Paragliders train at Parksville Community Park

Ben Higgins and Graham Connelly hone their paragliding skills, engaging in ground handling training at the Parksville Community Park on Saturday, March 21. (Michael Briones photo)
Graham Connelly hones his paragliding skills, engaging in ground handling training at the Parksville Community Park on Saturday, March 21. (Michael Briones photo)

Paragliders were at the Parskville Community Park on Saturday, unfurling their colourful parachutes and letting them soar through the air.

It was a bright, sunny day with strong winds blowing into the area which Ben Higgins and Graham Connelly took advantage of.

Higgins said the wind conditions were ideal for both of them to learn how to control the chutes. They are still students of the sport and are working on eventually getting their paragliding pilot’s licence.

They are both getting their training at Vancouver Island Paragliding in Salt Spring Island. To get their licence they will be required to have 25 flights and master a myriad of skills.

“What we’re doing now is ground training,” said Higgins. “We need to show we can control everything in various conditions. So this is a good day to do it.”

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