What's paragliding? It’s one of the rawest and most pure forms of flight. It involves the use of a paraglider, where the pilot sits in a harness which is suspended by a large, twisted fabric wing. There's no engine, pilots launch by running and obtaining lift. The curve in the wing enables a skilled pilot to glide over long distances and to climb to high altitudes. Steering is conducted by pulling handles which are located beside each shoulder.

Paragliding is one of the simplest forms of flight and easiest to get involved in. It’s a popular hobby for those who not only enjoy the skill and thrill of flight, but also enjoy the outside and the amazing overhead views.

 Still, like other forms of flight, paragliding takes time to learn and master. There are troubles involved and loss of control, sudden weather change, or mishandled outfit can affect death.

What are the Types of Paragliding?

There are different forms of competitive paragliding, to suit those with different interests and abilities. Most fall into three main categories: cross-country flying, aerobic paragliding competitions, and hike and fly paragliding competitions. 


Soaring is performed by using wind which is guided up by a large object like a mountain, cliff, ridge or large sand- dune. A constant and suitable position of wind is needed to do this.However, the paraglider wo n’t make a clean takeoff, If there’s not enough wind.However, the paraglider can be blown back over the pitch, If there's too much wind. 

Thermal Flying

Thermal flying leverages the thermals which rise through the air from objects similar as rocks which have been warmed in the sun. When pilots find a thermal, they will use a varioaltimeter or fly in a circle, to find the strongest part of the core of the thermal where the air is rising briskly.

Cross-Country Flying

Cross-country paragliding involves gliding from one thermal to the coming. Paragliders will glide towards land features which could generate thermals or look for cumulus shadows to fly under, as these are usually found at the top of a warm air thermal.


Paragliding got its launch in the 1960s, when Domina Jalbert invented a special kind of rectangular chute called a parafoil, which is how paragliding got its name. The parafoil was broken up into cells that allowed the wind to pass through and carry someone a long- distance allowing a glide. It was formalized as a sport after 1978 when three friends in France took off from a mountain and captured popular interest. Paragliding continued to grow in popularity, spreading throughout Europe and to the United States till there were a number of competitions taking root in the 90s.