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Flyers Lodge Upgrades and Additions

Flyers Lodge Upgrades and Additions

 

Flyers Lodge is in the process of being upgraded in order to make your stay there even more unforgettable. We also have a beach cabin available situated right next to Flyers Lodge.

Flyers Lodge

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Beach Cabin

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Vlerksweef: Gespes vas, vlerk op, ’n draffie... en vlieg!

Vlerksweef: Gespes vas, vlerk op, ’n draffie... en vlieg!

2012-12-01 04:35

Heidi Sonnekus, Die Burger

As mens oor die Kaaimanspas George toe ry, swiep daar dikwels vlerkswewers oor jou kop op pad na die strand by Leentjiesklip. Op ander dae lanseer hulle vanaf Sedgefield – soms tel mens tot 30 kleurryke vlerke in die lug. Die spul het Heidi Sonnekus nuuskierig gemaak, en sy het gaan ondersoek instel.


Die idee dat mens vrywillig teen ’n steil heuwel afhol en jouself die lug inwerp met net ’n lapvlerk om jou bo te hou, het my maag laat draai. Maar ek kon nie teenoor my dogter of gryse moeder erken ek is vrek bang nie!

Toe Deon Borrett, instrukteur en tandem-vlerkswewer, ’n valhelm op my kop plak en sê: “Kom”, kon ek net maar mond toeknyp (sodat ek nie kan gil nie, my kind) en saamwerk.

Die bakbeen-lanseerdraffie met die instrukteur aan jou vasgegespe was toe heel maklik en baie kort.

Deon se rooi-en-grys vlerk wíl vlieg en lig mens oor Sedgefield se boomtoppe en die Swartvlei-meer. Eerste gewaarwording: Dis so stil en rustig. En: Mens voel glad nie onstabiel of selfs ’n bietjie onveilig nie. Deon lewer rustig kommentaar oor wat hy doen en wys landmerke uit.

My hart het stadiger begin klop en ek kon my nou heeltyds bekommer oor ouma Nem (79), wat volgende gelanseer sou word. Sy is maar vyf voet twee duim lank, haar enkels is swak en sy het laas in 1962 gehardloop.

Haar grootste bekommernis voor die tyd was dat stukkies van haar sou af- of uitval tydens die vlug en verlore raak: tande, skoene of bril... Maar toe haar beurt kom, het sy nie ’n oomblik gehuiwer nie.

Lucille en Jörg Bueble het baie mooi na haar gekyk en binne sekondes het ons verby mekaar gesweef. Haar glimlag het van oor tot oor gestrek en sy het nuuskierig rondgekyk.

Vir haar was dit ’n wonderlikheid dat sy haar wêreld op so ’n manier uit die lug kon beskou: Sy het haar as jong bruid in die omgewing kom vestig en het die geografie net padlangs ervaar.

As mens die lanseerdery sit en dophou van die grond af, lyk die landslag nogal moeilik. Die ouens kom sit redelik vinnig op ’n klein stukkie gras tussen hoë bome.

Daar loop mense rond, ander ouens lanseer, daar is karre en soms kinders.

Uit die lug blyk die ervaring aansienlik minder skrikwekkend, miskien omdat Deon jou deurlopend vertel wat jy met jou eie lyf moet doen om uit syne se pad te bly.

Hy beheer die vlerk se spoed sekuur en ons land sag en netjies op ons voete. Hy trek sy vlerk grond toe en help gespes losmaak.

Intussen kom land Jörg met Ouma: Hy weet sy is broos en Lucille staan reg om haar te “vang” en sagkens op die grond neer te sit, plat op haar sitvlak, netjies gekussing in haar stoelharnas.

Sy kon haarself oriënteer voordat hulle haar opgehelp en uitgevra het oor vlugnaarheid (niks!) en aan die elmboog van die lanseerterrein af begelei.

Lucille lag oor ons bekommernis. Jörg vlieg al sewe jaar plaaslik en Deon 17 jaar. Die twee het al die veiligheidskwalifikasies.

Hulle vlerksweef dikwels met oumense, kinders en selfs rolstoel-gebruikers.

“Mens kry net ’n ekstra paar hande vir die lanseer- en landslag,” sê sy. ’n Ander opsie is om van hul driewiel-vlerkswewer gebruik te maak wat met ’n enjin werk en dit moontlik maak om in minimum windtoestande te vlieg.

