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Beginner Hang Gliding Lesson provided by Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding School

Beginner Hang Gliding Lesson

Beginner Hang Gliding Lesson
4.5
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About
this is one of the closest ways to experience what the Wright Brother's experienced over 100 years ago as they trying to conquer the mystery of flight ... and only a few miles away from where they actually took their first flights!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Your lesson will begin with "Ground School", which is about 45 minutes indoors. Once you have completed your Ground School class, you will have a short period to collect your things, use the bathroom and gear up for the flight portion of your lesson. Each student will receive a helmet and harness, which they will carry out to the sand dunes. After gearing up, the entire class will walk out to Jockey's Ridge for the flight portion of your lesson. Each student shall receive 5 training flights per person over the next 2 hours. Once we have completed each student's flights, we will all return to the Hang Gliding School to wrap up and review what you've learned during your lesson.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Your lesson will begin with "Ground School", which is about 45 minutes indoors. Once you have completed your Ground School class, you will have a short period to collect your things, use the bathroom and gear up for the flight portion of your lesson. Each student will receive a helmet and harness, which they will carry out to the sand dunes. After gearing up, the entire class will walk out to Jockey's Ridge for the flight portion of your lesson. Each student shall receive 5 training flights per person over the next 2 hours. Once we have completed each student's flights, we will all return to the Hang Gliding School to wrap up and review what you've learned during your lesson.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 141918P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hang Glider, Helmet, Harness
Exclusions
  • Bottled water
  • sun protection
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • 300 W Carolista Dr, Nags Head, NC 27959, USA Park at Jockey's Ridge State Park main parking lot. The Hang Gliding School is located to the left of the visitor center.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers
Inclusions
  • Hang Glider, Helmet, Harness
Exclusions
  • Bottled water
  • sun protection
Departure details
  • 300 W Carolista Dr, Nags Head, NC 27959, USA Park at Jockey's Ridge State Park main parking lot. The Hang Gliding School is located to the left of the visitor center.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers
Popular mentions

4.5
12 reviews
Excellent
10
Very good
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DylanCFP
Media, PA60 contributions
Nic! Nic! Get Nic. He was great with our early teen daughters and us. Nic! Nic! Nic!
Jul 2021
2 families, 5 kids ages 10 to 14, adults 40 to 52. We ALL had a blast. Nic was flawless. We all learned so much & were striving to improve, but having a BLAST at the same time. My sides still hurt. Not from crashing, but from laughing in between flights. Very easy physically. The hardest part was walking through the sand dunes to get there (1/4 to 1/2 mile) & back. You don’t have to be an athlete to do this. I‘m still trying to work my way back from major surgery without access to a gym(COVID-19). I always felt safe and heights make me uncomfortable. when I did a nose-dive into the sand, it was no big deal. (Totally my fault I pulled in instead of pushing out). Nic was great motivating and encouraging each of us. He also did a great job of adjusting to each of us. The instructors are close enough to protect you from making a flight error. They kind of fly you like a kite. For each of the four in my family, this was the 2nd best highlight of a great trip (Only behind spending time laughing with close friends and family).
Written 25 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rebekah A
Claremore, OK37 contributions
Gliding in the OBX
Jul 2021 • Family
I read about hang gliding with Kittyhawk kites in a blog about things to do with your kids in the OBX, so I decided to try it with my 14 and 15 year olds. It was a wonderful experience. The instructors were all knowledgeable, friendly, and laid back. Five runs insured everyone got to glide and make a solid landing. It was safe and exciting. I would do it again and highly recommend it.
Written 9 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for your review, Rebekah! Come back and fly with us again soon!
Written 24 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Trisha J
Charlotte, NC43 contributions
Amazing Experience!
May 2021
My teenage son and I (40s-something) did the beginner hang gliding lesson. After booking our reservation, we watched the mandatory instructional video several times to familiarize ourselves with the commands and functions we would encounter during the experience. (This was very beneficial as it provided much-needed information for beginners.) Upon arrival, we checked in at the office located in Jockey's Ridge State Park, and an instructor gave our group a walkthrough of the glider components and basic commands. Then, each participant was given a harness and helmet.

