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We recently graduated a   CF-18 Hornet Pilot from our Top Gun P2 Novice Paragliding Pilot program.  Read about his impressions of iParaglide.

iParaglide Location

Located at 962 - 51st Street Tsawwassen, near Vancouver, BC, Canada, for all your paragliding needs. We are ideally situated just minutes away from the finest training hill at Diefenbaker Park.

iParaglide Flying Sites

We are central to paragliding sites in the Vancouver, Chilliwack, Pemberton, Whistler, Bellingham and Seattle area so students enjoy maximum variety and we can work with weather to optimize selection of the best location each day.

Right Stuff Equipment

We regularly test fly the latest paragliding gear and select only the very finest for our iParaglide Right Stuff Paragliding Equipment Store. This ensures our paraglider pilots enjoy a state of the art performance and safety advantage to accelerate their learning curve.

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Vancouver Paragliding Webcams - get a view of cloud base to plan your paragliding cross country flight adventure.

Woodside Mtn Webcam

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Pemberton Webcam

Bellingham Bay Webcam

Tiger Mtn Webcam 

Sunday
Aug132017

Top Gun Omega > Aug 19-27

We are gearing up for one of our favourite weeks in the year: Top Gun Omega.  

In the Vancouver area, the last week of August (Aug 19-27) has one of the most reliable weather patterns based on historical climate normals.  We choose this window and new local and international pilots come from around the world to join us on a week long paragliding holiday.  They leave refreshed and empowered with the joy of free flight as competent iP2 paraglider pilots!

We start the week with theory and then take new paragliding pilots out to the very finest training hill at Diefenbaker Park.

Students learn to inflate the paraglider to get it flying overhead...  

Load and accelerate to take-off speed in the "superman" position...  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...and steer and fly the paraglider at low altitude to come back down for a soft, graceful landing.

 

 

Once new pilots have grasped the fundamentals for launching, flight control and landing,  we move on to additional kiting skills at Vanier Park. 

 

Then off to Mount Woodside for first high mountain paragliding flights. The Launch Instructor carefully selects ideal wind conditions for the student and guides them to achieve a beautiful launch. 

Pilots take to the sky and soar over a stunning view while executing some graceful turns and other manoeuvres in the sky, as orchestrated by thier flight command Instructors via radio... 

 

A Landing Field Instructor guides the new pilots in for a safe, gentle landing in the valley below.  

 

 

 

 

 

Pilots never forget their first high mountain flight and the smiles after landing are huge! 

We work an optimized progression during mountain flying, soaring onward and upward. Pilots learn how to engage and core thermals and dynamic lift, to stay up, or even climb higher into the deep blue sky.

This one-of-a-kind training progression results in plenty of "aha" moments that change the adventurers perspective of the sky and mountains forever.

With Top Gun total immersion, pilots learn in a positive, efficient and empowering environment that yields more flights per day and skills being built in a synergistic manner.  As a result, Top Gun graduates enjoy a performance and safety advantage that builds a solid foundation of piloting skills that take pilots to ever higher highs. 

 

Learn more about Top Gun here. We have a couple of spaces still available, if interested, please contact us here

We look forward to working with Top Gun Omega Pod from their first steps leaving the ground to fulfilling their greatest flying dreams as certified paraglider pilots.  A lifetime of adventure awaits!

Saturday
Jan072017

Valle de Bravo, Mexico - Christmas 2016

I am at a loss for words as to why it has taken such a long time to discover this paragliding gem. What XC Mag calls 'the most consistent site in the world' is home to many a Canadian paragliding snowbird come the long dark of winter. Below is a short video of footage shot during a Cross Country (XC) Course attended over the Christmas Break and is likely the start of many return trips in the years to come.

 

 

Thursday
Jun022016

BC Mountaineering Club > Escape into the Sky > June 14

 

Perhaps you have dreamt of a moment...when you escape the confines of gravity…and take flight to soar high above the tiny, mere mortals below, unaffected by their petty troubles, like some sky god from Greek mythology. 

With paragliding you can.  Join us on a night of Discovery: learning to fly and unleashing the magic of playing in the realm of where mountain meets sky. 

We will be doing a special presentation: Escape into the Sky at the upcoming BC Mountaineering Club (BCMC) June 14 Social event.  

Held at a great venue, the ANZA Club (#3 W. 8th Ave, Vancouver: corner of 8th Ave and Ontario) on Tuesday evening, June 14, 2016.  Door opens at 7PM with the social beginning at 7:30PM. 

Sunday
Feb072016

VIMFF Art of Flight Night Feb.18 @ Rio Theatre 

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) runs Feb12-20 this year, with some great nights covering the spirit of flying.

Of special note is the Art of Flight Night Feb 18 @ 1930 @ The Rio Theater opens with Guest Speaker Gavin McClurg  whose past adventures include 2 circumnavigations of the earth sailing; 8th place in paragliding's Red Bull X-Alps; and some epic cross country flights paragliding.

Films for the evening include:

  • The Mont Rebie Project attempts to break the world rope jump freefall record.

 

  • In The Rocky Mountain Traverse, Will Gadd and Gavin McGlurg push the limits of paragliding cross country, in an epic 250 km traverse attempt of the Canadian Rockies. 

Looking forward to a night of sharing with like minded adventurers at VIMFF!

Wednesday
May132015

Taking Flight with the iP2 Course

Scott running out a clean forward launch in perfect conditions, underneath his crisp new ICARO Instinct TE paraglider!

It feels so good to fly!

The last couple weekends have gifted us with exceptional weather and it finally came time to launch our brand new paragliding wings off Mt. Woodside!

My first paragliding mountain flights felt almost too good to be true. I'm sure the rest of the group must have felt the same. I felt more than ready when it was go time. After the theory classes, a solid training hill experience at Diefenbaker Park and kiting the paragliders at Vanier Park the day prior, we had definitely acquired the skills to go for it.

Dion and our instructors, Russ and Degas, have it dialed in! Every aspect of what they have taught us and put us through, has been really solid. From launch to landing, confidence was high knowing the amount of experience and structure that is behind every decision made prior, and every word we hear on the radios during flight.

So stoked for the good times to come!