“Ons bedryf is uiters afhanklik van wind- en weerstoestande,” sê Deon. Hulle werk die hele tyd met die oog en oor op weerberigte van alle soorte, en moet soms verskuif van Sedgefield na Kleinkranz of Wilderness om die beste sweef-omstandighede te verseker.

Vertoef mens ’n wyle daarbo op die bult, vind mens jouself amper in ’n parallelle heelal. Doer onder is die N2 waarop jy gewoonlik rondzoem. Vandag is dit irrelevant want die son bak op jou vel, jy ruik bloekomblare en die wind waai deur jou hare. Om jou is dit hemel-, see- en rivierblou. Vlerkswewers wapper soos helder vlinders om die lanseerbult.

Hou mens die proses dop, besef jy daar is ’n orde en tydsaamheid aan alles wat gebeur: vlerk op die grond, toue reguit, helm op, gespes vas, veiligheidsroetine, vlerk op, draffie... vlieg.

Helpers ontspan en kom gesels met die wagtende passasiers. Deurentyd met die oog in die lug om reg te staan vir die landing – vir die passasier ’n ewigheid of ’n asemteug van 20 minute later.

Die landing: vlerk af, maak seker jou passasier is stewig op sy voete, gespes los, helm af...

Die avontuur eindig gewoonlik met breë glimlagge en opgewonde gebare. ’n Ervaring wat jy in jou hart bewaar om later in jou gedagtes en deur jou foto’s te herleef.



Ouma staan reg: vyf voet twee in haar sokkies en onverskrokke. Lucille en ’n helper staan voor, Jörg is besig met gespes.



Die landing. Jörg het Ouma netjies en sagkens neergesit. Lucille maak seker dat Ouma nie duiselig of vlugsiek is nie voordat sy haar regop help.
Foto’s: Heleen Sonnekus

 

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Skywings Paragliding Club Site Rules and Regulations

 

From the 15th of November 2012 all Skywings registered sites will become members only sites. See list of sites on website www.skywingsparaglidingclub.co.za

All the sites are still open to anyone from locals, visiting pilots to foreign pilots who will join the club as country members (membership is only R100 per year). Your number is for life and so if you return a few years later you can just pay and give your original number. Locals, which means anyone within the Garden Route Triangle of Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay and are residents of this area, will then have full membership and be entitled to vote. The area in question includes surrounding towns and villages as well as inner towns like Knysna, Sedgefield and Wilderness.

Payment points and membership application points are at these two locations: Wilderness Spa and Hydro at the Wilderness Beach Hotel (GPS: 33°59'55.34"S  22°36'52.24"E) and Fynboskruin restaurant and club house at entrance to Gerrickes point at the Mini golf course in Sedgefield (GPS: 34° 0'37.19"S  22°45'20.24"E).

 

Why are we doing this? Listed in no particular order of importance below:

1.       To ensure that every pilot who launches from our sites is a member of SAHPA and that will include temporary foreign membership.

2.       We also need to have better control on who and what happens on our sites as the pressures from landowners and other role players has reached levels where they hold the club responsible for actions taken by visiting pilots.

3.       For safety we want to know some details of the pilots and their gliders in case there is an accident or someone goes missing.

4.       For discipline as Skywings has taken a zero tolerance to rogue pilots, pilots who act unsafely or fly with unsafe equipment.

5.       Some landowners insist on strict control and access to their land. They want to know who is on their land at all times.

6.       Maintenance of launch sites.

7.       Third Party insurance cover for SAHPA members if one damages property.

 

General Rules for Most Sites

1. SAHPA licensed and Skywings Member abides by their constitutions.

2. No smoking.

3. No littering.

4. Don’t damage any fauna or flora. Don’t collect any fauna or flora.

5. Don’t be a public nuisance – respect private landowners.

6. Obey any special rules on the boards.

 

Special rules for Motorized wings

1.       Paramotors, Motorized Hangliders and Trikes - in accordance with Municipal instructions no launching between Map of Africa and Kleinkrantz Car Park but not including the Kleinkrantz Car Park that is available for launching. The no launch zones include public parks and grounds. This rule is applicable year round.

2.       Trikes on the beaches - as far as we understand it’s illegal to launch from the beach anywhere in South Africa. So we will be forced to report any infringement as it’s our duty as a SAHPA registered club. Where this area overlaps on our launch sites then naturally it’s the club rule.

