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Parascending is the basic tow form of paragliding, although the teams now have winches and can tow paragliders as well as ascending canopies. Apart from just enjoying the flying, parascenders take part in target accuracy competitions. It is normally carried out on very large fields or airfields.

First flights can be carried out towed on 100 or so metres of rope behind a Land Rover. These flights are usually with a basic round canopy and are controlled entirely by the vehicle driver. After being towed across the field the canopy and pilot are brought gently back to the ground. These flights will generally only be a few minutes long. Pilots may then be taught to release from a longer rope and land on their own. Flying square canopies means more forward speed and comes with more experience.

Parascending is a great team activity that is non-competitive and gets you outdoors and high above the earth to enjoy some marvellous views. The wildlife, birds, animals and plants on an airfield - is quite amazing too. Flying and parachuting are held in high esteem and everyone thinks you are very brave and adventurous, so you get a lot of kudos from taking part! As it is weather-dependent there is the understanding of weather and forecasting, so you can join in knowledgeably with the great British conversation topic.

How to run/provide parascending

There are 2 ways of running Parascending in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running parascending yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running parascending using an external provider

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The National Governing Body for parascending is:

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