Though children are taught to reach for the sky, in time it becomes apparent that jumping out of the sky is more practical. Make a realistic choice with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a video-recorded tandem paragliding jump from FlyBC Paragliding in Harrison Mills (up to a $200 value). The jump includes:
- Flight with a GoPro helmet camera (up to a $150 value)
- DVD of the experience (a $50 value)<p>
FlyBC Paragliding’s HPAC-certified aerial instructors teach proteges how to surf air currents during tandem paragliding excursions lasting up to two hours. Groups depart from Eagle Ranch to scale the peaks of Mount Woodside, where guides show their flyers how to strap in, prepare for takeoff, and spread their wings like newborn fighter jets. Students learn to control their engineless craft under the tutelage of their tandem instructor as the pairs soar and circle over the Harrison and Fraser Rivers. GoPro helmet cameras atop participants’ heads record the flight as they catch each thermal and outmanoeuvre local birds or enemy squadrons of paper airplanes. Upon returning to the ground, students depart with a Mac- and PC-compatible DVD recording of their experience.
Excursions of up to eight participants depart up to 10 times a day, usually leaving around noon when thermals are at their best and storm clouds are at their sleepiest. Guides supply paragliders along with helmets, harnesses, and other required safety gear. No prior experience is required, but for those interested in continuing an aerial conquest, FlyBC Paragliding also offers other airsports training such as ozone-gliding flights.
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.
Harrison Mills, British Columbia V0M 1L0