After we made the short trek to the dunes, another instructor went over the basic commands and took a "practice" flight off the dune. Then, the group was divided up. My son and I, along with two other participants got Megan as our flight instructor.

My son and I were nervous at first but Megan was professional and provided terrific instructions on all five flights. She was extremely patient, encouraging, and was thorough in delivering instructions/critiques before, during, and after each flight. If given the chance, we would do this again because it was fun!

Tips: Book quickly to get a reservation as spots are limited (10 persons per group). Book a time that works well with your tolerance of the sun and heat and meal times. We booked the 1 p.m. time slot and it was around 3:40 p.m. when we finished up. Take plenty of water to drink, pack sun screen and shades, and wear sand socks or tennis shoes as the sand can get pretty warm. **Consider getting the photo/video package. We did this and we were glad we did because we got 2-minute video of all our flights and 50+ high-quality snapshots of our flights.**
Written 25 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for your review! We're so glad to hear that you and your son enjoyed your lessons. Come back and fly with us again soon!
Written 17 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lisa K
Scottsdale, Arizona5 contributions
Excellent Tour with Drake!
May 2021
The hang gliding lesson was the highlight of our trip! Drake was our guide. His instruction before heading to the dunes was informative. When we got to the dunes Drake continued the lesson and he was the best!!! His direction and helpful tips helped everyone in our party to have successful flights! We had a great time. Highly recommend this tour and would definitely go again. Thanks Drake!!
Written 21 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for your review! We're lucky to have Drake on our team as such an experienced instructor. Come back and fly with us again soon!
Written 17 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jerry S
Chester, IL39 contributions
no call, text , email
Apr 2021 • Couples
They want a 48 hour notice if you cancel but provide no notice if they cancel. My wife and I showed up at the correct time for our appointment only to find out the lesson was cancelled due to high wind. That's understandable but no phone call, no email, no text prior to showing up. What's worse was that I was at Oregon inlet campground and had a transportation issue so I had to Uber to the lesson so not only the wasted hour traveling there and back but we spent 60 dollars on the Uber, a cost that could have been prevented with a text, email, or phone call from them.
Written 26 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for your feedback. We apologize for the lack of communication. Unfortunately, that day the wind changed suddenly and unexpectedly. The decision to cancel the lesson for safety due to high winds was made just before the lesson start time. We understand that this does not make up for the disappointment and frustration you experienced, but we hope that you come back and fly with us soon.
Written 17 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Climber257874
1 contribution
Must Do!
Oct 2020
Great experience! Great instructors and good for beginners. My kids said that it was the most fun they had while in OBX.
Written 26 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for your review! Come back and fly with us again soon!
Written 4 November 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ilya Druker
3 contributions
Trust them: they'll teach you flying
Oct 2020
These guys did the impossible: they taught me to fly. I mean really. Theoretical guidance, practical flights in different weather conditions (strong wind, crosswind, no wind, gusty wind, raining, fog), valuable feedback, numerous tips eventually did the job

