Learn to Paraglide

EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF THIS EARTH FROM THE SKY WITH ONE OF OUR ACCOMPLISHED PILOTS

TANDEM PARAGLIDE IN DOMINICAL, COSTA RICA TO EXPERIENCE THE NATURAL BEAUTY FROM THE SKY

Taking a tandem paraglide is a breathtaking and uplifting experience. We believe flying tandem is the best way to get the most from beautiful Costa Rica with one of our accomplished pilots in Dominical.

Launching over the jungle canopy you will see the vast amount of nature Costa Rica is home to, from the beautiful birds to the pacific ocean. Flying high, our pilots will land you safely on the beach in Dominical after the experience of a lifetime.

Flying is for everyone so we haven’t put an age on it, taking youngsters from the age of 4 up to Grandparents rolling into their 80s and all in between. Those in search of a tranquil and therapeutic escape can expect just that, or if you’re looking for something a little more extreme, feel the G force build as you turn through the air.

While we promise enjoyment and fun we never compromise on safety. Analysing the launch site and weather conditions on the day is our first step to getting you safely in the air. Prior to your flight you will be clipped into your harness and helmet. Our pilots will give you clear instructions to follow of which you must at all times from launch and landing – following their guidance will ensure the safety of your flight.

Once airborne, sit back in your seat, relax, enjoy the view and let our expert pilots do the work.

Take a tandem flight with Zion Paragliding, tandem flights include:

  • Pick-up and travel to the designated launch site on the day
  • 1x 25 minute tandem flight 
  • For an additional fee full instructional and XC tandem flights can be accommodated
  • GoPro video of your flight – available for $25 extra

Taking flight? Here’s our suggestion of things you might need:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • A small bottle of water
  • Shoes to launch and land in (there will be some light running)

THE COSTA RICAN SUMMER IS HOST TO SUNNY DAYS AND MELLOW WINDS, MAKING DOMINCAL ON THE WEST COAST THE PERFECT PLACE TO LEARN TO PARAGLIDE AND PROGRESS UNDER THE DIRECT GUIDANCE OF ZION, LOCAL TO THE AREA.

Beginners Course

A 9 day intensive course for absolute beginners or those in need of a refresher. The hands on approach to the course will have you taking your first solo flight within the first three days.

The Course

Days 1-3:

  • How to set-up for flying

  • Caring for your wing

  • Kiting the wing

  • Launching and landing

  • First short flights a few meters off the ground

Day 4-6:

  • Daily full instructional solo flights

  • Beach landing with spot landing and final glide advice

  • Theory lessons covering wing safety, controlling the wing and basic thermalling

Day 7-9:

  • Daily flights from varying launches with some guidance and tuition – it’s time to put into practise what you’ve learnt

  • Advanced kiting practise with obstacle courses and additional techniques

  • Advanced theory on thermalling and wing safety

What’s Included

  • 9 days of full tuition

  • Transport from accommodation to launch sites

  • Landing zone pick ups

  • Instructional tandem flight

  • Copy of paragliding theory book Paragliding, A Pilot’s Training Manual

  • Advice on local accommodation and preferential rates

Progress Tuition

For pilots that have advanced passed beginner but need guidance to the next level, progress tuition with Zion will take you there. Daily tuition includes advanced tips on thermalling, wing safety and advanced manoeuvres with guided and instructional flights to suit your level.

ESTABLISHED TO BEGINNER PILOTS CAN TAKE THE SKIES FROM THE BEST LAUNCH SPOTS ON THE WEST COAST OF COSTA RICA. WITH TOURS STARTING DAILY IN HIGH SEASON, AND LAUNCH SPOTS IN DOMINCAL, HATILLO, JACO AND RIVAS, THERE’S PLENTY OF SKY TO FLY HERE.

We pride ourselves on knowing the area and the best spots to fly from based on the daily weather. A tour with us will provide you with a worry and hassle free flights. Instructional and guided tours also available.

Daily tours include:

  • Travel to the launch site on the day
  • Launch site and weather condition advise
  • Radio guidance whilst in the sky

Guided tours available on request

Launch Sites

Beginner

  • Dominical
  • Jaco
  • Calderra

Intermediate

  • Hatillo
  • Los Indios, Rivas
  • La Torre Ciudad Neily

 Advanced

  • Buena Vista – Zion Launch