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Tandem paragliding

We offer an amazing tandem flights for everyone who want to see the world from a bird’s eye view.

Flying a paragliding tandem flight as a passenger is the most accessible way to experience the joy of paragliding without committing to a course or having a pilot license.

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There are more or less no requirements on the passenger, so you can enjoy the stunning views around you or pay full attention to your camera. Just before take off you receive short induction and safety instruction from our experienced pilots. You will also learn how the paraglider launches, steers and lands. The flight can be an easy and smooth or a proper roller coaster with acrobatic bits. You choose. Lots of our passengers decide to extend their basic flights to thermal flight while airborne. That’s not a problem, but is at extra cost.

If the conditions are good you will get the chance to fly the paraglider yourself! Unfortunately we live on planet Earth, so good weather can not be guaranteed. We will stay in touch to keep you informed about the last weather updates and plans.

We have experienced tandem pilots, who have flown thousands of tandem flights. They will never commence flight operations unless they are sure that conditions are safe to do so. We operate our tandem flights in the beautiful Southdowns and on our trips and PG holidays worldwide.

A tandem paragliding flight is a fantastic and unusual gift or present, so you can buy a gift voucher to please your relatives, girlfriend or perhaps your boss. Vouchers are valid for 12 months, so the recipient can book in when they have their free time. Please note, our maximum passenger weight limit is 120kg. We provide you with the passenger personal and third party insurance and we only use the latest certified equipment.

Our offer of Tandem paragliding flights

Basic tandem flight

An easygoing panorama 20 – 30 minutes flight. Calm soaring and relaxed thermals make you feel very comfortable. This flight is perfect for really scared ones. After the flight all passengers are genuinely pleased and excited.

Cross Country tandem flight

On this type of flight we try to fly as far as possible, normally 10-25 km and the flight last about 30 – 50 minutes (depends on the conditions). As we cover a certain distance and use all available thermals you will get a real feeling in flying like a bird!

Acro tandem flight

This adrenaline flight is for people who love an action. 5-15 minutes acro flight consist of wingovers and deep spiral where we descend in speed up to 15m/s. Lots of truly excitement and fun guaranteed!

Prices and booking

We will tailor the 20-30 minute flight for you, so if you want an introduction to aerobatic flying, this will be included at no extra charge. We also include your £15 BHPA membership, so there are no hidden extras on the day.

Standard voucher

£140 per person



Special rates

Group bookings (2 or more people) – £115 per person



Students (Monday to Friday only) – £105



Is it a gift? Just email us after buying your voucher with the name of the person who it’s for and we’ll personalise the voucher to them.

Contact us for discount rates for group student bookings

Tel.: Owen Latham 07787 172 093

If you want a longer flight or you’re already a qualified pilot who wants to improve your skills, contact us to discuss rates.

Flyability – having a disability doesn’t need to stop you flying. And people with disabilities may be able to get their flight sponsored. Contact Flyability for more details.

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PGBase is acting only as an agent and held no responsibility for safety and the tandem flights themselves.

What to bring

  • A study pair of boots
  • A suitable clothing
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Snack and drink

 

When you book

We’ll email you your voucher which is valid for a whole year. When you’re ready, just call us to book your experience. But don’t leave it until the last minute! Remember paragliding is weather dependent, so you may need to try more than once.

The night before

Call us the night before your booking to check the weather for the next day and confirm if we’re able to go ahead. We’ll also confirm where we’re meeting as the site depends on the wind and weather.

Tel.: Owen Latham 07787 172 093

On the day

Bring some warmer clothes as it will be colder up in the air than it is on the ground. You’ll need good boots. You may also want to bring some snacks or drinks with you as you may be waiting for a while until the conditions get just right.

On the site, we’ll fit you with a helmet and harness and show you everything you need to do.

When the conditions are right, which depends on the day, we’ll have the flight. Remember to talk to your pilot about what you want from the flight – a gentle float about, or the chance to experience acrobatic flight. You can even have a go at flying the glider yourself if you want to!!

Afterwards

You’ll be able to buy a DVD of your flight. We’ll tell you more about this on the day.

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FAQ

Q: Who can do it?

A: Flying is for everyone! Our oldest passenger so far was nearly 100 years old! Anyone under 18 needs written parental consent.

Q: How fit do I need to be?

A: You just need to be able to take a few steps on take-off and landing, and spend the rest of the time sitting comfortably in the harness. We can accommodate most people’s needs, so if you have any concerns, just contact us first.

The BHPA (British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) operate a flyability scheme that subsidises people with various disabilities. I fully support this scheme and if possible will fly people with disabilities. Please ring and have a chat to find out more.

Q: Is it dangerous?

A: Yes. There is an element of risk but done correctly the risks are lower than that of horse riding, skipping or even crossing the road. Our pilots have worked all over the world flying tandems and have made thousands of flights. Your safety is our first priority.

Q: I’m scared of heights. Does that mean I can’t paraglide?

A: No. A lot of pilots claim to be scared of heights. For most people, the moment we are airborne, fear and anxiety vanish.

Q: Some schools charge less than you. Why?

A: We guarantee a 20 minute flight, but it is often more. We also offer good discounts for students or groups. Contact us if you want to know more.

Q: How long does it take?

A: We guarantee at least 20 minutes flying time although it is usually more like half an hour depending on the conditions and number of bookings. I recommend you set aside at least half a day so we can wait for the conditions to be just right. Also one of the sites requires a gentle half hour walk to the launch.

Q: Where do you usually fly?

A: All our flying sites are in East Sussex between Devil’s Dyke, just north of Brighton in the west of the county to Beachy Head which is right beside Eastbourne. The site we fly is determined by the wind direction and strength.

Q: Why should I choose you?

A: Check out some of the videos and photos of the people we’ve flown – they speak for themselves! All our professional pilots do is tandems, flying all over the world. It is YOUR day. You won’t find yourself being juggled to fit into the schedule of a school that is trying to teach students who are learning to fly themselves. We honestly believe we offer a better and more fun experience than the other operators!

 

Terms & Conditions

  • Your voucher is valid for one year from the purchase date and secures a flight of at least 20 minutes.
  • You must contact us to book the date of your flight.
  • You must then ring the evening before to check whether weather conditions are suitable.
  • Paragliding is weather dependent. We need the right conditions to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable flight. If the conditions are not suitable, your flight will be rescheduled.
  • Cancellations less than 48 hours before the day will incur a £30 penalty and failure to turn up on the day of the flight invalidates your voucher.
  • Although vouchers are only valid for 12 months if reasonable attempt has been made, voucher life may be extended at our discretion.
  • It is possible to call on any given day but be aware that priority is given to people who have booked in advance.
  • All tandem passengers must be day members of the BHPA. This costs £15 and is included in the cost of the voucher.
  • Students must bring their student card with them on the day.
  • For group bookings, all participants must be available at the same time