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Tandem Paraglide Over South Downs or Beachy Head

Tandem Paraglide Over South Downs or Beachy Head

£ 206

Brighton, UK

Paragliding isle of Wight: Tandem adventure, flysussex.
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Brighton, UK
Cancellation: Custom
Minimum booking size: 1
£ 206

Activity Highlights:

Take to the skies with our experienced pilots and experience the breathtaking sport of paragliding.

Experience the thrill of soaring above the South Downs or the white chalk cliffs of Beachy Head. Feel the serenity of silent flight, the rush of the open air, and the joy of an unparalleled view. Whether you’re doing this for a thrilling adventure, or looking to get into the sport, paragliding with us is a unique experience that will stay with you forever.

Tandem paragliding is an adrenaline-filled aerial adventure where an experienced pilot and a passenger fly together, attached to the same paraglider. It offers a unique opportunity for individuals without any prior knowledge or training to experience the exhilaration of free flight. With the pilot managing the technical aspects, the passenger can relax and enjoy the incredible views, making it an unforgettable journey through the skies.

This introductory flight is perfect for anyone seeking a unique thrill, an adventurous break, or simply a chance to explore their interest in paragliding. No prior knowledge or experience is required!

You will experience:

  • A thrilling 20-minute flight
  • Insightful instructional lesson on flying, gliding, weather forecasting, and how to become a paragliding pilot
  • Optional HD video of flight with editing

You are welcome to bring your own camera at no extra cost, provided it can be safely tethered and stowed away during takeoff and landing. However, for an even better memory, you can choose one of our video packages – an edited or unedited HD flight video.

Locations: Your Flight, Your Adventure

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of nature as you choose from ten breathtaking flying sites. Spread across the region, from the majestic white cliffs of Beachy Head to the picturesque rolling hills of the South Downs encompassing Devils Dyke, each site offers a unique perspective and an unforgettable flight experience.

The wind’s speed and direction on any given day determine our selection of the flying site. However, we’re not just at the mercy of the weather – we’re all about crafting a unique experience that matches your dream flight. If you’ve set your heart on a particular location, we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Once you book, we will send a Google Maps pin the day before. Here is a list of the most common locations:

  • Beachy Head – Near the Beachy Head Hotel, which is on Beachy Head Road, near Eastbourne, East Sussex
  • Bo Peep Hill – Drive up Bo Peep Lane, which becomes Bo Peep Bostal just before it goes up the hill, to the top of the hill. 
  • Ditchling – Meet at the large gate on the northwest extent of the Ditchling Beacon car park. 
  • Devil’s Dyke – Park in the car park area outside the Devil’s Dyke Inn and then meet us near the motorcycle bay roughly where the marker shows.
  • Firle – Drive up the Firle Bostal road to the top of the hill above the village of Firle (marked as West Firle on some maps).
  • High & Over – Park in the car park and meet us roughly here. If the car park is full, you can park in the lay-by opposite.
  • Mount Caburn
  • Newhaven Cliffs – End of car park at the base of Newhaven Cliffs. 

Nearest train stations:

  • Beachy Head – Eastbourne Rail Station
  • Bo Peep Hill – Berwick (Sussex) Berwick (Sussex) Rail Station
  • Ditchling: Hassocks Rail Station           
  • Devil’s Dyke: Hove Rail Station
  • Firle: Glynde Rail Station
  • Mount Caburn: Glynde Rail Station
  • Newhaven Cliffs: Newhaven Harbour Rail Station

Why Choose Us?

Our team, led by our Chief Flying Instructor, Joshua, has over a decade of paragliding experience and is passionate about sharing the magic of paragliding. All our instructors have completed hundreds of tandem flights and thousands of solo flights, perfecting their skills over the years.

We also offer tuition for low air time pilots looking to improve their skills, using the tandem as an effective training tool.

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What's Included:

  • 20 minute flight with expert pilot
  • Insightful instructional lesson on flying, gliding, weather forecasting, and how to become a paragliding pilot
  • Answers to all your queries related to paragliding

What's Not Included:

Video capture of your flight. However, you can choose to upgrade to a package that includes video, just select this on the booking form above.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tandem paragliding is an adrenaline-filled aerial adventure where an experienced pilot and a passenger fly together, attached to the same paraglider. It offers a unique opportunity for individuals without any prior knowledge or training to experience the exhilaration of free flight. With the pilot managing the technical aspects, the passenger can relax and enjoy the incredible views, making it an unforgettable journey through the skies.

Tandem paragliding is suitable for almost everyone. Our main stipulation is that our passengers must weigh between 20 and 120 kg and be in a generally good state of fitness.  Anyone under 18 years of age will need written consent from a parent or guardian.

If you have any queries regarding your fitness, you can put in a booking request and we can discuss before you confirm and pay. This is particularly important if you have previously suffered a; head, back, or lower limb injury; suffer from faintness, dizziness, or fits; have a heart condition; are pregnant; or are taking any medication that effects your responsiveness.

