The first parachute was invented when Jack, tumbling haplessly from his titanium beanstalk, used a purloined pair of giant underpants to steady his fall. Glide to earth safely with today's Groupon: for $79, you get one tandem paragliding jump and a keepsake helmet video at FlyBC Paragliding in Harrison Mills (a $200 value).
FlyBC charts a course of wing-worthy soaring for aerial enthusiasts of all experience levels. During the tandem paragliding jump, tandem instructors certified by the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada harness themselves to novice flyers, guiding them on a parachuted spree with opportunities for student steering and telepathic cloudbusting. Departing from FlyBC's headquarters at Eagle Ranch, up to eight participants are shuttled to the Mount Woodside launch point, from which they make their exhilarating leap into the troposphere. Airborne eyes take in lofty views of dense, piney slopes, craggy peaks, and the winding Harrison and Fraser Rivers before landing back at the unobstructed Eagle Ranch. Each student's helmet is outfitted with a video camera to record the flight, making a valuable keepsake for participants hoping to relive the glide from home or scan the footage for joyriding UFOs in need of a stern lecture. From shuttle to landing, the experience lasts about two hours.
To FlyBC Paragliding’s founder, Jim Reich, paragliding represents freedom. Not only does it free riders from the restrictions of gravity, it liberates them from the typical inconveniences of flight, such as expensive airplane fuel and restrictive air traffic regulations. Through Reich’s school, he now teaches newbies the sport, as well as other aerial arts such as hang gliding, paramotoring, and flapping your arms until you sort of levitate.
Reich and his instructors, all trained and certified by the Hanggliding and Paragliding Association of Canada, base their training and recreational flights out of a 25-acre training facility. Dubbed Eagle Ranch, the facility features an on-site hill and is nestled between two rivers. Beyond training, the school can outfit students in gear from brands such as Ozone, SkyCountry, and Gin, or lead them on paragliding trips that journey to scenic locales in Mexico.
1253 Kilby Rd.
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