Difference between Skydiving and Paragliding

Adventure is integral to travelling, and for those who find the brief moments of adrenaline rush irresistible, Skydiving and Paragliding are two common names. While the former refers to the act of diving towards the land from thousands of meters up in the sky, the latter refers to fly taking off from the ground to reach the sky. However, using the right gears adequately and accurately remains central to both the activities.

Just like gears, there are certain other elements also that make for a major difference between these two adventure sports. As a travel blogger, I have noticed that many people find the two pretty confusing. Hence, to help you all get rid of the confusion, here I have brought forth a brief analysis of how the two sporting activities differ.

The Gears

Skydiving needs the diver to wear a parachute that helps in the final landing. Once the diver dives from the aircraft and falls freely, succumbing to the gravitational pull of the earth, the distance between the diver and the land starts to reduce. Once the diver reaches close to the land and becomes ready for the landing, he/she has to shoot open the parachute for a smoothly glided landing.

On the other hand, paragliding is done using paragliders. Though both the gears appear to be almost the same, they are indeed very different. Paragliders are specially sewn in a manner that they can stay afloat in the air managing the air buoyancy perfectly. Also, paragliders are larger and help you take off, stay afloat in the air, and come down depending on how you pilot it.

Weather Knowledge

Paragliders need to have more knowledge of the weather than the skydivers. Paragliding is all about navigating through the air, which needs the paragliders to be aware of the weather condition. A little turn in the wind direction or humidity in the air can turn the journey of a paraglider upside down. On the other hand, skydivers are taken to the dropzone in an aircraft, and after checking the weather, they are allowed to dive in. Hence, the personal knowledge of the skydivers hardly impacts their act of diving like the paragliders.

Safety Measures

Skydiving and paragliding are two different sports and involve different levels of safety measures. As far as skydiving is concerned, the parachutes are specially made to aid in the landing process and thus act as a great help to the diver during the landing process. On the other hand, paragliders are made to stay afloat balancing the aerodynamic forces, which compels the paragliders to opt for specific training to understand the flow of the wind and other aspects of flying in particular.

Adventure is something that adds dimensions to your travel experience. And as an adventure enthusiast travel blogger, I can assure you that be it paragliding or skydiving, the high cliffs of the mountains are the best place to indulge in an enthralling experience. After all, beholding the rugged landscape underneath sculpted with streams and patches of woods while floating over the region is a lifetime experience, and opting for any of these activities will provide you with a perfect bird’s eye view that you will cherish for life.

About the author

I was imaginary and a dreamer. Being a full time working professional, my creativity didn’t get a chance to shine that way. After sometime, I went to visit Darjeeling, a place with the reflection of nature’s beauty. There, I felt I was leaving imaginary me somewhere behind and decided to visit those far-off places I’d dreamt of as a kid that’s why I started this blog.


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