Kids Hang Gliding Lessons

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$139 per person

Lesson Rates (includes Ground School)
  • Kids Lesson - $139 per participant
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  • Package per Person - $39 + tax
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Kids Lessons are designed specifically to safely teach children that are 13 and under or anyone that weighs less than 100 lbs. Teenagers that weigh more than 100 lbs (and adults) are able to book the regular Beginner Hang Gliding Lesson, which runs simultaneously with the Kids Lesson.


As our demand slows down in the off season, we continue to offer Kid’s Lessons every day that we teach, but we ask that you call ahead to reserve a “Kid’s Lesson”.

Kids Lessons are available all year. We teach the “Kids Lesson” simultaneously with our regular class so that everyone in the family may participate together.

We teach Kid’s Hang Gliding all year!

The Kid’s Hang Gliding Lesson is designed for ages 13 and under or anyone under 100 lbs! We’ve taught children as young as 4, and although there is no minimum weight requirement the child must be able to follow simple commands. Our experienced instructors will control the hang glider while running beside the glider during each flight to ensure that your child has a safe and thrilling experience. For safety reasons, we cannot allow a child to fully control a free flying hang glider, but they will experience the sensation of launching, flying and landing on the sand dune!

Kids Hang Gliding Lessons are conducted at our training facility in Jockey’s Ridge State Park located at Mile Post 12 in Nags Head, NC. The dunes of Jockey’s Ridge provide the perfect platform for learning to hang glide – they have plenty of height for beginners and are soft for landing. Through special arrangement with the State Park Service, we are allowed to conduct hang gliding lessons from these dunes. We have been providing lessons at this site for over 25 years.

The Kid’s Hang Gliding Lesson is 3 hours long and starts with check-in (30 minutes prior to class time). Each class has no more than 5 students per instructor. The class begins with a ~30 minute ground school to learn the basics of hang gliding.

After ground school, the kids proceed to the dunes via a scenic walkway. It’s about a 200 yard walk to the base of the dunes. Once they have climbed to the the top of the dunes, (the instructor carries the glider) they begin their solo hang gliding flights. The instructor is there to help. He/she will help the kids get into the harness, provide any last minute instructions, and help them launch.

They will run into the wind, and depending on the wind conditions, they can travel anywhere from 30 to 100+ yards at 5 feet above the sand. Each trip down the dune is termed a “flight.” The standard beginner lesson includes 5 flights. At all times, 2 instructors will be controlling the glider, guiding the glider (and student participant) down the dune.

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The Friends of Jockey’s Ridge is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the support and maintenance of programs and the development of facilities of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Their mission is to support, enhance and promote Jockey’s Ridge State Park as a significant geologic feature of the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

From the earliest of times, Jockey’s Ridge has been enjoyed by many natives and visitors to the Outer Banks. It is a unique park due to its geological features and due to its natural movement and change. To help establish the Park an earlier nonprofit organization, called the People to Preserve Jockeys Ridge, was formed in the early 1970’s at a time when the dune was threatened with development for houses. As a result of their efforts, Jockey’s Ridge became a State Park in 1975. Today the park is enjoyed and supported by more than 1 million annual visitors.

Join the Friends of Jockey’s Ridge and support the organization!

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