3.       From December – January all Skywings sites will be no launch zones for any motorized wings. With the exception of Kleinkrantz Car Park (Trikes and Foot launched) and Kleinkrantz Dune (foot launched).

4.       Keep to height restrictions and don’t fly low past houses and create a nuisance.

 

Special rules – Landowners with Privacy complaints and other requirements.

 

Map of Africa – The owners of the house to the right and left of launch have made complaints about privacy issues. We decided to try accommodating their requests so avoid loitering directly in front of their houses or flying low over their roofs and keep a reasonable distance of between 20-30m for the westerly positioned house at the beacon (from take-off the house right). The houses to the EAST of Launch will have a minimum of 40m. If the landowners gesture or shout fly away politely and report this to the club. Please see photos and GPS co-ordinates.

 

 

33°59'34.43"S   22°34'12.67"E

Holiday landing beyond the rocky line on the beach, in other words away from the main beach towards the east. Beach has Blue flag status so even more sensitive. Don’t land among beach goers.

 

 

 

House to the West of Wilderness Beach Hotel /Kleinkrantz

All pilots when flying along the ridge either from Kleinkrantz Car Park or from Wilderness Beach Hotel and heading to west please avoid low flying in front or over the house in this picture where the vehicles are parked,  it’s about 1 km from the Beach Hotel.

These are GPS location 33°59'51.72"S     22°36'8.89"E for house.

 

 

Paradise Ridge – Please avoid flying low and looking into beautiful house on the ridge, fly past and enjoy the other 8km of ridge.

 

Sedgefield - Obey the sign boarded restriction the first house on the ridge flying in westerly direction 1,5 km away.

 

Serpentine – Access through coded gate (GPS: 33°58'57.50"S  22°36'55.82"E); contact the club and don’t climb over the fence. Landing at Ebb and Flow (GPS: 33°59'21.42"S  22°36'33.57"E) is allowed but the main landing is the Island lake (GPS: 33°59'23.30"S  22°38'4.30"E) and the piece of land next the road opposite the Polo fields (GPS: 33°59'12.77"S  22°37'49.62"E). Don’t land in Polo fields or any of surrounding fields due to the horses.

 

Gerrickes Point – Please pay the fees at entrance entering without paying correct fees will earn you a life ban from this site. Guides take note one of your party transgresses your whole company will be banned by the owner. Smoking and fires even within the vehicle will result in life ban from this site and same applies to Guides. This area is a private nature reserve and the owner lives downwind from the launch. Don’t speed as the road is narrow and the owner uses it daily.

 

Goosevalley  - All pilots call Deon Borrett before going to fly 072 1990622 as owner wants warning that pilots will be using his property so he can pass on special rules for the day. Don’t drive into lands. Don’t drive on tracks after rains. No smoking or fires, life ban will be a result if you transgress. The area is Protea and wild flowers harvesting area as well the threat of legal ramifications for both owners in regard to fire control.

 

Uplands – Please contact Observer before flying.  No commercial activity without prior arrangements with owner.

 

Hartenbos – Car Park. The Grass Launch Site in front of House is closed!

Only the Public Park to the west is open. Respect property owners and try not to trample the dunes.

 

Dana Bay – Some sites are on private land, respect neighbor’s rights andcontact Observer before flying.

 

General rules on behavior:

1.       Don’t fly low over houses and loiter or shout or become a nuisance for the landowners.

2.       Don’t enter into fights or arguments with landowners, retreat quietly even if you think yourself in the right and then inform the club.

3.       Obey all the rules of Authorities like San Parks, Municipality, Town Council, ATC and naturally SAHPA.

4.       Call Observers before flying sites in if you not sure of rules, ignorance is not an excuse.

 

 

SITES LIST:

Please go to www.skywingsparaglidingclub.co.za for full site list and other special rules. Please note the Website is under construction so not all the details are perfect or complete please call the local Observers before flying new sites. Their details can be found on the Committee list otherwise contact relevant committee member. Skywings sign boards are being re-made with all new rules and regulations. This will take up to 3 months but just refer to website when in doubt.

