If you wish to fly, truly fly… and believe in realizing your dreams… if you really wish to challenge yourself and long to taste the freedom of your spirit… if you desire an intimacy with nature and if the vastness of the open blue sky fascinates you, the winds and the birds and clouds in all their splendour please you and also if you are a traveller at heart, a seeker and life’s friend at large, longing for new friendships and laughter, sharing the joys of love and light then… Paragliding is for you
Imagine – standing on top of a hill, overlooking the valley, wondering what it would be like to FLY. Well, get ready to fulfil man’s oldest dream of free flying. Now you can experience the joy of personal, foot-launched flight in its purest form – on a paraglider!
Paragliding is the closest humans can get to the feeling of flying like a bird. It is a fun, safe way to experience flight in its simplest form. You simply lay out a wing on a hillside or mountain, inflate it over your head like a kite, run a few steps and before you know it you’ve stepped off into the sky! Once in the air, a pilot is able to maintain and even gain altitude using lifting air currents and thermals. Landing a paraglider is extremely easy. A pilot simply steers it into the landing area and glides down for a very gentle touch down back on to earth.
Paragliding is a gift of wings, a lifelong dream come true, a taste of the freedom of your spirit, an essence of pure flight, and countless beautiful different things to different people. Especially those who have experienced the indescribable sensations of floating like a bird over a pristine countryside.
No wonder paragliding has stirred up such passion worldwide that it is one of the most popular ways to fly today.
Warning – Addictive Sport. Just a little warning so you know what you’re letting yourself into flying is addictive, its an inexhaustible romance with your free spirit. Just about anyone can learn to paraglide. Training classes are not very strenuous, and it doesn’t take any unusual strength or skill to learn to fly. In fact, it requires about the same effort as you need to learn driving or cycling. But the pleasure of flying is to be
Paragliding is more about finesse than fitness. More about skill than strength which is why women often do much better than men because they don’t try to fight the paraglider around. More important than physical conditioning, is being physically and mentally alert and prepared. To be a successful paragliding student and pilot, you need to be able to think clearly and to listen well.
What you also need is ‘time’. You might have a strong inclination to fly but to commit time to it is essential, and then the returns you get are phenomenal. To begin with, the ‘Introductory course’ will take 3 days, a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Paragliders are an advanced evolutionary aircraft that can go places and do things, unlike any other vehicle. The entire paragliding set (wing, harness, helmet) up weighs less than fifteen kilos and easily fits into a backpack.
It is easy to transport, easy to launch, and easy to land. The paraglider itself is constructed of rip-stop nylon from which the pilot is suspended by sturdy Kevlar/Dyneema lines. All paragliders are shocked and load tested for safety. The pilot is seated in the harness and connected to the glider in a sitting position. The pilot can choose the sitting inclination for maximum comfort as desired.
Paragliders are classified depending on the weight of the pilot and the level of proficiency. There are training gliders (basic) for beginners, intermediate gliders for club level pilots for soaring and fun flying and advanced gliders for competition level flying.
Paragliding is an outdoor sport in which you are trying to harmonize with the forces of nature. Like any other adventure sport, it is exciting because of that little element of risk but no more than climbing or swimming. Personal judgment and attitude are of fundamental importance. Gain pilot attitude, obey instructions and use of safety equipment. If these conditions are met, the slow speeds and inherent stability of paragliders can provide a safe and exhilarating way to experience the realization of mankind’s oldest and greatest
Paragliding is as safe as the pilot in command. It is as safe as you want it to be. We as a training school, strive to cultivate an ATTITUDE of safety and encourage all our pilots to never stop learning.
You start by booking for an Introductory Course designed to give you a taste of solo flying. You start your training on the flat ground, learning about the paraglider and basic controls. You then move to a nursery slope to practice takeoff and landing techniques and finally do your solo flight. All flying is with radio supervision.
To book the course, please send us the online booking form and you will receive the course details from us immediately. An advance booking would be appreciated as we have a limited group size to maintain a good instructor to student ratio.
After your introductory course, when you want to continue with paragliding, the next step is to sign up for a Novice Certification Course. Here you learn the art of soaring to enjoy longer flights.
Distance between Pune to Mumbai by Road is 146 Kms.
Distance between Pune to Mumbai by Flight is 120 Kms.
Travel Time from Pune to Mumbai by Road is 1:45 hrs.
Nearest Airport in Pune
Pune International Airport (18.52, 73.86)
Templepilots are the founders & pioneers of Paragliding in Kamshet. Templepilots is a Registered School No.09 with APPI International (Association of Paragliding Pilots & Instructors) based in Switzerland. Templepilots is also a 5 Star Rated School & Club by APPI. The CFI is a Certified Master Instructor, the only one in India and we have a huge team of 12 Instructors many of who are Qualified & Licensed. Know more.
Paragliding is very unlike Parasailing. Paragliding is about flying, where a Paraglider like any sport aircraft can travel long distances like hundreds of kilometres and stay airborne for several hours. However, Parasailing uses a round canopy, is always tied up with a vehicle (jeep or a boat) and depends on the vehicle for its flight. These flights are of a very short duration lasting a few minutes only. Watch here
APPI License is Paragliding Certification Card that is proof that you’ve successfully completed your APPI training.
Yes Insurance is mandatory for enrolling the course, you will need personal Adventure Insurance that specifically covers Paragliding for the days you are enrolled for course. Recently, the Government of Maharashtra, Ministry of Tourism has made this a mandatory requirement for all participants in Paragliding & all other adventure activities.
Physical fitness :
Paragliding is an adventure aviation sport, You need to be reasonably fit and active to learn Paragliding. A moderate level of fitness is enough , you should be able to run well for short distances for around 5-15 meters on take-off and landing & be able to climb up shallow & gentle hills to the takeoff point with the equipment (12-15 kg rucksack)
You should not have any of following medical condition such as major surgeries done recently, recent fractures, epilepsy, high blood pressure, asthma, a heart condition, osteoporosis.
Note : Physical fitness certificate (Self) & Doctors Medical certificate is mandatory for enrolling the course.
Mental Fitness :
Do not see paragliding as an escape from your life stress & situations. To learn to fly, you need to be at your best. You need to be in a happy, healthy & a curious state of mind to learn the art of flying.
Yes, you can certainly split your 20 days Course. However, continuity is always recommended in a sport like Paragliding & long gaps are never recommended. Know more about 20 Day Course
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Planning to do it for the first time just to experience it or retrying it for more fun. It is always suggested to wear sturdy and tight sports shoes . Though the chances of anything going wrong while learning is very less to nothing but considering sport paragliding is, takeoffs and landings can be rough sometime so it is better to be safe than sorry. Secondly, not all the take offs (flying sites) are drivable. So you might need to to hike a little till you reach the takeoff point. Good shoes would be helpful there too. Also loosing a footwear mid-flight in mountains below is embarrassing 🙂 don’t forget to tie those shoe laces tight. Remember the right paragliding shoes cannot eliminate the risk of injury, but can minimise the risk in the ankle area. Read More (Sample Shoes Images)