If you could see my face in this photo, it would be a look of horror! This is NOT how your Paraglider should look and I did it on purpose! Last Fall I decided that I needed to take safety more seriously. I was stepping up to my first “C glider,” The @advancegliders Sigma 10. Gliders are rated A through D....a safety and performance rating system for Paraglider’s. An A is a beginners wing and a D and the “open class” wings represents the cutting edge of glide and speed technology. As Paraglider’s increase in speed and performance, the level of piloting to fly them safely also increases. Most expert pilots will tell you that the “Full Stall,” is one of the best maneuvers for becoming a safer and more skilled pilot. Basically it involves pulling down on the breaks until your wing stops flying, at which point you fall backwards and your wing balls up into a horrific flapping mess, at which point you release the breaks in a controlled manner to about half way up and enter into what is called “Back Fly,” at which point Your wing is half open and bucking around a bit, and you are flying backwards. It is extremely unnatural and in the beginning… mortifying. From that position you release the breaks symmetrically and the wing shoots forward dynamically and begins to fly again. If you don’t catch the wing with a quick stab of the breaks, it can collapse or worse, and it’s not uncommon for people to have their full stalls go completely out of control in the beginning. This maneuver teaches you a ton about what is called “Active Piloting,” in the sport. Active Piloting is something akin to a good kayaker staying upright in a raging rapid with quick and adept paddle movements, and believe it or not… sometimes the air we fly in is an invisible raging rapid of turbulence. If you have the required skills it can be exhilarating, and if you don’t it can be really dangerous. After over 40 full stalls, I started to get the hang of it, and while it was uncomfortable at first, I’m really glad I took the time, and I’m super grateful to @codymittanck for coaching me through it! I’m half dreading and half excited to do more of this type of training in the future!