TANDEM PARAGLIDING CAPE TOWN

Tandem Paragliding in Cape Town is fun and addictive. Join us for a tandem paragliding flight in Cape Town seeing all the great sights from the air, fly from Lions Head and land on the field in front of The Bungalow, between Camps Bay and Clifton beaches or over Sea Point from Signal Hill landing on the famous Sea Point Promenade next to the beautiful atlantic ocean.

Or whale watch while paragliding in Hermanus. Paraglide inland from Sir Lowry’s Pass or Porterville enjoying a cross country flying experience. Lets fly!  Book a flight with us.

All tandem pilots are highly experienced Tandem Flight Instructors (TFI) certified by the South African Association of Paragliding (SAHPA).

We have Tandem paragliding sites all around the Cape, we launch from Lions Head, Signal Hill, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Porterville and Hermanus.

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We also offer paragliding courses are conducted in Cape Town, Hermanus and Wilderness.

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Meet the Team

JacquesduPlessis

Jacques du Plessis
Flying since 2000
Nationality: South African
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Jean

Jean van Niekerk
Flying since 2007
Nationality: South African

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Thinking Of Paragliidng?

That sounds like fun! How adventurous! I’m envious, I’ve always wanted to go for a tandem paragliding flight! Wow! Cape Town is beautiful. We really do live in a beautiful city. If you were wondering that’s the response from my family when I showed them the photos I got from Icarus Paragliding . It’s dangerous! Are you crazy? No thank you, I’m happy with my feet on the ground. How safe is paragliding? (Guess I can’t say their reaction was the same as when I told them I wanted to start paragliding myself).

After a long time of thinking I came to the conclusion that everything in life we do can be dangerous. You can injure yourself doing many normal day to day activities so why not do something that does have  risk factors but at the same time can give you the feeling of excitement in life by stepping over the edge, your heart racing, your blood pumping through your veins and that feeling of I’m alive, I’m living and not just existing.

Being in my early twenties, living on my own I thought to myself how on earth am I going to afford to do a basic paragliding course to obtain a license and buy my own equipment?
After some research I found that if I do my basic paragliding course with Icarus Paragliding they will supply me with the paragliding wing, the harness (that’s the seat that you sit in while flying), a helmet (head protection is important) and a radio (where you are under constant guidance by the instructor) giving me time to save up to buy my own gear. Then what I found out which was really cool and would make it more affordable for me is that there is second hand gear that one can buy that’s in really good condition, that will cost half the price and still take you on many paragliding adventures if you didn’t want to buy a brand new paragliding kit.

To be fully equipped and safe you need a paragliding wing, a reserve (that’s your back up parachute), a harness, a helmet and a radio. Shoes with ankle support is not a necessity but a good idea to have, I’d say. I also came across this gadget that you can use while paragliding called a vario. A variometer is a flight instrument that provides you with your:
•Altitude and Climb/Sink Indication – Altitude is a distance measurement usually in the vertical direction. It is commonly used to determine the height above sea level or ground level of a location. The rate you increase in altitude is referred to as the climb rate and the rate you decrease in altitude is referred to as the sink rate.
•Ground Speed – is the speed you move over the ground
•Wind Direction and Speed – Wind direction is the direction the wind is blowing from, it is not the direction the wind is blowing towards. Wind speed is the rate at which air is moving in a particular area. Wind speed changes in altitude as well as when faced with obstacles.
It’s a really cool instrument but not needed. You would only need a vario later on in your paragliding adventure when you start flying longer distances and want to compete in competitions.

During my research I found out that paragliding is the cheapest form of aviation. The initial set up can be pricey but it’s definitely a manageable price to pay to do something that makes you feel alive, has a positive effect on your life, makes you look at life differently, takes you to new places you would never have seen, constantly bringing new adventure into your life.

I’m nervous, scared and excited about the new challenges that await me next week with my paragliding training. Will I conquer it?

-Icaria

 

 

Paragliding accident in Cape Town

Sadly there was a paragliding accident in Cape Town on Monday. The Cape Times reported “Tandem paraglider crashes into concrete wall” they also incorrectly state “Icarus Tandem Paragliding the company involved, said yesterday they would not be making a statement on the incident”. We have asked The Cape Times to publish a retraction. Regardless of which […]

Downhill Adventures goes Paragliding

The lovely French Girlz from Downhill Adventures shared the sky with Icarus Paragliding. “Thank you very much for letting us fly yesterday! it was really exceptional ! Please find in the attachment the Best pictures of us with the amazing Carlos in the Air. :D”

Paragliding in Cape Town

Join us tandem paragliding in Cape Town, Table Mountain is magical from the air. Be adventurous book your tandem paragliding flight today, Icarus Paragliding would love to share the sky with you.