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Paragliding on the Isle of Wight

Paragliding on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight’s unique climate escapes the worst effects of low pressure which means there are more flyable days throughout the year. Regular summer sea-breezes provide smooth flying conditions that are essential for rapid and easy learning of basic paragliding skills. It's no wonder the Island has been the training ground for a number of top British pilots.

Taster Days & Lessons

Paragliding Isle of Wight

There are two paragliding schools on the Isle of Wight, both run by highly qualified professional instructors and offering a variety of courses.

Choose from 1-day paragliding taster through to full Student Pilot and Club Pilot training.

1 or 2-day tasters make a fantastic gift or group experience, giving a real taste of the thrills of this most simple form of free flight. Conditions allowing, students can expect to be soaring several feet off the ground within the first day, under the watchful eye and guidance of an experienced instructor.  

The Club Pilot qualification is your ticket to fly solo at any of the hundreds of club sites across the UK and across the world. Gaining a Club Pilot qualification takes time and dedication and some luck with mother nature, but once qualified, the sky is quite literally the limit!

Isle of Wight Paragliding Schools

High Adventure
The first UK school to teach paragliding in the late 80's, High Adventure are members of the BHPA and have 5 full dedicated instructors who teach to all levels.

High Adventure Paragliding School
Tel. 01983 741484

Butterfly Paragliding
Butterfly Paragliding are BHPA members and one of the oldest established paragliding schools in the UK offering friendly and professional tuition and coaching to all levels.

Butterfly Paragliding
The Terrace, Chale, Isle of Wight PO38 2HL
01983 731611

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Isle of Wight Paragliding sites

There are 15 flying sites within a 10 mile radius on the Island, which cater for all wind directions as well as a good variety of terrain with cliff sites, thermal ridges, a challenging 15km cliff run and the possibility of flying sea thermals as well as land based thermals.

Visiting pilots should contact the Isle of Wight Hang Gliding & Paragliding Club Club for up to date information on flying sites, local rules and weather conditions.

Isle of Wight Paragliding Club Sites:
Alum Bay | East Afton | Compton Whites | Compton Reds | Brighstone | Limerstone | Chillerton | Downcourt | Arreton | Luccombe | Yaverland | Culver | St. Catherine's | Atherfield | IoW Pearl

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