre-flight briefing
  • Harness and paragliding wing for you and your instructor
  • An exciting journey through the skies (approx. 20 mins flight-time)

Group Size of 2 and above: 10% discount

Group Size of 3 and above: 20% discount

Group Size of 4 and above: 30% discount

Discounts

Discounts

Group Size of 2 and above: 10% discount

Group Size of 3 and above: 20% discount

Group Size of 4 and above: 30% discount

Frequently Asked Questions

We mostly fly on the South Downs near Petersfield, Hampshire. Occasionally we fly on the coast near Weymouth or Swanage. When you book, we will discuss where you would like to fly, and we will also check where the conditions will be best to ensure your fun and your safety.

You don’t need to be an athlete, but a moderate level of fitness is helpful. You need to weigh between 42kg and 100kg (5 to 16 stone). You should be capable of running for 30 seconds, and be able to balance and jump. If in doubt, as in the chat box on the bottom right of your screen, or you can put in a booking request and we will discuss with you before you make your payment.

There is no legal minimum age for tandem paragliding, but the passenger needs to be able to follow simple instructions, and give their consent to take part in a risky sport. For this reason, we put an age limit of nine years old.

Paragliding is a high-risk sport – insurers tend to put it in the same category as off-piste skiing or white water rafting. We do everything reasonable to reduce the risk: we are trained and inspected by our national association (the BHPA), our equipment is carefully inspected, and we have many years of experience. But we cannot reduce the risk to zero – so you should only take part if the joy of flight is worth the risk for you.

It all depends on the weather: we need no rain, and light wind from the right direction. The forecast gives us a good idea a few days in advance, and the evening before we can be 90% sure. When you book, please choose a date that suits you and add in the comments any other dates that would be suitable. We’ll be in touch the night before each date to tell you if the weather is good. In addition, we may contact you if the weather forecast is good and we’re looking for more passengers. You will pay once your flight is confirmed.

Grippy shoes, ideally with ankle support. A wind proof jacket and long trousers. The temperature at altitude is a bit cooler, so wear an extra layer. In winter you’ll need gloves and a scarf.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy

Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 

Firm

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount

Strict

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts