Founded by Guy Herrington in 2015, Sea to Sky Paragliding provides tandem flights, instruction, guiding and tours in the Sea to Sky Region.
Based in Pemberton BC, one of Canada’s most majestic and un-tapped areas for flying.
What is Paragliding?
Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure.
The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing comprising a large number of interconnected baffled cells. Wing shape is maintained by the suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing, and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.
Despite not using an engine, paraglider flights can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometers, though flights of one to two hours and covering some tens of kilometers are more the norm.
By skillful exploitation of sources of lift, the pilot may gain height, often climbing to altitudes of a few thousand meters. Pilots can fly solo, or tandem (with one passenger) on a larger wing.
In 2008 I went for my first Tandem flight on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver and I was instantly hooked. After landing this first flight I declared I was going to do this for the rest of my life and I never looked back.
The very next day I called three local schools and talked to each of the instructors and eventually found the one I liked and started lessons the next week. Not long after my first lessons, and before I got my license, I ended up heading to Mexico with my instructor and a few other students to finish up my training in sunny Mexico.
I have taken a true love to being in the sky, along with all it entails. You’d think that the learning curve would be steepest while starting the sport but I am finding that my learning is encompassing so much more as I become more involved.
The basics of flying is amazingly easy, but to take those basic flights and expand them into a voyage of hundreds of kilometers over varying terrain in constantly evolving weather conditions truly takes it to higher level, may you call it an art or a science.
Since 2010 I’ve been humbled by the experience of competing in this great sport. For as far as I have come, I see how far I have yet to go to be a world class pilot. The great thing is, that no matter where I am at in my voyage to be the best I can be, I am having so much fun at any given moment.
In May 2013 I took my second Instructor’s Course along with getting my Tandem Course in. Although I had been encouraged to instruct from early on, I now feel I have the experience to share the sport with aspiring pilots, may it be at a social event, on the ground in an adventure tour of the sport, a tandem flight to get your first feel of free flight, or some flying lessons to become a full fledged pilot in your own right.
As of 2017, I have flown over 1300 flights in 6 countries on 4 continents and I intend on upping that to all continents but Antarctica very soon (and who knows, I may even get there at some point too!). I have flown as high as 15,000ft, on flights lasting over 8 hours and have gone distances of over 230km. I am only just now scratching the surface of what this sport has to offer.
I am passionate about my sport and I hope to share with you some piece of that passion.