What is tandem paragliding?
Paragliding is a sport that gives you a sense freedom, euphoria and exhilaration. We launch from a hill or cliff and search for rising currents of air just like hang gliders do. Once in the air, we have freedom in deciding where we want to go, what kind of experience we want to have, and what we might want to see! The experience usually lasts 30+ minutes, but we're not counting. Unlike skydiving or BASE jumping, there is no leap of faith. We become airborne only the paraglider is fully open.
How much does it cost?
The total cost of the experience is $198. We only collect a $50 deposit ahead of time. You pay the remaining balance after your flight.
Is it safe?
Absolutely! Just like flying on an airplane, paragliding can be very safe. Because of higher pilot and equipment standards, tandem paragliding is even safer. We are extremely picky as to what tandem instructors we allow to work for us. Aside from that, all our gear is tested and certified by an independent third party organization and is maintained and inspected as per manufacturer specifications.
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Can we fly together at the same time?
For groups of 4 or more, we can almost always guarantee that multiple people can be in the air at the same time. Occasionally, we'll surprise smaller groups! On the other hand, sometimes wind conditions combined with weight combinations (pilot and student) only allow for one person to fly at a time.
Where will we fly?
Elite Paragliding operates in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our primary launching site is just South of San Francisco. It's 15-20 minutes from the city. When weather doesn't allow us to fly in San Francisco, we fly 30 minutes from the Bay Bridge in the East Bay. Your booking confirmation email will give you a specific meetup addresses. We will also text you the address the day before your flight.
I'm big/short/thin/old/disabled, can I still fly?
In most cases, yes! Our instructors can accommodate just about anyone for a flight, regardless of your condition. As long as you're between 70 lbs (32 kg) and 240 lbs (109 kg), we can fly you. If you’re above that weight, call us.
If you have a special medical condition or think you might need extra attention, give us a call at 1-650-735-2359.
I'm still not sure this is for me.
Hellen Keller once said "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." We encourage you to get a taste of the freedom, peace, and euphoria that paragliding offers. Our mom's have flown with us! If our moms can do it, so can you. It's normal to be nervous before your flight. Hardly anyone is ever nervous once they get in the air.