Has anyone done paragliding before? Or passed out at a really inappropriate time? Am interested in hearing other peoples experiences. I did it for the first time last week (tandem thank the gods) and i blacked out! Like in the air!!
I don't think it was fear i was a bit anxious before but i loved the take off and the first 15 minutes or so of the flight were amazing. I've done a bungee jump and a tandem parachute jump before and was totally fine. It all started to go wrong when the pilot did a few circles while descending and i started to feel sick. I told him i wasn't feeling well and he tried to keep us in as straight a line as possible but the nausea just kept getting worse then my hands and feet got really bad pins and needles. Luckily he had headed for the landing spot as soon as i'd said i felt sick ...the last thing i remember was looking at the lake we were flying over and thinking how sparkly and pretty it looked then when i woke up i was on the ground! The pilot was a total legend he managed to land us both and i didn't get injured at all.
I've never blacked out before so am a bit freaked out that i allowed it to happen at such an inappropriate moment but i just couldn't stop it. Around the time of the pins and needles i had a few seconds where i thought i was going to die and i don't know whether it was that or just a physical process, that caused the black out. The pilot said that blood sugar levels drop during paragliding and it was early in the morning so i hadn't eaten much.
It's really put me off doing anything like that again as i don't think i'd be able to trust myself