Glide Like an Eagle
Are you a sports person? Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Have you ever dreamed of being able to simply spread your wings and go for a fly? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then gliding is definitely something you want to look into for yourself. This is a special kind of sport that you can do with proper training and understanding of it, enjoying the captivating and exhilarating results that come with the right equipment and preparation.
While gliding is a sport that you can’t take lightly, it is one that many people have on their bucket lists so that they can feel the sensation of flying at least once or twice in their lives. Here’s everything you need to know about this liberating and exciting sport and all of its forms and necessities.
What is gliding?
Simply put, gliding is when you are strapped into a winged apparatus (either a machine or a suit) and you jump off a cliff and go for a fly. This is a very crude way of putting it, yes, but it’s a good place to start the explanation, don’t you think?
When you look into the details of gliding, this is where the different levels of detail come out and make themselves known. There is the historical kind that involved pilots and mechanics working together to create planes that could fly for kilometres using only the wind and currents to push them forward.
This worked similar to a hot air balloon, and as science and technology improved, these kinds of gliders were able to fly further and further so that races were started to see how far they could go around a specific track.
It’s now gotten to the point where these sophisticated gliders can go over 1000 km at a time and start and finish from the same spot, assuming the weather works out and doesn’t throw curve balls.
Additionally, gliding is also known as hang gliding, which you are probably more familiar with. This is the most popular form of gliding. It involves you strapping yourself into a glider with a harness and use a metal bar to steer yourself around in a current of wind.
The wind conditions for hang gliding are precarious at best, so you have to make sure you are well trained, protected and know the weather and wind conditions ahead of time to make sure safety comes first and you and your hang glider can get back to the ground intact.
Preparations for gliding
So, you’re interested in looking into hang gliding, are you? You aren’t alone, there are many people like you that have wanted to give it a try. Hang gliding is a popular activity on a bucket list, and can be done easily enough. Here are the instructions for preparing to go gliding. Also make sure that you are fit and taking care of yourself. Eat a good clean diet with proper nutrition and take vitamin supplements to keep you alert and in top shape. Read more about vitamins and their health benefits.
Firstly, if you are a beginner, find a company that will train you and show you how to go for the first time. They will take you through learning how to move the glider so that you can do it comfortably in a simulator, and then into the air for real when you are ready. This is key to doing it right.
Then, when you have the hang of that and you’re ready to do some gliding on your own with your own equipment, make sure you prepare properly by checking with the air traffic control and other officials to make sure you are allowed in the airspace. When that’s all sorted out, check the weather and wind and find the right location to jump from.
Take a buddy if you can, and make sure you have all of the proper equipment including a first aid kit and a water bottle. This will ensure you are properly prepared to jump off that cliff and know that you are covered with skills, materials and experience if anything goes wrong.
If you’re looking for more of a challenge than hang gliding, take a look at wingsuit gliding. Less popular due to its daredevil nature, this is an activity requiring you to jump out of a plane or a high cliff with a wingsuit on. Like a flying squirrel, you open your legs and arms and the pillows of fabric will enable you to coast along the wind currents and enjoy the view.
While some professionals attempt to land in wingsuits, it’s not recommended, as you are moving at fast speeds and the winds can change on you last minute. A parachute is provided to ensure safe landing and good memories without a catastrophic conclusion.
If this is something that you are interested in, BASE training is a must – an intense training that will allow you to learn about wingsuits and the procedures that go into making them safe and comfortable. You will learn how to glide safely and professionally so that you can make this into a sport if you want to.
From there on, you can choose which avenue you want to go with different kinds of suits and training levels depending on your commitment. It certainly is a really cool way to get some flying experience in and it really is exciting and fun for everyone involved in it, even if you just do it the one time. And never want to go near one of those suits again.
Gliding, in all of its forms, is full of excitement and adrenalin so that you can have the experience of a lifetime, whatever that may mean for you. If this sounds like something you are interested in, take a look at the services offered in your idea get involved in a local school so that you, too, can know what it feels like to fly away and enjoy all that life has to offer.
While our wings may be temporary, they are just as cool as real wings and will certainly give you the same liberating feeling when used correctly.