One of the most amazing things you can do is to fly! A backpack containing a wing, harness and helmet allows you to soar up and away over the beautiful countryside until you reach thousands of feet and you find yourself surrounded by the white cumulus clouds! A paraglider allows you to explore the world from a dramatically different perspective. The journey begins with us so welcome onboard!
Before booking in you will need to purchase a voucher for a taster day or a course with us. If you would like to know availability for a certain date please email email@example.com, bear in mind that the weather may not always be suitable on your preferred date. Weekends tend to book up a week or so in advance, weekdays are usually more flexible.
Start times are dependent on the weather
We cannot accommodate late arrivals – Failure to arrive on time will forfeit your day.
We need at least 48 hours notice to cancel or amend your booking – Failure to do so or simply not turning up, will mean that you forfeit your day’s flying.
We are always keen to fly so the school is open 7 days a week (depending on the weather). A one day voucher is valid for 9 months (Christmas vouchers are valid for 6) so try and come as soon as you can. If you are unable to make your booking you need to let us know, please give us the minimum of 48 hours notice to cancel. In the case of a late cancellation you may lose your day.
On the day of your lesson we aim to give you an insight as to what the sport is about in a safe and fun environment. Depending on the weather conditions we will get you flying solo!
Every paraglider pilot must be a member of the British hang gliding and paragliding association (BHPA). Membership of the BHPA gives you third party insurance which is mandatory. The price of BHPA membership is included in one day vouchers and tandem flight vouchers. If you are on a course with is you can pay for BHPA membership when you sign in on your first lesson.
We are a British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) registered school. As such, we have limited professional liability insurance. If you require personal accident insurance (to include paragliding) please arrange this in advance or with us on the day of your booking. If you would like further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the BHPA website
When is the best time to go Paragliding in the UK?Fly Sussex2018-12-21T11:04:05+00:00
We fly all year round, summer, spring, autumn and even winter! We have stunning flights on our private sites throughout the year depending on the weather conditions. We fly an average of 160 days a year so you may need to book in a few times before you get suitable weather which is light winds and no rain.
You may be surprised to hear that autumn and winter can be the best time to train as we have less thermic activity and therefore smoother air which is ideal for your initial flights.
Are there any age limitations?Fly Sussex2018-06-19T10:21:15+00:00
We are able to teach students aged 16 and over. Depending on the size and aptitude of the individual, we can teach ages 16 to 18 but ask for them to be accompanied by an adult.
The upper age limit is 65, unless specifically agreed with our instructors prior to booking.
How high can you fly?Fly Sussex2017-07-17T14:02:44+00:00
When training, you will begin by just skimming the ground. As you progress and become more skilled and confident, you will gradually go higher and higher – under your instructor’s direction.
There are different sources of “lift” available to hang glider and paraglider pilots. The most common is “ridge lift”, which you use to soar on the uprising air from hills, cliffs etc. Average height gains using ridge lift are around 200ft.
The most useful form of lift is “thermal lift”. The skilled pilot utilises these pockets of warm, rising air in the same way that large birds such as eagles do. Using thermals, a pilot can reach heights of over 10,000ft in warmer countries such as France and Spain. In the UK, we have a cooler climate and, in the summer, heights of 3,000 to 6,000ft are the norm.
The height, or altitude, that you fly at is strictly controlled by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and learning to read air maps is a must for the advancing pilot. Cross country flying is restricted to pilots who have reached “Pilot” level. The levels are: Elementary Pilot (EPC), Club Pilot (CPC), Pilot and Advanced Pilot.
What if the weather is bad?Fly Sussex2016-10-18T12:54:25+00:00
This varies depending on the weather. We leave a voicemail message on our answerphone by 7.30pm each night with details of the next days flying. This includes the time to meet at our shop. Start times will vary depending on the weather conditions.
Can I bring spectators?Fly Sussex2018-12-21T12:00:47+00:00
Yes, no problem but bear in mind we’ll be heading out off road onto the downs which is not accessible by car. They will need to bring their own transport and park at the bottom of the hill and walk up. Spectators will need to be prepared to do some hiking to get to the flying sites (10-15 minutes).
We advise that all spectators come along when we meet at the shop as trying to find our private training sites on the Downs can be very tricky and people often get lost. We often move sites throughout the lesson as the wind direction changes so spectators are best to stick with us for the entire lesson.
All dogs must be well behaved and kept on a lead as there is livestock roaming on every flying site.
What should I bring?Fly Sussex2018-12-21T11:45:17+00:00
Packed lunch (there are no shops nearby so be prepared)
Supportive footwear (ie running trainers or hiking boots)
Sunhat & sunscreen
Sensible comfortable clothing that covers all your skin
Gloves (essential in winter)
Paperwork; voucher and booking form
Supportive footwear – shoes suitable for running up and down the hills on uneven ground. Running trainers or hiking boots are ideal. If you have weak ankles we recommend you fly with high top ankle boots for extra support. We have suitable footwear you can borrow but this is first come first serve so this is not guaranteed.
Comfortable clothing that covers all your skin – Ideally, long trousers and a long sleeved top to protect you from the sun and terrain. Leave those high heels and mini skirts at home and come prepared for a day of exercise. We have flying suits you can borrow on request, be warned they are retro!
In winter we recommend you wear many warm layers, good gloves and even a hat/balaclava. Ask to borrow one of our flying suits!
In summer expect to get hot so breathable clothing is best. A sunhat and sunscreen is essential on a summers day plus a minimum of 2l of water. Learning to paraglide is thirsty work!
Where do we meet?Fly Sussex2018-06-19T10:20:00+00:00