All About Paragliding And Parasailing

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Joy Smit

Many people don’t know the difference between paragliding and parasailing. In fact, many claim that powered paragliding and parasailing are one and the same. This misconception is probably due to the fact that riders are both propelled into the air.

Parasailing

In parasailing, you need a motorized vehicle and a canopy to make you airborne. You can’t go parasailing alone, you will need an experienced and well-trained team to drive your vehicle and inflate your canopy.

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It is a common misconception that parasailing can only be done on water. Parasailing can be both done on the sea and on land.

The common method of parasailing is aquatic parasailing, which is done in bodies of water. This method has three types: winchboat, platform and beach. The simplest form of parasailing is the beach type, while the most complicated is winchboat, where a special type of boat called a winchboat is needed to aid your landing and liftoff. Platform parasailing, where you will ascend and descend on a platform, has waned in popularity because of some safety issues.

Terrestrial parasailing is usually done in deserts or probably in large areas of barren land. It is not safe to parasail on areas that are covered in trees and shrubs because you might get snagged on the branches of a tree during landing or liftoff. Jeeps are the usual vehicles of choice for this parasailing method because they are sturdier.

Powered Paragliding

PPG, short for Powered Paragliding, is actually very different from parasailing. In PPG, you don’t need a plane to drop you in the air or a boat or vehicle to hoist you up. An inflatable wing and a portable-backpack motor are just what you need to start powered paragliding. The motor will be the one to propel you into the air, while your inflatable wing will keep you airborne.

Major differences of parasailing and powered paragliding

The most blatant difference is that you can go solo in PPG, while parasailing is a team effort. The manner by which a person is lifted off also differs. You are propelled by a motorized backpack unit in PPG, while in parasailing, you are at the mercy of wind velocity, towrope length and vehicle speed.

You only need to listen to a few minutes of water safety lessons before you can go parasailing. The people who must undergo special safety training are the ones that will handle the equipment. However, in PPG, you need to attend at least five days of training to be able to enjoy a worry-free solo flight.

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