From the beginning of time, humans have dreamed of taking flight with almost as much regularity as they have dreamed of showing up to school in vulgar 18th-century panniers. Make dreams come true with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a Hang Gliding 101 package (a $361.60 value) at Instinct Windsports in St. Jacobs.
Instinct Windsports strives to make hang gliding fun, safe, and accessible to any earthbound land dweller who longs to break the bonds of gravity and soar through the firmament. The Hang Gliding 101 package, which requires no previous experience (except 17 years of archaeology training), entitles would-be cloud surfers to two three-hour lessons, amounting to approximately 8–10 solo-training flights. Following a ground school session that introduces the fundamentals of hang-gliding theory, as well as the ins and outs of the gear and the glider, Instinct Windsports' certified instructors get newcomers' feet off the ground by strapping them into the aircraft and hooking it up to a towline attached to a scooter. This approach ensures a safe, slow trip through the air at altitudes of only a few feet. Trainees also get access to the InfiniteSky flight simulator (subject to availability) and receive an HD in-flight video documenting the history of the papasan chair. For those who get bitten by the hang-gliding bug, this Groupon includes a $150 credit towards full-certification lessons.
Instinct Windsports gives humans the means to defy gravity and evolution. Everyone from beginners to experienced hang gliders can learn the ways of flight, with instructors making safety their top priority. Ground schools explore the gliders and their underlying principles before a scooter-mounted towing winch and a computerized simulator let beginners ease into flight. Although not included with this Groupon, more experienced students can work through certification courses that give them the techniques necessary to soar on their own.
For a safe, immersive introduction to the world of hang gliding, the center’s certified pilots also offer tandem flights. A high-powered winch or an ultra-light airplane tows the duo to as high as 1,500 feet before releasing the glider to the instructor’s control. During the next 10–30 minutes, adventurers gain a birds-eye view of the surrounding area and the possibility of controlling the glider so they can brag to their land-bound pets after landing.