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Do You Need to Be Fit for Paragliding and All Your Other Questions Answered!

Many people have concerns or questions before they start to paraglide or go on a tandem flight. It’s totally normal, afterall, we humans weren’t born with wings. Here we break down the most common questions.

If you have other questions, just drop us an message in the live chat and we are always happy to help.

What Age Do You Need to Be to Paraglide?

The world of paragliding doesn’t set a firm age limit. In many countries, individuals as young as 14 can start learning to paraglide, provided they have parental consent for those under 18.

Our courses normally have the minimum age listed on the course page.

How Fit Do I Need to Be to Paraglide?

Paragliding is a sport that values technique more than fitness. Although a basic level of physical fitness will be beneficial (especially for the launching and landing phases), the most important element is your ability to control and manage the wing, which relies more on finesse than brute strength. You should be comfortable with walking, running short distances, and carrying a weight of around 15-20kg for short periods (for carrying your equipment).

Do You Need to Be Strong to Paraglide?

Many flying sites will be a short walk from the nearest car park, this is normally the most demanding part. Having said that, taking off in gusty conditions can require some upper body strength to launch your wing. However, your instructor will not put you in position if they think it is dangerous. Upper body strength is less critical than good core strength and balance.

What’s the Maximum Body Weight for Paragliding?

Equipment specifications and weather conditions largely determine the maximum weight limit for paragliding. As a general rule of thumb, the upper weight limit for a rider is around 100-110 kg. However, heavier individuals shouldn’t be discouraged as tandem flights and specific heavyweight gliders can accommodate larger individuals. It is always key to wear proper footwear with ankle protection but even more so for larger individuals.

If you are concerned, send us a message so we can check if the course or tandem is suitable for you.

What Is the Minimum Weight for Paragliding?

The minimum weight for paragliding typically falls around 20-25 kg. Remember, the weight affects the choice of paragliding wing, so the paragliding school or instructor will guide you on this aspect.

Can You Go Paragliding When Pregnant?

Most health professionals and paragliding associations advise against paragliding during pregnancy. Some schools and centres allow it early in pregancy and some professionals do take to the skies while preganant. However, there are inherent risks and potential for falls during takeoff and landing make it a better choice to wait until after your pregnancy to take to the skies.

Is Paragliding Good for Your Health?

Beyond the undeniable thrill and sense of freedom, paragliding can have numerous health benefits. It provides a cardiovascular workout, strengthens the core muscles, and promotes mental wellbeing by helping to reduce stress and anxiety.

As outlined above, the physically demands of paragliding are not as great as other sports. However, to boost those endorphins, many pilots take up Hike ‘n’ Fly as a discipline. This is as it sounds, hike from the bottom to the top and then take off! Great fun and great exercise.

Can You Paraglide Disabled?

Absolutely! Many paragliding clubs and organizations worldwide offer programs and modified equipment to facilitate paragliding for individuals with physical disabilities. Tandem flights are also a fantastic option, as they allow you to experience the joy of flight with a professional pilot controlling the wing.

Am I Too Old to Learn to Paraglide?

As they say, age is just a number! Many, if not most, people start paragliding later in life, and the sport’s low physical demand means it’s a hobby you can continue well into your later years. Provided you’re in reasonable health, willing to learn and still have reasonable reactions and judgement, paragliding can be an excellent activity to pick up at any age.

What About Personal Accident Insurance?

While we all hope to avoid them, accidents can happen, so having personal accident insurance that covers paragliding activities is recommended. Check with your paragliding school, club, or national governing body to get advice on reputable insurance providers. BHPA membership in the UK covers public liability but not personal insurance. Check out our full break down of insurance

Is Paragliding Physically Demanding?

Paragliding is less about physical strength and more about control and finesse. The most physically demanding parts are likely the launch and landing. Once you’re airborne, you’ll be sitting comfortably in your harness, steering with subtle shifts in weight and minor control inputs.

Does Paragliding Make You Nauseous Or Cause Motion Sickness?

Some new pilots experience a sensation of motion sickness or vertigo, especially during more turbulent conditions. If you are prone to motion sickness, there are over-the-counter medications available that can help but be sure to trial these beforehand to make sure they do not make you drowsy or slow your reactions.

As you gain experience with the sensations of flight, any feelings of nausea should decrease.

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Co-founder and Chief Adventurer

I am Max, the co-founder and CEO of adventuro. We are on a mission to help you get into the sports you have always wanted to try, or develop in the sports you love, exploring new skills and locations. We do this by partnering with the best instructors, guides, and activity centres to get a great spread from beginner all the way to instructor training.

For too long, it has been way to confusing to find your next steps, or even to know where to start when getting into adventure sports. I am an experienced and/or qualified paraglider, skydiver, scuba diver, freediver, power boat driver, snowboarder, kitesurfer, kayaker, mountain biker, surfer, dirt biker, wakeboarder, and sailor.

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