Learn more about fear of flying
An estimated one-third of paragliding pilots experience excessive and unnecessary stress during one or more phases of flight. This leads to less fun, early termination of the sport, or in the worst case accidents. In paragliding we often speak of “healthy tension” which is normal when flying. That’s the tension that keeps you on your toes. Then there is unhealthy stress. We call this fear of flying and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Yet it is a taboo in our world. We are sometimes guided by well-meaning advice such as “you have to go through it!” or “everyone finds it exciting sometimes!” In practice, this is not so easy. Unfortunately, we do not know many success stories from people who have overcome their fear of flying.