ABOUT US :::
Paraglide Adventure Irl is the oldest established
paragliding school and currently the only full time training facility
in the country. This means that we are available to teach whenever the
wind and weather are suitable and not just on weekends.
Our chief flying instructor is Fred Lahiff whose credentials speak for
themselves. Fred is an accredited IHPA instructor with over 26 years
experience with foot launched aircraft i.e. hang gliders and paragliders
and has been teaching people to fly for the past 16 years.
He was the recipient of a Delta Silver C badge number 18 in the world
for hang gliding, which was awarded to him on behalf of the Federation
Aeronautique International by the Irish Aviation Council. He has represented
Ireland in many flying competitions at home and abroad and has set many
cross-country records for paragliding in Ireland. Past pupils of his have
also gone on to set new xc records. The current Irish record for the longest
flight on a paraglider is held by Enda Murphy with a distance of 140km.
If you are thinking of enrolling on one of our courses what could be more
reassuring than to know that most of the pilots who regularly fly today
all started their flying careers under the ever watchful eye of this man.
In the same way as no driving school can give its students a licence to
drive no paragliding school can issue its students with a licence or rating
to fly, as this would represent a conflict of interests and be open to
abuse. Every country in the world has a governing body for the sport of
paragliding and only they in their own jurisdiction can issue students
with their appropriate rating.In Ireland the governing body is The Irish
Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association see www.ihpa.ie
and in the UK it is the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.see
Every paragliding school in Ireland and the UK that is accredited and
interested in insuring that all its students can gain an internationally
recognised rating which will enable them to fly anywhere in the world
is listed on either of these web sites.
As the IHPA have adopted the Para Pro system for rating pilots all our
training courses fully cover the various tasks, flights and airmanship
requirements which will enable any student who wishes too, to gain a proficiency
In essence this means that we can take you from your first short low flights
to higher gliding flights and on to soaring flight.