The harness is shaped like a rucksack, which, supported by a system of lines, protects the pilot against falling. The most important lines, providing stabilisation, are secured to the pilot's thighs and chest. Many paragliders have so-called Speed Bars (or 'accelerators'), which can be used to decrease the wing's angle of attack, thus increasing speed and allowing a faster descent. A reserve parachute can serve as an emergency measure to reduce speed. Combined equipment can be up to 20kg, but you can find versions that are as much as four times lighter.
Paraglider steering is based on the symmetrical deformation of the wing to change the forces applied to its halves. It can be achieved in one of two ways – by pulling the brakes or shifting your weight. By pulling the brake you lower one edge down and increase drag on that side. As a result, the paraglider turns towards that brake. When the pilot leans, the centre of the mass shifts, resulting in a turn corresponding to the lean. Controlling a hang glider is identical. Possible speeds range from 20 to over 60km/h.
Paragliding in tandem with experienced instructors is readily available in the Małopolska region. For those who crave solo experience, there are specialist paragliding courses. These involve general instruction on paragliders, and flying and safety principles, as well as practical training with learning how to launch and land. You will also have a chance to work on the skills necessary to prepare and inspect the equipment before the flight. In addition, the schools help to practice changes in flight speed, making turns, flying in circles, stabilising the wings, and adjusting the flight when pushed sideways by the wind. Paragliding is available near Szczawnica, Krościenko nad Dunajcem and Kluszkowce.
Adventure Sky Extreme Sport, www.adventure-sky.pl