We are as welcoming as we can to those with disabilities. We have access to a wheeled harness, enabling us to fly with wheelchair users. If this sounds like you or someone you know that would like to experience the wonderful world of paragliding please get in touch to find out more.

You will be given an SMS text or WhatsApp message with a time and location to meet your instructor. This location will typically be given as a Google Maps pin drop.

Yes! You can bring your own camera free of charge. However, it must be compact and tethered to you or your harness. All cameras must be contained in pockets or down the front of your top to prevent them getting tangled up with any flying equipment during a launch or landing.

If you would prefer to let your pilot take care of the filming we provide edited or un-edited videos of your flight using our HD Go-Pro cameras. Just select this on the booking form above. 

  • Warm Clothes: Due to the nature of paragliding, we are often exposed to the wind and full sun at the top of our chosen large hill for the day. Even if it looks like a warm day for your flight we highly recommend wrapping up well for your time on the hill and in the air. This advice is also for anyone you bring with you. Trust us, the view is so much more enjoyable when you are suitably dressed.
  • Sensible Footwear: Please wear good footwear (walking boots, running shoes), something that can give you good ankle support, as you are required to do a short run on take-off.
  • Food and Facilities:Only Devils Dyke and Beachy Head have food and toilet facilities so if you are planning to make a day of it please be aware to bring your own food and drink to see you through the day.

The most popular flight length is around 20 minutes. However we also offer double length and cross country flights for our more adventurous clients. If you wish to book this instead, scroll down to see our other options at the bottom of the page.

We do our best to overlap a given day’s optimum wind and weather forecast to the time we will ask you to arrive on-site. Sometimes the weather forecast and the actual conditions on the site do not always perfectly match. Therefore, we ask you to allow half a day from arriving at the site to being flown and brought back to the take-off.

We can fly between half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset on any “flyable” day of the year. For it to be flyable we need the wind to be between 10 and 25 mph and for it to not be raining.

We would certainly like to give you the opportunity to fly the paraglider as all flights are considered instructional by nature. As long as the conditions are suitable your pilot and instructor, they may hand over the controls to you whilst giving you guidance on their function, range and limitations – only if you want to of course!

Paragliding, like any adventure or aviation sport has associated risks. Your safety is the utmost priority of your instructor, but it is important to note that even with the best instructor using modern equipment there is always a possibility that you may be injured as a result of taking part in this sport.

With that said, the instructors working for our centre are highly experienced and therefore are constantly risk assessing the flying site, wind conditions, and their passengers’ specific limitations. We have a duty of care and will do everything within our ability to maximise the safety of your experience with us.

There is No Personal Accident Cover included for any of the flights or services we provide.

You will become a member to the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) for the day which includes Third Party Insurance.

We recommend taking out personal accident insurance. Sportscoverdirect do a very reasonably valued range of policies.

Please be advised that if you are prone to motion sickness you should let us know as soon as you can, preferably at the booking stage – you can include this information in the comments section on the booking form.

It is not uncommon for people to feel the effects of motion sickness when being taken up on a thermically active day. This is because the air is being mixed by the warmth of the sun and can result in a bumpy flight. Thermal flying is however one of the wonders of paragliding, enabling us to get from the ground up to the clouds and make huge flights across the country. Riding invisible bubbles of warm air thousands of feet into the sky is why most of us love the sport so much. If you would like to experience this type of flight but are worried you may feel ill please take sea/motion sickness medication before we set off.

Coastal flying could be the answer, though! If we are informed that you are extremely sensitive to motion sickness, we can schedule in a coastal flight for you. This type of flight makes use of air coming off the sea. The air in this situation has not had a chance to be mixed by rolling over objects or be affected by unevenly distributed ground heating. As a result, the air is exceptionally smooth. The sensation is smoother than driving down a freshly surfaced road in a Rolls Royce with squishy tiers! If you really want to fly but are often affected by motion sickness this is the flight option for you. It would still be wise however to take precautionary motion sickness medication just to be on the safe side.

Please follow our simple site rules:

  • Close all gates behind yourselves
  • Park responsibly and ensure enough room for large farm vehicles to access their tracks and gates
  • Take your rubbish home
  • Avoid bringing dogs, but if it is unavoidable then they must be kept on leads
  • You must please pay attention to where you sit to avoid obstructing any flying activity.

Extras / Options

Capture the excitement of your flight forever with our unedited HD video package. This is perfect if you’re tech-savvy and prefer to cut and style the footage on your own.

Enjoy the flight and relive the memories with an edited HD video. We’ll condense the video to an engaging 3-4 minute clip, complete with a royalty-free soundtrack of your choice.

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 your 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

Custom Cancellation Policy

It is rare but if the weather conditions on the hill differ from the forecast and it is not suitable to fly, your flight will be rescheduled with no cancellation fees.

If you cancel your booking within 36 hours (the day before) of your scheduled flight it will invalidate your booking.

No refund is given if you exceed the maximum passenger weight and have not informed us of this until arriving on the flying site (max weight is 120kg).