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Paragliding with Skyparafly in Tenerife: Interview - TENERIFE MAGAZINE

What is Skyparafly?

Experienced and qualified team of paragliding pilots, fully insured institution, flying attraction in Tenerife.

About a pilot Denis

How long have you been paragliding for? How did you start? And why?

I’ve been doing this for 14 years, started when I was 15 with my father who also flies. I’ve spent 5 years flying alone, then started tandem flights. I never lost the joy of flying because every flight is a new start.

Unlike para-motors, there is no distracting noise, no motor, no vibration, no other construction, it is all natural. You only hear the wind. It’s also comfortable and feels like sitting on a sofa at home.

Why choose paragliding while on holiday in Tenerife?

It is a truly interesting attraction, definitely worth trying for completely new sensations. Paragliding is the closest humans can get to the feeling of flying like a bird, gaining height in thermals; hot air waves. It is a fun, safe way to experience flight in its simplest form.

You simply lay out a wing on a 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 paraglide 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.

If it is safe, the client is offered to take over control and try steering. We also offer performing acrobatic flights for better sense of G force for those hungry for adrenaline.

Is it safe?

Yes, it is, and it is safe for all ages. We are a team of responsible pilots who perform no more than 3 flights a day so pilots don’t get tired. We care about our customers and their comfort. Paragliding is also safe for disabled people and children, we provide special seats for kids.

Landing is just like jumping of the chair, it does not require much effort at all. The scariest part is usually a take off, but once up in the air, people normally relax and once landed wish to fly again.

Our customers are fully instructed prior to the flight. There’s always a reserve parachute in case of emergency landing which is highly unlikely. Fear is a sense of precaution so it is absolutely normal to be afraid.

Be cautious of illegal, uninsured companies, who offer cheaper services. There are quite a few here in Tenerife. They offer launching from higher, but insecure hills for additional price, later adamantly selling videos and photos for a double price. So don’t be fooled by cheap low-quality services, as later you will end up paying more. Safety first.

What height is it possible to get up to?

Depending on weather conditions and the type of flight, it is possible to get up to around 1.5km.

How long does the flight take?

Standard flight from Taucho or Ifonce, takes about 20 minutes, Height Performance flight takes about 45 minutes, but overall it takes around 2 hours. A VIP flight from Izana at the Teide National Park takes longer and it usually depends on weather conditions. For VIP flight there should be at least two people flying, so be ready to provide 4-5 hours of your day.

How much does it cost?

You can find prices in our website www.skyparafly.com. We are about the quality. It’s always best to buy directly through the company you’ve researched rather than an excursion selling agency.

What is seen from above?

It depends, in good weather conditions you can see anything from Los Cristianos to Los Gigantes, beautiful Adeje gorges, hills, sister islands La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma.

Is it cold above? What should I wear?

Depends on a season, warm in summer, cooler in winter, jumper and sports shoes are advised. Not to worry if you forget a jacket, we will provide you with one.

 

Skyparafly pilots speak in Russian, Lithuanian, English, French and Spanish languages, so wherever you’re from, they will talk to you.

Visit their website www.skyparafly.com for more information.

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