 


Tandem in flight photos and video

Tandem in flight photos and video with Dolphin Paragliding


When taking part in the Tandem adventure it's alway best to record this event for the good feel memories it evokes when one is reminded of all the fun and adrenaline experienced during flight. For many passengers it's their first experience of free flight and even though many come back for their second and third flights due to the great experience and wonder of flying like a bird, for some of our clients it's a once in lifetime experience and thus should be duly recorded.

 

Dolphin Paragliding uses the Go Pro camera for photo and video capture and it delivers wonderful quality. The wide angle lens means that you see the whole background as well as yourself while flying. Dolphin Paragliding uses a special camera stick which is extended out so that the angle is perfect for in flight photos. Most times the pilot takes the photos but when capturing video there may be times when we require the passenger to take control of the angles of filming they want. Once the flight is finished we give our clients the 4 GiG data card to keep which can be viewed on a laptop or any other appliance that can take a standard SD card. The camera is HD quality and compliant which adds to the enjoyment. The camera is also fitted with a microphone allowing it to capture video as well as sound, so all talking and ambience is recorded enabling you to relive the whole experience again. The best is to edit the video to a short 3 minute clip and post it on video via Youtube with their you own selection of music that Youtube will offer. So remember to take your memories to share with family and friends.

 


 

 

Termikk and Rotor Paragliding Tours South Africa

 

Termikk and Rotor Paragliding Tours and South Africa

 

Tonni Karlsen and Ronnie Helgesen the co-owners of Termikk and Rotor Tours are supremely experienced guides that travel the World with there clients in search of great flying. They are one of the most established paragliding tour operators in the World. They are from Norway and so can speak the Scandanavian languages but also speak English Fluently as well as some Spanish.

Their Tours last about two weeks in South Africa and typically include Cape Town - Hermanus, Garden Route including Sedgefield, Wilderness, Mossel bay and Knysna and also Porterville. There priority is flying and giving their groups lots of hours in the air but also are flexible enough to go on Game drives and other Adventure trips. A pilot who wants to tour South Africa can join these proffesional guides and it does not matter where you from as long as you can speak one of the three languages.

They are an open and fun team and there is a little drinking and partying now and again but only if you want to. There tours cater for couples and singles and its comprehensive.

Termikk and Rotor have been visiting Flyers Lodge Wilderness for many years and Deon Borrett from Dolphin Paragliding has become close friends to these wonderful characters. They have passion for what they do and pass that passion for safe flying onto the pilots that tour with them. Its going to be a good choice to travel with them and explore new skies and sites.

 


Active Edge Paragliding in UK

ACTIVE EDGE PARAGLIDING - Dolphin Paragliding recommended school for UK

Quite simply there is nothing to beat the excitement and exhilaration of paragliding.

Borne along by nothing other than the wind, an experienced paraglider pilot can remain aloft for hours on end, flying great distances and discovering a vantage point on the world shared only with the birds.

Active Edge Paragliding & Paramotoring is a British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) registered school based in the Yorkshire Dales, England. It's run by one of the most experienced BHPA Senior Paragliding Instructors and multiple British Paragliding Champion pilot, Dean Crosby. He's the only pilot in the UK to compete at National level in all three soaring disciplines, paragliding, hang gliding and gliding.

We're fanatical about flying and have been teaching paragliding, hang gliding and flying from the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, for over 25 years.

As well as Fundays we offer various exclusive BHPA approved courses for those that want to learn to paraglide and fly 'solo' to the highest standards both in the Yorkshire Dales and overseas.

All the teaching is conducted by Dean Crosby with help from other carefully chosen instructors.

 

Dean Crosby is a great pilot who has the skills and knowledge to teach to the best standards possible. He has a easy going relaxed manner but is super proffesional and takes his work seriously. He has serious experience and loves to share it. So thats why Deon Borrett and Dolphin Paragliding recommends to join up at his school or tour as you are in very good hands.




Aerial Photography

The Aerial Perspective


Dolphin Paragliding supports Aerial Perspective with there proffesional crew. Anthony Allen team leader is one of the leading Paramotor and Paragliding pilots in South africa and his work is excellent and of the highest standard.

www.aerialphoto.co.za/

Anthony Allen – National Enquiries Chief Pilot and Photographer +27 83 463 7113

 

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Ever in the quest for exploring opportunity he decided to couple his flying and photographic skills and found a niche in supplying aerial photographs to his old clients in the civils industry. Word spread quickly and he formed and began THE AERIAL PERSPECTIVE in 1994 as a formal photographic company. Initially he used paragliders and motorised paragliders to complete most of his work, but soon took the next step to obtain his wings in aeroplanes where he now has over 3500 flying hours to his credit in numerous aircraft, including a few hours in turbine aircraft and jet fighter trainers.

