Aerial Sports in Southern Ireland
Paragliding in Southern Ireland may be the most eco-friendly way of seeing Ireland from above. Whilst jets skiing in Southern Ireland, Ireland, always remember that this riding is a potentially dangerous machine. Jet ski and Powerboat Courses require guidance from instructors who are qualified, insured and have the experience to teach you the potential risks. In paragliding one will more than likely not get off the ground, granted, but if you do, it helps to know how to get down in one piece.
There are several popular training sites in Ireland, three of them fairly near to Southern Ireland are Black Hill east of the Blessington Reservoir and above the village of Lacken (County Wicklow); Lough Bray at the top of the Glencree Valley (County Wicklow); and Mount Leinster in County Wexford. For experienced paragliders the sky is the limit, literally Ireland will provide any number of suitable spots to enjoy the sport, though the Atlantic coast may prove to be too much of a challenge. Paragliding is a form of aviation with all of the inherent and potential dangers that are involved in aviation.
No form of aviation is without risk. Injuries and death can and do occur in paragliding even to trained and highly experienced pilots using proper equipment. No claim is made or implied that all sources of danger to any pilot have or can be identified. No one should participate in paragliding who does not recognize and wish to personally assume the associated risks.
The governing body of the sport of paragliding here in Ireland is the Irish Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (IHPA). The IHPA's job is to promote the sport of hang gliding and paragliding in Ireland and to look after the interests of its members. Paragliding is an individual sport, but there is a large social element involved as well. Flying with other pilots is not only safer and more fun but you learn more as relevant information tends to filter down from the more experienced pilots to the up and coming novice. Usually over a pint at the end of good days flying! The IHPA organizes competitions and fly-ins around the country on most long weekends and most members regularly fly and socialize together whenever the weather is flyable.
Paraglide Adventure Ireland
Paraglide Adventure Irl is the oldest established paragliding school and currently the only full time training facility in the country. This means that they are available to teach whenever the wind and weather are suitable and not just on weekends. Their chief flying instructor is Fred Lahiff whose credentials speak for themselves. Fred is an accredited IHPA instructor with over 26 years experience with foot launched aircraft i.e. hang gliders and paragliders and has been teaching people to fly for the past 16 years.
Tandemskydive is the only dedicated Tandem Parachute Centre in Ireland. This means they can fully concentrate on you, making your experience a day never to be forgotten. They specialise in Arrive & Jump (no need to book weeks in advance) Stag & Hen weekends, Jump on the Friday or Saturday, and Supporting many Irish Charities through our Charity Tandem Skydives.
Xtreme Spots is the web – child of a group of people, some of us young, others wiser… What brings them together is the love they share for extreme sports and our passion to “drop a pin” on every Xtreme Spot on the map! Bray is the fourth largest city in Ireland and it is located approximately 20 km/12 mi south of Southern Ireland, on the east coast.