Right of Way Rules for Paraglider Pilots in The Bay Area

When we're paragliding here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we're hardly ever alone. On a busy day at Mussel Rock there can be as many as 40 other paragliders in the air. To keep yourself and others safe, it's important to follow right of way rules. This article is applicable for pilots flying in the Bay Area and anywhere else in the United States. In other countries, there may be slight variations to the rules.

Why Paragliding With Us is Safe

Lets be honest. As adventurous and exciting as it may look to go paragliding in San Francisco with us, there's probably a part of you asking whether it's safe or not. After all, you'll be hanging under a piece of nylon by a bunch of strings. This is a reasonable concern and we'd like to explain exactly why you're not going to fall out of the sky. In a nutshell, we use certified equipment, our tandem instructor's meet a certain level of training and exhibit good judgement…

Video: Thrilling Paragliding Flight (San Francisco)

When we take people tandem paragliding in the Bay Area who have never flown before, we're usually told that the experience is more peaceful and relaxing than they were expecting. This is absolutely correct. The views from 20 to 1,000 feet over the ground are spectacular and the ride is generally smooth. You're able to feel where there is rising air and we'll explain why it's there and how to find it. If we're in a safe position, we'll even allow you the option to fly the paraglider yourself!

Hiking in the Bay Area - When You're Not Paragliding

We've learned that students usually come out for their tandem paragliding flights in groups. We're lucky enough to be able to take two people flying at the same time because we have multiple tandem qualified instructors available. Having said that, there are times when you may have to wait because of weather or larger groups. Because of this, we'd like to share some of the trails you can explore if you have to wait a bit to fly. There's some gorgeous hiking in the bay area and we're lucky enough to fly near places where you can experience some of that…