Early man's attempts at flying included sewing feathers onto his arms or trying to harpoon a passing comet. Learn to fly the new-fashioned way with this Groupon.
$89 for a Three-Hour Group Paragliding Lesson ($200 Value)
Fly Hawaii introduces gliders to the basics of flight, equipping them with all the materials necessary for a safe takeoff and landing in the luscious, rolling green hills of Oahu, Maui, or the Big Island. During the three-hour introductory course, a certified paragliding pilot with more than 1,500 hours of airtime teaches small groups of up to six students how to take off, soar through the air, and land. Participants learn to handle equipment while on the ground and—if the instructor deems them ready—take off and soar through the rolling hills. Lessons include all gear. Depending on the wind, customers will receive their lesson location when they call to make their reservation. Classes usually begin at 8 a.m. This lesson serves as the first day of a six-day certification clinic (not included with this Groupon) for students who wish to complete it.
USHPA– and American Paragliding Association–certified paragliding instructor and pilot Joachim Hagemann has been recertified three times, logging more than 1,500 hours of air time to keep his gliding school, Fly Hawaii, accident free for 32 years. Boasting clearance for cliff and cross-country takeoffs as well as for flying in turbulence, Joachim helps both beginning and advanced students spread their wings in various paragliding lessons. His excursions take paragliders soaring over island locales such as Mauna Kea, Pu'u Loa Crater, and Big Sur, avoiding ground-bound obstacles such as traffic cops and jealous ostriches. Joachim also supplies flight seekers with new and gently used paragliding gear.