He is now particularly driven to make a success of everything he undertakes, both professionally and in his sports and recreational pursuits.

His vision is to continue growing his photographic services and awareness thereof in the market, highlighting the advantages of utilising cost-effective aerial photography and is proud of the team of Keith, Lucia, Mark and Russell.

He also hopes to produce a quality publication of aerial images around southern Africa in the not too distant future…

 


Skywings Paragliding Club

Skywings Paragliding Club


Skywings Paragliding Club was formed in 1991 and has established several sites over the years. It continues to maintain these sites, using membership fees and goodwill to do so. Skywings has agreements with land owners, among others, which include popular sites such as Beach Hotel, Serpentine, Gerricke point, Tolberg, and Kleinkrantz.

 

Skywings is a legitimate club registered with SAHPA and has a healthy membership of over 50 local and country members and is run according to the club constitution. Skywings belongs to its members. It is run for its members by its members via a Management Committee. A new committee was elected in October 2012 with a vision of creating unity in the sport, encouraging all to fly and supporting our Commercial Operators. Honest and transparent dialogue with stakeholders is encouraged.

 

With it’s roll out of the Mentorship program, we aim to pair less experienced pilots with more senior ones that will assist and encourage continued participation in the sport and sharing of knowledge. Successful “Open Day’s” have been held where Instructors host a morning training session for all that are keen to try paragliding. More are to be held in future.

Skywings also hosts flying competitions that draw vast interest and camaraderie and is an incubator for future competitive pilots, as well as being an excellent practice ground for experienced competitors.

EVERYONE is welcome to join Skywings Paragliding Club.

  

Deon Borrett, the owner of Dolphin Paragliding, has been an active commitee member of Skywings Paragliding Club for the past 15 years. Serving the interests of paragliding within the Garden Route, he has been involved with the maintenance of launch sites within Skywings club structure. Deon Borrett has also pioneered and helped develop many of the existing sites. 

He continues to serve the community through his portfolio as site liason and competitions director for Skywings and looks forward to serving on the commitee for the next 15 years.

 


 

Baz Bus for paragliders

Baz Bus for Paragliders

  

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What Is Baz Bus?

  • Baz Bus is a unique hop-on hop-off, door-to-door bus service between the backpacking hostels around South Africa.
  • Simply buy one ticket to your final destination and get on and off as many times as you want, wherever you want, with no time limit.
  • Our buses are 22 - seater semi-luxury buses, all with on-board TV & videos, and trailers capable of carrying surfboards and bicycles.
  • Baz Bus runs in each direction between Cape Town and Johannesburg / Pretoria with stops along the coast.

 

Dolphin Paragliding recommends Baz Bus for travelling paragliders who want to backpack and fly while travelling South Africa to use this convenient and cheap method of travelling.

Baz Bus travels to many towns with backpackers that are close to paragliding sites.

 

Top Ten Locations:

 

Mosselbay

1. Dana bay paragliding site, an epic ridge soaring site 3km from town. 

2. Hartenbos, great low dune site, only 5km from Mossel Bay central.

 

Wilderness

3. Map of Africa, majestic ridge soaring site overlooking the Wilderness beach.

4. Wilderness Beach Hotel, 4km of cliffs to enjoy the day with.

 

Sedgefield

5. Gerickes point, panoramic site overlooking the beautiful Gerickes bay, epic ridge soaring.

6. Sedgeview, the best coastal thermic site in the world, overlooking the ocean, lakes and rivers of Sedgefield.

 

Knysna

7. Brenton on Sea, wonderful easy ridge soaring site with views onto Buffalo Bay.

 

Plettenberg Bay

8. Piesangs Valley, in town, great site.

9. Uplands, 15km out of Plettenberg Bay, great thermic site.

 

Durban

10. The Bluff, great ridge soaring site, close to city centre.

 


 

Subcategories

  • Celebrity Corner

    Sho't left for Sa tourism , Nico Panagio for Top Billing and Survivor have all flown with the winiing team of Dolphin Paragliding .