First Time Paragliding: Tips and Tricks for a Safe and Memorable Flight


This was our first time paragliding. I have to admit, it was bribery.

One of the best ways I’ve found to get my tweens/teens into long distance hiking is bribery.

Yes, you heard me right. Bribes.

And it totally works. Hot cocoa with fresh whipped cream to hike to the top of the mountain…a paragliding trip after a 3 day hut to hut hike….

Because we all need ammo to entice the reluctant into the hiking lifestyle.  A little sugar (like paragliding) will hook them into the best activity for lifelong health and happiness. 

first time paragliding
Sage paragliding even though it’s scary as hell

First time paragliding Summary

So, you’ve decided to take the leap and try paragliding for the first time. Congratulations! You’re about to experience one of the most thrilling adventures of your life. But wait, hold on tight! Before you get all giddy with excitement, let’s go through some important tips for your first-time paragliding experience.

Firstly, make sure you choose a reputable paragliding school or instructor. Don’t be shy to ask around for recommendations or check online reviews. Safety should always come first, especially when you’re hundreds of feet up in the air!

Secondly, dress appropriately for the weather. You don’t want to be freezing or sweating excessively during your flight. Layers are your friend here. Also, don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes with good grip.

Thirdly, listen to your instructor carefully. They will give you instructions on how to take off, land, and maneuver the paraglider. Pay attention and ask questions if you’re unsure about anything.

Lastly, take a deep breath and enjoy the ride! It’s okay to feel nervous, but remember that paragliding is a safe and exhilarating activity when done correctly. Embrace the stunning views and the freedom of flying like a bird.

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to have a fantastic first-time paragliding experience. Get ready to check it off your bucket list!

A treat after Hiking hut to hut : Paragliding in Oberstdorf

Girls, mountains, dogs….

What can go wrong:?

What can go right?

first time paragliding

Why we went paragliding

girl hiking with dog

Sage and I went hiking hut to hut for 3 days in the Bavarian Alps with our sweet golden doodle Ruby. (Ruby-girl for long.)

She did smell a bit like cow poo after 3 days hiking in the Allgaüer Alps in Bavaria. She hiked up steep mountains with Sage and me around the Hofats peak and multiple alpine lakes that filled my middle aged heart with joy.

The cows and donkeys had bells around their necks that tinkled with joy.

paragliding oberstdorf in german alps

We hiked with everything on our backs from one hostel/hut/hotel to the next. The last night, I got tired of finding dog friendly places and we bought some air mattresses and slept in the back of our 7 seater SUV! In a parking lot in town. Baller!

A hike in the Alps is something to behold, it will fill your heart, soul or atheist space with energy. It’s drama in the landscape and cuisine that is something worth living for.

My 12 year old volunteered to come, it seemed like she really wanted to go. I might be wrong. Maybe she is a people pleaser.

hiking in the alps
Hiking up an alpine peak is not teen perfection

She was a mountain goat and in reward … paragliding sprung up. I mean, really?? Teens and pre teens love thrill.

alps lake
yes, the alps are gorgeous

I’m proud my girls will hike with me, because it could be perceived as boring. But we ALL know it’s not…and strangely it’s not for the tween & teenagers.

But i’m not going to jinx it and i’m going to be all reward with paragliding for the badass 12 year old named Sage.

I’m also too afraid to do it myself. Even with Ebi, the ginger twin pilot.

A few years ago when the girls were little and only wore crocs out of the house, we promised ice cream at the top. That totally works. Even better if it’s an Asian lady selling it fresh at the top of the mountain for really cheap.

Probably it’s worth investing in a cooler and hiding it on the way up if you are in North America. I haven’t seen that many good entrepreneurs doing ice cream at the top of a lonely mountain for kiddos to start their love of hiking.

The first time paragliding was a success!

Author profile: Morgan Fielder is a passionate hiker and writer, physical therapist, and photographer. She has a doctorate in physical therapy and is featured giving science-based hiking tips and advice.

​When not out exploring the mountains or sea, she’s writing articles and gear reviews to empower Outdoor Journeys that include family and good food.

With 💞, Crave the Planet

Thanks for reading! Please share your stories of your awesome outdoor adventures or ask questions from the community over on our facebook group Untold Outdoor Europe Travel Planning.

Europe Travel Planning Guide

Hey there travel enthusiasts! Looking for a one-stop-shop for all your trip planning needs? Look no further! Here’s a list of our go-to resources for all our Outdoor wanderlust adventures.

And the best part? If you use any of these links to book or sign up, we’ll get a small commission (which we super appreciate). But don’t worry, your price stays the same.

Should I buy Europe travel insurance?

100% YES! — Europe has many different healthcare systems but it’s only for citizens! Foreigners visiting need travel insurance in case anything happens on their visit.

I recommend Hey Mondo Travel Insurance – they have a 5% discount for the readers of Crave the Planet!

How do I pay mountain huts and other places that don’t do credit cards?

Wise is the absolute bomb for international banking. With this awesome tool, we can send and receive money in multiple currencies, convert to even more with no extra fees, and withdraw or pay with local currencies. Click here to signup for Wise, a must-have! FAR better than paypal.

Can you drink the water in Europe?

Yes — In all major cities in Europe, you can drink the tap water. However, you should never drink river or lake water, there are cows doing their business in streams everywhere! I recommend a Lifestraw water filter for long hikes and backcountry camping to stay safe and hydrated.

Is it safe to rent a car in Europe?

Yes Renting a car is safe, but not a necessity in most of Europe. However, if you want to go on road trips or adventures outside of the major cities, you’ll find it easier to get to trails and need to rent a car.

For booking trains, buses and flights, ➡️ OMIO offers incredible deals.

What’s the best way to book my European accommodations?
My go-to for European hotels, hostels and vacation homes is as it’s more transparent and safe than Airbnb. Read my full review here.

What’s the best site to buy European Tours?
Ready to explore the world with a local guide? Get Your Guide has a massive selection of tours, activities, and adventures waiting for you!

Do I need a visa for Europe?

Likely Not — US and UK passport holders don’t need EU visas. However, some other countries do. And if you plan to stay for more than 90 days (an average tourist visa length), you will need to look into visas to live in Europe.

This was all about our first time paragliding!

Leave a Comment