For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which is why every time a human attempts to fly, a bird attempts to wear loafers and learn to drive a stick shift. Engage in one of the primary mandates of physics with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a tandem gliding flight for one from Vancouver Island Paragliding (a $185 value).
Owner and operator Jayson Biggins, a senior HPAC paragliding instructor and Level 2 tandem paragliding instructor, leads high-flying gliding tours and teaching sessions in the expansive skies of Canada and abroad. In a meeting prior to each tandem flight, instructors cover the basics of paragliding through launch and landing, briefing pupils on the logistics and topography of the glide-over area, as well as likely flight routes, in order to facilitate cohesive flock formation and efficient cloud writing. Following an equipment review, a student-instructor pair straps into provided harnesses and helmets, hooks into gliders, and spreads synthetic wings to prepare for hillside takeoff. Flyers discover their airborne capabilities and talent for conversing with passing falcons over 15 to 30 minutes or more of hang time, depending on weather conditions. While taste testing the air at a new altitude, instructors enable gliding guests to learn more about how their paraglider flies and snap bird's-eye photos.
Vancouver Island Paragliding provides transport to and from the to-be-determined, regulated launch site for the two-hour adventure. Like the success of a snowman festival held in June, paragliding is entirely dependant on the proper weather conditions, which cannot be determined until groups arrive at the launch site. In the event of inclement weather or rerouted dirigible races, guests may reschedule at their convenience. Participants must be able to jog up to 10 yards, weigh between 80 and 230 pounds, and not suffer from severe ankle, knee, or back problems.