If man were meant to fly, he'd have wings, a jet engine appendage, and a standard pair of FAA-approved aviator shades. Strap some wings on your back and subvert terra firma tyranny with today's Groupon: for $74, you get your choice of a tandem intro adventure flight (1,500 foot altitude, boat-towed), or an introductory discover hang gliding low tow lesson (each a $149 value) at Paradise Hang Gliding, Inc.. This Groupon includes a complimentary 30-day membership to the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.
The USHPA-certified instructors at Paradise Hang Gliding teach neophyte gliders to climb air mountains of 1,500 feet or higher. During the boat-towed tandem intro adventure flight, students take the pilot spot, while the flight pedagogue occupies the second harness. The state-of-the-art glider thrusts skyward from the gleaming Floridian coastal waters courtesy of a certified custom towboat, replete with all necessary safety equipment and an iceberg alert system. The instructor flies the glider, so that the student can enjoy the elevated vistas. Midway through the flight, students will briefly fly the winged craft before returning to Earth. During the low tow lesson, the student flies at an altitude of 5 feet for as far as two football fields, tantamount to sixteen regulation tee-ball fields. Educational and empowering, the scooter-towed low tow takes place in a special lightweight hang glider over ground. Equipment—including helmets and eye protection—and refreshments are all provided during your thrilling date with the sky.
Paradise Hang Gliding Inc.
After logging more than 1,000 hours of flying time, organizing six competitions, and gaining 34 years of experience, Scot Trueblood can safely be dubbed a hang-gliding devotee. His passion for flight is only matched by his enthusiasm to share the sky with others. That’s why he founded Paradise Hang Gliding Inc., which allows Scot to take novices for atmospheric tandem rides over the stunning waters of Florida Bay and the Straits of Florida.
As students soak up views of blue waters spread out beneath them, Scot teaches them the important aspects of operating a hang glider. He generally starts beginners off on the Wills Wing Condor 330, a glider with a lightweight frame and large wingspan. These attributes allow it to take off while moving at extremely slow speeds, ensuring a comfortable ride for hesitant newcomers or cowardly penguins.