Parascending

Includes: parasailing, hang gliding, Outdoors, Adventure, In the air, Water

Activity time:
Half day

Age:
14+

Cost:
High
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Fly through the air

Be lifted up by the speed of a boat and the power of the wind and fly over sea or land.

Overview

Parascending is an activity where girls are towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially-designed parachute known as a parasail. If the towing vehicle is powerful enough, two or three people can parascend behind it at the same time.

Solo flights are:

  • open to those aged 16+ if the girl is to be released from the towing vehicle during flight
  • open to those aged 14+ provided the girl is not to be released from the towing vehicle during flight.

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

  • the pilot is licensed to take passengers
  • the girl is old enough to understand the instructions
  • the girl's weight is in the provider’s required weight range.

To take your girls parascending, 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 parascending activities.

The instructor must hold a BHPA qualification.

The instructor should brief participants on:

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

Parascending 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.

This activity is particularly popular in overseas locations with warmer climates. If parascending abroad, the BHPA qualifications and regulations are not applicable. The Leader will need to make enquiries about the reputation and safety standards of the activity provider. Contact your International Adviser or Outdoor Activities Adviser, or email [email protected] for more guidance.

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