Thanks to the all staff. My special thanks to Bowen, Charlie, Drake, Nick.
Written 25 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for your review! I’ve passed your comments along to Bowen, Charlie, Drake, and Nick. Come back and fly with us again soon!
Written 4 November 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Birthing G
6 contributions
Fantastic! Instructors Dalton and Noah! My 10 year old liked it so much we came back a second day!
Aug 2020 • Family
Amazing time! Instructors were knowledgeable and attentive. We had Dalton! He was fantastic.
My 10 year old loved it so much she came back a second day! Thank you for an amazing experience.
Written 20 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
KittyHawkKitesInc
Thanks for your review! We're so glad you and your daughter had such a great time. Keep flying!
Written 21 August 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cameron M
73 contributions
One of the Highlights of our trip to the OBX - Loved the staff and experience
Jul 2020
Awesome experience! The staff were professional, patient, funny, and welcoming! Our 3 kids (ages 18, 20, 22). enjoyed beginner lessons on the dunes at Jockey's Ridge. Charlie did the ground school and E was their instructor for the flights. The instructors were energetic and positive throughout the 3 hours we were at the park. They were so helpful and kind throughout the experience in spite of the heat. They gave great instruction and carried the hang glider up the hill after each flight ready to go again. Our kids loved it so much they scheduled a 2000 ft tandem flight for 2 days later at the Cotton Gin, Jarvisburg. There the staff was just as welcoming and fun. We met Billy who gave the safety briefing, Eli who drove us on the golf cart out to the field, Jonny who flew the plane and gave us a bit of history about the place. He was so kind and patient and did a great job flying the kids on their 2000 ft Tandem flight. Our daughter was celebrating her birthday and he made it extra special for her. They all treated us like family. The tandem pilot was Andy who did a great job instructing and making the flight one they will never forgot! The other tandem pilot, Mike was just as nice. We were able to purchase video from the flights as well (bring cash or check for the video card but it will be worth it-there is an ATM nearby). It was so refreshing to see a group of people who love what they do and want to make sure you love it, too. Thank you for making our vacation one to remember!
Written 31 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for your review, Cameron! We love that you and your family enjoyed your time learning how to fly. I've passed your comments along to Charlie, E, Billy, Eli, Jonny, Andy, and Mike. Come back and see us again soon!
Written 11 August 2020
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hbombers
Austin, TX93 contributions
Really fun, but hard work!
Jul 2020
Floating across the dunes is an amazing fun experience. The training and comfort you get from the instructors is great. It doesn't feel scary at all, since the instructors hold your glider the whole time, and you get 5 maybe 6 feet off the ground tops.

Overall, a great introductory experience.

Important! It is HARD WORK! Be prepared to climb sand dunes, hike about 0.25miles in sand, and then RUN RUN RUN down the dune... only to have to climb back up it. It's very hard and hot work. [but worth it!]
Written 27 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for your review! Come back and fly with us again soon!
Written 11 August 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding School
Sirius57
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Fantastic experience!
Highly recommended - our family had a wonderful time. Beautiful park and sand dunes, fantastic staff and so much fu
matt27098
matt27098
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Expensive Ground school
We booked this experience hoping it would be the highlight of our trip. We showed up on a beautiful day. Sat throug
815rachaeld
815rachaeld
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Beginner Flight School was Great!
Our family did this - it was fun for all ages (younger children and parents). The instructors are patient and lov
PartsUnknown4Evr
PartsUnknown4Evr
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THE BEST EVER!!!! Please read .....
As long as I can remember I have been fascinated with flight of all types and as a kid I used to jump off our outsi
885phillyd
885phillyd
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Great experience and I look forward to doing it again ASAP
I went there not knowing what to expect and learned fasted they are great with little kids and adults and they take
Lindy031
Lindy031
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Just Wow!!
I thought this sounded fun for my family, including 2 teens and it was wonderful! we are very active-surf, snowboar
bobber84mn
bobber84mn
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Great time!!!
Our family of 5 took Hang Gliding Lessons on a Friday in July with Drake. Our 3 daughters, age 11-17, had a great t
175lyndao
175lyndao
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Great fun for whole family
Wow! Wolf (yes, really that's his name) did a great job leading a diverse group through the basics. Our group (our
tank1050
tank1050
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fantastic time, great experience
What a fun thing to do and such a great experience. They start in a building off of the park parking lot, not at t
Rich D
Rich D
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2000 foot flight
After watching the hang gliding at Jockey’s Ridge I opted for the 2000 foot flight school. This was a short drive i
Spudster19
Spudster19
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Great Experience
This is a great place to learn/experience hang gliding. The staff are friendly, professional, and great with kids.
AdventureFamilyof4
AdventureFamilyof4
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Hang Gliding School
Luke & Charlie were FABULOUS! These instructors work hard! The ground school portion was made fun by a laid back
dimouza
dimouza
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Great hang gliding learning experience for kids!
Thank you Jesse, Jesses and Eli for making my son’s 12th birthday trip so fun! Great (patient and energetic...need
HJD435
HJD435
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High flying adventure
Did the hang gliding 5 flight class for 12 of us ages 8-68. Everyone had a super time. The staff made it great and
hvisitor2018
hvisitor2018
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Fantastic Instructors
I went this past weekend with a group of friends. I was unable to do it due to a back injury that I have but I love
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