The wing is probably the most important piece of your paragliding equipment and you want to choose it very carefully. Its size depends on your weight. Standard gliders are rated in four categories A, B, C, and D, where A is best for beginners, and D is the expert category. Ask your instructor which model would be most appropriate for your level of piloting and find further details in our syllabus.
While a new wing will last longer, there is nothing wrong with buying second hand equipment from a trusted source.
We don't keep much stock, but we will assist our local Jamaican pilots with the procurement of new paragliding gear and do offer big discounts from our suppliers named below.
Ozone - an Anglo-French company - is one of the bigger players and quite dominant in the competition scene.
AirDesign has evolved from the demise of Airwave, a formerly Austrian company. They are based in the Austrian Alps near Innsbruck.
Niviuk is an established Spanish brand and more active in adventure paragliding. They are based near Barcelona at the foot of the Pyrenees.
BGD is headed by a former UK champion, designer and author Bruce Goldsmith, who started BGD after leaving Airwave in 2013. BGD is based in Austria.
Independence is the brand of German all-rounder Flymarket Air Sports Accessories proudly based in Bavaria.
The harness is your seat in the air allowing you to fly securely and comfortably for hours. Like wings, harnesses have to undergo a thorough airworthiness certification process. There are two types of back protection: airbag and foam or a combination of both. While beginners normally fly in a sitting position, most advanced and XC pilots opt for a supine 'pod' harness which reduces the aerodynamic drag and therefore improves the gliding performance in XC flying.
The choice of an appropriate harness depends on your preference and flying style. Check with your instructor for advice.
We are the Jamaican dealers for the following brands:
Besides the wing and harness you may need other important accessories. We recommend always flying with a helmet to protect your head from ground contact.
Secondly, once you leave the training hill, a reserve parachute becomes necessary and represents your second or last chance should your glider ever get out of control.
If you want to have better control of your vertical movements, a vario(meter) will be of great assistance. And if you decide to leave your regular landing zone behind and consider flying 'cross country', a variometer with GPS becomes necessary. Pilots used to fly with two separate instruments, but nowadays all brands offer smart vario/GPS combinations in one instrument.
For further requests contact us or call us at 876.366.5265.