Tips for as­pir­ing paraglid­ers

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Un­der­stand the risks

Al­ways un­der­stand the risks of such an ex­treme sport be­fore de­cid­ing to take it up. Make sure you fly safe.

If you’re an avid paraglider, get­ting per­sonal out­door in­surance cov­er­age from a rep­utable in­surance com­pany would be your best bet. This would cover a num­ber of things, from loss of or dam­age to sports equip­ment, all the way to ac­ci­den­tal death.

Learn from the ex­perts

Learn to paraglide from a cer­ti­fied li­censed in­struc­tor. Here are some web­sites that can put you in touch with a re­li­able paraglid­ing in­struc­tor. > Malaysian Sports Avi­a­tion Fed­er­a­tion – www. msaf. gov. my > Mount­n­ear – www. mount­n­ear. com > Paraglid­ers – www. paraglid­ers. my

Never give up

Per­se­ver­ance and con­sis­tency are es­sen­tial. There are cer­tain set­backs that you will have to go through. Some­times, there is just no wind on the day that you want to fly.

You might be ready to take off on the hill but you might not be able to af­ter wait­ing the whole day. So, don’t give up and try again an­other day. As for con­sis­tency, prac­tice makes per­fect. So train as of­ten as you can.

Be pre­pared

Al­ways make sure you carry the proper gear. Make sure that the glider is in good fly­ing con­di­tion, and that there are no tears. Make sure that you have all the buck­les in good work­ing con­di­tion, and that the har­ness has a re­serve para­chute.

If you have the money, in­vest in a var­i­ome­ter, a de­vice which in­di­cates the rate of your climb and de­scent.

Don’t for­get to have fun

The best pi­lot is the one that never stops learn­ing and is al­ways en­joy­ing each mo­ment. Have pas­sion in the sport. There are dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences to be had in paraglid­ing.

For ex­am­ple, cer­tain fly­ing sites re­quire you to hike up a hill ( such as Kokol in Sabah), whereas other more es­tab­lished fly­ing sites pro­vide a four- wheel drive ride up the hill ( such as in Kuala Kubu Baru, Se­lan­gor).

Other than that, dif­fer­ent weather con­di­tions will re­quire dif­fer­ent skills in glider ma­noeu­vring, so be pre­pared to learn while you’re in the air!

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