Frequently asked questions

Where can I fly?


We can fly you at a number of sites between Queenscliff and Apollo Bay but we find that the most popular sites are around Torquay, Fairhaven, Anglesea, 13th Beach and Ocean Grove. We want to give you the best experience we can, and will use local conditions on the day to chose the best site possible.




Are there any age, height or weight restrictions?


The minimum age for a tandem flight experience is 10 years old. Because weight can determine when and with which instructor you will fly with, we will need to know your weight when you make a booking. Weights ranging from 30kg to 130kg are easily accommodated in the right conditions. Being a passenger is not physically demanding. However, take-off can involve quickly moving backwards or sideways a few steps and then jogging forward in a firm manner, and landing can involve jogging forward a few steps on sand. Consequently, if you have a past or existing injury or weakness that might be aggravated by this, you may want to talk to your doctor before making your booking.




What do I wear and bring on the day?


Comfortable but warm active wear. It's about function not fashion. Unless you want to do both! It's also worth bringing water, sunscreen and sunglasses.




Do I need to be physically fit to come flying?


Being a passenger is not physically demanding. However, take-off can involve quickly moving backwards or sideways a few steps and then jogging forward in a firm manner, and landing can involve jogging forward a few steps on sand. Consequently, if you have a past or existing injury or weakness that might be aggravated by this, you may want to talk to your doctor before making your booking.




What if I'm afraid of heights?


It’s normal to feel some pre-flight jitters! Our instructors are very experienced at reassuring and calming nervous flyers. We generally find that feelings of nervousness dissolve once you're airborne and you start to feel just how peaceful a paragliding flight can be. We've flown many passengers now who've been scared of heights, most of whom have enjoyed their flights. Some of these passengers have even gone on to take up paragliding themselves! For the few who decided that flying wasn't for them, there was still a story about how they challenged their fears, for however brief a time.




Do I have to do tricks and extreme manouvers?


Our aim is to give all our passengers a tailor made experience and an awesome memory. Paragliding on the Great Ocean Road can be a sublimely peaceful experience, but there are definitely ways to get your heart racing! If you want to zoom around the cliffs or dunes and feel some g-force, just let us know.




What if I feel sick during the flight?


Coastal flying is generally done in very smooth air. Because of this, air-sickness happens very rarely. If you do start to feel unwell, be sure to let us know as we can adjust our flying style or land, whichever you'd prefer.




Can I fly with a group of friends?


Yes. For those who would like to fly with friends, we can have three in the air at the same time. We'll even get you close enough to cheer each other on!




What if the weather doesn't cooperate on the day that my flight is booked?


Paragliding requires specific weather conditions. Light southerly sea breezes in summer are particularly good and these are quite common on the Great Ocean Road. But if it doesn't work out on the day that you've booked, we'll work with you to get you flying on another day.




Will there be photographs or videos of my flight?


During the flight you can take your camera, go-pro and/or selfie stick to document your experience. But if you’d prefer to sit back and enjoy the view, a video and photos can be arranged for you - check out our flight packages for more information.




Is it safe?


Our flight experience instructors will assess the conditions, before and during your flight, to enable a safe and enjoyable experience throughout. However, like any other adventure activity, paragliding does involve some risk. Before your flight, you will be asked to sign a form provided by our federation – the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia. This outlines the obvious risks as well as the potential for accident or injury. If you would like to read the form before booking your flight, you will find it here. Should you wish to discuss any of your concerns about the safety of a flight, please don't hesitate to get in touch with any of our flight experience instructors by calling 0490 836 441 or emailing fly@greatoceanroadparagliding.com.au.




I have questions that aren't in the FAQ...


If you have any other questions, please feel free to email us at fly@greatoceanroadparagliding.com.au!




Where can I learn to paraglide and get my license?


Paragliding is regulated by the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia (HGFA) and you require a paragliding license to fly. It is important to select a reputable HGFA approved training facility to conduct your training and obtain your license. We recommend High Adventure Paragliding which is owned and operated by David Wainwright, one of Australia's most awarded free-flight and powered paraglider pilots. Find out about High Adventure and their upcoming courses here.




Will I have to wait to fly?


Paragliding is highly weather dependant and you instructor will determine when it is appropriate and safe to launch. It is not uncommon to wait for some time for the right conditions, and it may be that the weather conditions do not eventuate on the day that your flight is planned. In this event you can always reschedule. Remember, magic is worth the wait, and life is too short to get upset with the weather.




Covid. Are you still operating?


Yes we are! We have a current Covid Safe plan which allows us to operate during Victoria's Third Step towards Covid Normal. - Equipment cleaning between flights - Hand sanitising pre and post flight - Minimising physical contact pre and post flight - Contactless payment options We're also encouraging people to bring some of their own personal items such as mask, a bicycle helmet and glasses (sunglasses of prescription are fine). Of course we're also happy to provide these items if needed.





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