Paragliding is a sport that involves the use of paragliders, which refer to a kind of lightweight, free-flying glider with no rigid structure for the most part. Generally speaking, paragliders aren’t powered by an engine, though paraglider users are nonetheless capable of flying for hours and hours over hundreds of kilometers. In fact, those with more expertise and experience are even capable of using sources of lift to gain height, thus enabling travel for longer distances than otherwise possible.
Having said this, while most paragliders aren’t powered using an engine, this is by no means a universal truth. This is because there is something called powered paragliding, though some people might be more familiar with it under the simpler and much more straightforward term of paramotoring.
In short, paramotoring sees interested individuals wearing a motor on their backs, which would be called the paramotor. The paramotor is used to generate enough thrust for the user to get off of the ground using a paraglider, which is a procedure that can be carried out in either still air or even on the level ground. As a result, paramotoring has caught on with a fair number of people out there, both because of its relative simplicity and because it enables interested individuals to experience low, slow flight in a relatively safe manner. Due to this, it is no wonder that there is considerable interest in the costs needed for someone to become involved in the sport of paramotoring.
What Does a Paramotor Cost?
Unsurprisingly, there is a range of costs for paramotoring. In total, interested individuals will need to get a wing, a harness, and a motor if they are interested in paramotoring, which can mean a combined cost of somewhere between $5,000 and $13,000 if they are planning on buying nothing but new equipment. However, there is a lot of nuance involved in these costs, meaning that interested individuals can see a fair amount of variation.
For example, someone who chooses to buy one of the better paramotors out there brand-new can expect to pay something along the lines of $8,000. However, if they are willing to settle for something other than the best, they can see a corresponding fall in the price that they will have to pay, particularly if they are willing to consider pre-owned paramotors as well. Of course, the standard rules for buying pre-owned equipment are applicable in this case. In fact, one could make the argument that they are probably even more important than usual because interested individuals will be counting on the reliability of their paramotors when they are in the air, meaning that they might want to put even more care and consideration than usual into their scrutinizing. In exchange, someone who chooses a used paramotor can find such products for somewhere between $3,000 and $5,000, which is a significant reduction in cost. Similar considerations go for the wings. When someone chooses to buy nothing but the best, they can expect to pay somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000. However, if they are willing to settle for something that is somewhat less excellent, they can expect somewhere between $1,500 and $2,500.
Having said this, interested individuals need to consider the cost of lessons as well. Simply put, some countries require interested individuals to get licensed for the sport, whereas other countries do not. However, whether interested individuals need to be licensed or not, they should make sure to take lessons anyways because the sport is potentially dangerous enough that this is just a matter of common sense. As for the cost of lessons, well, that can go for anywhere from $1,000 to $3,500. In this as in other cases, interested individuals should make sure to go for instructors who are both reliable and reputable. Partly, this is because they want to be able to get their money’s worth, and partly, this is because they want to be able to count on the skills that they will learn when the time comes.
Summed up, people who want to get involved in paramotoring can expect to have to pay for the same set of costs. However, what they will wind up paying can see significant variation depending on what they look for. As a result, putting more effort into the search process is something that can pay off for interested individuals.