launch at Valle de Bravo, Mexico powered paraglider launching from Evergreen Turf farms

SOUTHWEST AIRSPORTS

paragliding training center

Physical and Mental Requirements

Physical Requirements

  1. AGE: Minimum age required to train is 18.  Maximum age is 70.  However, if you are 46 or older, we may require your health professional to approve your participation in our training program.  Under special circumstances, we may allow students younger than 18 and older than 70 to train.
  2. ABILITY TO RUN: You must be able to run at least (30) yards in (6) seconds or less.  If this is not possible, train for wheeled powered paragliding.
  3. ABILITY TO ENDURE A MODEST FALL:  You must be able to jump from a 3' ladder and land safely.  Part of your training includes learning how to fall without injury.
  4. WEIGHT: Student pilot weight minimum is 105 lb  Maximum weight is 200 lb (190 lb for tandem flights).  If you are overweight for your height and build by more than 20%, THIS SPORT IS NOT FOR YOU.  Many of those wishing to train have lost the weight necessary.  Being overweight greatly increases your risk of injury or death while flying a paraglider.  If you are unusually tall, we can make an exception to the upper weight limit.
  5. VISION: Your long distance vision must be good.  You must be able to see clearly where you are going while flying.  If you need glasses, be sure to have sports-type eyewear, such as "Rec-Specs", that will not accidently fall off while flying.
  6. LEFT-RIGHT DETERMINATION: If you have difficulty determining which is your right or left, have someone drill you and see whether you can train yourself to instantly recognize which side is which.  Getting your right or left hand confused can be EXTREMELY dangerous while paragliding.

Mental Requirements

Mental stability while paragliding is of critical importance.  Paragliding is not the place to see how you do mentally.  A pilot must never lose self-control, panic, or become disoriented.  Maintaining mental stability is essential for engaging in any activity like paragliding or hang gliding where panic or anything similar can lead to injury or death.

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