Paragliding

Includes: paragliding Outdoors, Adventure, Around the world, In the air, Sports

Activity time:
Half day

Age:
14+

Cost:
High
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Soar through the air

The closest you can get to flying - you don't need an engine to ride the wind and paraglide!

Overview

A paraglider is a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft in which the girl is suspended in a sitting position below a fabric wing.

Solo flights are open to those aged 16 and over.

Tandem flights - where a girl flies with an instructor - are open to those aged 14 and over when:

  • the instructor is licensed to take passengers
  • the girl is able to understand the instructions
  • the girl's weight is in the provider’s required weight range.

To take your girls paragliding, you will need to find a British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA)-approved site.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

Girlguiding insurance does not cover members to undertake aviation activities. You will need to check that the activity provider has adequate insurance cover. Please contact Girlguiding insurers AON for more details.

Check safety regulations below for more guidance on paragliding.

The instructor must hold a BHPA qualification.

The instructor should brief girls on:

  • the use of safety and other equipment
  • procedures
  • the purpose of the flight
  • sensations likely to be experienced.

Paragliding must be undertaken using the standards and controls laid down by the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) and must take place at a BHPA-approved site.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

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2 adults needed