For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which is why every time a human attempts to fly, a bird attempts to drive a stick shift. Engage in one of the primary mandates of physics with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a half-day introductory paragliding class from River Valley Paragliding (a $400 value). Powered-flight lessons take off from the Arkoma, Oklahoma, river bottoms, and unpowered flights take off from Mount Nebo in Russellville, Arkansas, or Heavener Mountain in Heavener, Oklahoma.
Certified instructor Britton Shaw channels more than 1,700 hours of aerial experience and tenure in the Air National Guard to guide parachute-wearing pupils at River Valley Paragliding. Paragliding pairs take off for powered tandem flights from the open-air sod farms of the Arkoma river bottoms, employing a large, back-mounted fan to provide lift and a cool breeze for sweaty geese migrating south. Unpowered flights begin on nearby Heavener Mountain and Mount Nebo, relying only on air currents for aerial lift.
During the half-day, one-on-one lesson, students will learn about the equipment that makes sky sailing possible and will be able to survey the Arkansas River Valley and Ouachita National Forest from above. Those looking to become frequent fliers can apply the cost of their Groupon toward a full-certification course.
River Valley Paragliding
After a 20-year career in the air national guard, Britton Shaw still couldn’t get enough of the sky. So, he founded River Valley Paragliding to share his passion with new students. Whether soaring over local river bottoms or catching gusts of wind from atop Heavener Mountain, he performs and oversees solo and tandem flights, giving his charges hands-on experience in the air.