It is widely thought that Paragliding induces Vertigo which is not true.. Unfortunately, this is the excuse many people use to avoid taking their first flight. It is high time to change this preconceived idea!
1- Taking your feet off the ground…
You may not have noticed it yet, but vertigo is only triggered when we have our feet on the ground. It is a simple mechanism due to the inner ear, which gives the impression of losing balance and falling into the void.
The inner ear is a fluid-filled vessel, in which there are hairs that are connected directly to the brain. When this vessel is tilted, the liquid moves the hairs and gives information to the brain of imbalance. If this imbalance is confirmed by the eyes, then the body reacts. When you are on a ladder, or at the edge of a canyon, your inner ear is good and balanced, but your eyes have no spatial reference,
so a confrontation is created and a feeling of imbalance and uneasiness sets in (your vertigo). This phenomenon is recurrent in people who do not practice many sports or jobs that require varying support on the ground. For most of you, this vertigo is an apprehension, a fear that you can easily overcome. Paragliding is the gentle version of fighting this fear.
So as soon as we take off, you forget about any feeling of vertigo! Paragliding is so conveniant 😜
2- Living a new experience…
While flying, everything is new. There is no time to think about anything else but the beautiful scenery and that incredible feeling of flying. If you feel any discomfort (and believe us, it is very rare), simply look at the horizon and not the height between your feet and the ground.
You can then discover the aerial world, flying quietly over Lake Annecy. And if you feel more comfortable, ask the pilot to get an adrenaline rush!
3- Towards new possibilities…
Even if on the ground, some people are not comfortable on the third step of the stepladder, it is not surprising to meet pilots who had done a first flight and decided to continue the adventure to learn to fly on their own.
If you are wondering how to learn to fly, a new article will be published next month on how to do an initiation course 😉
“So no, paragliding is not a cure for vertigo. But we will know how to free you from all your worries during a flight!”Lorenza & FabL'équipe Flyeo