Prepare For Hang Gliding Lessons
Now that you’ve bit the bullet and signed up, you need to know how to prepare for hang gliding lessons. Hang gliding is a sport that requires training if you want to be able to fly solo. Most hang gliding lessons will cover learning about the history of hang gliding, technique and theory of flight, equipment used, training methods, safety precautions and a possible tandem flight. The steps below will help you do your best when learning a new skill.
- Research. Read everything you can about hang gliding. Familiarize yourself with terms and types of equipment like harness, frame, flex and rigid wing. Chose the type of hang gliding you are most interested in learning—Dune flying, Mountain flying, Ridge Soaring, cross country and even ocean crossing are options. Join a hang gliding forum or blog to be better informed on the sport.
- Choose a Hang Gliding School or Instructor. Use the Internet or Yellow pages to find a licensed reputable school. The U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (http://www.ushpa.aero/) is a great resource for information and links to schools in your area. Ask questions such as how long has your school been in business and how long have the instructors been flying. You can also check out your chosen school or instructor with the better business bureau to make sure that no complaints have been filed against them.
- Be well rested. You can’t learn a new skill if you are too tired to concentrate. Make sure you get a good eight hours of sleep the night before your hang gliding lesson. Eat a light breakfast or lunch and take plenty of water with you.
- Arrive early for your hang gliding lesson. Make sure that you have the directions to the school and a good knowledge of where it is. Leave at least fifteen minutes early to compensate for traffic and arrive early to orient yourself.
- Proper attire. Wearing the right clothing will help you be comfortable and stay safe. Do not wear loose clothing, jewelry, and sandals or wear cologne. You may be flying tandem with your instructor and you don’t want them to have an allergy attack in the middle of the flight. Make sure you check with your school for their guidelines.
- Consider what you need to take with you for your first lesson. Do you need to purchase or rent equipment for your lesson? Do you need to bring a notebook for notes, food for lunch, photo id, etc... Don’t forget to take your payment for the hang gliding lesson if you haven’t already paid. Check with your instructor so you can be prepared.
- Follow the rules. Hang gliding can be a dangerous sport. Listen to your instructor and follow their guidelines for safety. Showing off is not well received when learning a new skill and may get you kicked out of the hang gliding lesson.
You are well on your way to experiencing your first hang gliding lesson and can feel proud of yourself for preparing well. Taking your time and using common sense are the best tips for succeeding in learning a new skill.