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Paragliding safety - Is paragliding safe at Bir Billing?

Updated: Oct 24, 2019

Is paragliding safe?

This question is very often asked by travellers to our pilots, and the best short answer is: paragliding is safe with us.

But let us probe more in-depth in this subject and give you a better insight into the safety of paragliding.

Safety in extreme sports

Paragliding is one of the extreme sports, and like all extreme sports, safety is of significant importance. Extreme sports attract adventurists, people seeking thrills, and who are always looking for ways to test their limits.

Although testing your limits makes you stronger, we have to remember why do limitations exist in the first place and use common sense.

Just as you do not sit in a car for the first time and immediately start driving, you should not hasten things while doing extreme activities.

Basically, paragliding is safe as long as you make it safe.

Any experienced instructor will tell you that the most important thing to keep in mind is not the wind speed or the air pressure, or if there is visibility or not. In fact, not any external factor, but the attitude of a man and his preparedness.

If you've never learned paragliding, there is always the option to fly in tandem with our experienced pilots. This is the safest solution, and our pilots take all measures to ensure your experience is nothing but remarkably high and with maximum safety.

Advancement in paragliding equipment

The equipment presently used for paragliding is much safer compared to the old times. These are designed to allow easy adjustments on the fly in case of any discomfort.

Most mistakes happen because of negligence, whether pilots do not check the equipment properly or badly evaluate weather conditions before the flight.

Paragliding statistics

Statistics say that annually, one out of 11,000 pilots met with an accident. If you compare this with regular car driving, where for every 10,000 drivers one person meets with an accident annually.

We can say that paragliding is safe as much as driving a car. Even when we compare with other "extreme" activities, data shows that horse riding is more dangerous than paragliding.

Adrenaline rush without danger

In paragliding, speed is not exciting. For people who like speed, there are other types of extreme aero sports (like gliding, speed flying). Paragliding is a relaxing sail in the breeze while enjoying the view.

However, if you want some more adrenaline, it is possible to perform stunts in the air. This will definitely speed up the heart rate and provide enough adrenaline for an experience that you will remember for a longer time.

Fear is a good

Paragliding is safe, i.e. as long as you learn from or you're with an experienced pilot. However, it happens that sometimes people don't pay attention or become too relaxed. So, if you want to have fun in the air, do not drop your guard just because everything is going evenly.

Keeping a positive dose of fear will keep you on your toes.

It is all up to the person

As I have already said, paragliding is safe until you keep it secure. Sometimes people like to do wild things. You might have seen those reckless drivers running the streets many times, that type of behaviour leads to accidents. Reckless testing of your limits is not a challenge, but a threat.

Make sure to check your equipment and assess weather conditions before the flight. Every action you undertake carries some risk; however, it is up to you to evaluate the situation and to act by it.

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