Last week I got the great opportunity to go paragliding in Dorset with Andrew Pearse from Flying Frenzy Paragliding School. He has 25 years experience in paragliding and it was great learning about paragliding, thermals and techniques whilst in the air. Also I got the feeling there was a great community amongst all the paragliders, everybody we met was very friendly.
While my friends would be flying with him first, I would take photographs from the ground:
Once it was my turn, I had to leave my camera behind, but fortunately I was able to borrow a couple of gopros, one strapped to my helmet, the other one in my hand, but also fixed to my belt. It was the first time for me to use these little cameras, unfortunately I am not a videographer and I don’t have the time at the moment to edit or rather learn to edit the videos I got up there. But I took a few stills from the videos to show the view and maybe a bit of the feeling of paragliding:
It was definitely a great experience, it kind of reminded me of scuba diving, as I had the feeling to be in a complete different world and it actually felt quite calming, flying around and forgetting about everything else.
I hope to go paragliding again in the future and I would highly recommend to try it out yourself!