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5 Paragliding Takeoff Habits That Can Save Your Life
By: Fly Cape Town
For a lot of people, paragliding is often considered a dangerous and unsafe activity. And although there is a certain level of risk, when you put in the work, take the precautions and build some important habits, not only is paragliding extremely safe, but it is also one of those adventures that once started, you will not be able to stop.
Building the right habits that can save your life.
Developing Good Habits can be challenging, and breaking bad habits, especially bad paragliding habits, can be even harder to break. This is why developing a good habit as early into your Paragliding journey as possible is vital to making each flight safe and fun.
We put together this guide of our favourite paragliding takeoff practices to help you take to the air the safe way.
1. Know your Forecast
You can avoid many serious pitfalls by checking the weather forecast ahead of time and studying the actual wind conditions on your planned route. Remember: good safety habits and paragliding equipment inspection can only go so far against erratic wind gusts and dangerous thermals.
2. Double-Check the Harness
Many accidents happen due to the pilot's inability to fully enter the paragliding harness during takeoff. That is why it is so important to always double-check your harness.
3. Try a Test Inflation
One fail-safe way to prepare a launch is to do test inflation lifting the wing without launching fully to test the air and turbulence.
4. Test your Reserve
One good tip is to test your reserve handle before you even get in the harness. Be sure and double-check the pins also.
5. Devise an Exit Plan
Launching is optional, but landing is mandatory. That means studying the landscape around your launch point and memorizing the best places to make a sudden landing, i.e. spots with minimal structure and maximum clearance.
Contact Fly Cape Town today
For more information on any of our paragliding habits or to book your next paragliding session, Please feel free to contact us at Fly Cape Town and we will be glad to set you up for a once in the lifetime experience.
The Fly Cape Town team are a group of highly experienced Tandem Paragliding Flight Instructors who can provide you with the best paragliding Cape Town has to offer. Come and experience the joy of a tandem paragliding flight in the beauty of Cape Town.
Contact us at https://flycapetown.co.za/
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