[LEVEL 1] BEGINNER PARAGLIDING TRAINING

Paragliding Training for Beginners

The Basic License is your ticket to flying solo in South Africa and around the world. Your ticket to freedom in the sky. Our Basic License Training Program is designed with safety, progression and affordability in mind. Fun is guaranteed. Our system draws on the methodology used in traditional aviation where we start with tandem instructional flights (dual flight training) before moving on with solo ground school training and solo flying. Our modular training system breaks up the license into 3 phases. This modular approach assists with affordability and is less time committing than the traditional fixed-fee approach. Phase 1 includes full gear hire as a standard so that you need not fork out large amounts of money just to get started. Phase 2 is FREE and done at your leisure. Phase 3 is also completed based on your availability. 

Progress Safely. Progress at Your Pace. Progress.

Phase 1: 3 Day Basic License Training Course (R9499)

Who’s it for: 

  • You know for sure that they want a paragliding license, 
  • You are unsure if a paragliding license is something for you
  • Tourists/locals looking for something more than a standard tandem flight

Day 1: Instructional Tandem Flights (up to 5)

Your first day of training begins with an introduction to your instructor, a little paperwork, and then straight into instructional flying. Over the course of the flights, you will learn about and perform various of the manoeuvres that you will need as a solo pilot to qualify for your Basic License. These flights will be done with your instructor sitting alongside you in a tandem paraglider (built for 2 people) which means that you get one-on-one attention for every flight. Flying together with an instructor means that feedback is immediate and the student’s anxiety is lower than flying solo. This safety net of an instructor on board enables students to take in more. 

Day 2: Ground School

After completion of the tandem flights your next training day is a full day of ground school training. The introductory theory in this session will deepen your understanding of the equipment and the sport as a whole. The practical training will have you simulating takeoffs on the ground with solo training equipment as well as practising turns and landings in our custom-built harness simulator. 

Day 3: Supervised Solo Flights (Up to 5)

Your 3rd training day is when you will get to make your first solo flights under the guidance of our instructor/s. Our flying site is chosen depending on the weather forecast for the day. After performing all of your pre-flight checks (learnt during the ground school) your instructor will give you a final check-out, provide you with the flight plan, and talk you through the launch and landing. In-flight instruction takes place via the use of 2-way radios.

FAQs:

Q. Do I need my own equipment?
A. No, we provide all the necessary equipment for Phase 1 training. You only need comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather and training. We recommend hiking boots/takkies and pants (short/long). A windbreaker is helpful even on a hot day. The specifics will be communicated to you ahead of your training session.

Q. Do I need my own transport?
A. You will need to arrange your own transport to the paragliding training site. We may be able to assist at an additional cost.

Q. Where are the training sites?
A. Our training sites are based in Cape Town, Paarl and Langebaan

Q. At what age can one start flying?
A.
Solo training flights can take place from 14 years of age (with parental/guardian consent)

Q. What happens if the weather is bad or I can only attend for half a day?
A. Weather and student logistics can mean that we might not be able to train for a full day. We are happy to split training over several calendar days (maximum of 5 calendar days). We split our working day into 4 quarters of 2 hours each.

Q. Can I take this course part-time or full-time?
A. Both options are available

Q. What happens if I need to cancel/reschedule?
A. Students are required to book their sessions with us at least 3 days in advance using our online booking system. Cancellations are accepted up to 48 hours in advance. 

Phase 2: Basic License Theory and Exam (FREE)

After your successful completion of the 3 Day Basic Licence Training Course you qualify to take the full theory lessons as well as complete the open book exam. A pass mark of 85% is required to continue with further training. It is at this stage that we will discuss the various equipment purchase/hire options available.  If by this stage you’re still on the fence about continuing then doing the full theory and exam is a really good idea and it’s FREE. Knowledge gives us understanding and moves us away from fear and doubt.  

Who’s it for: 

  • You know for sure that you want a paragliding license, 
  • You are unsure if a paragliding license is something for you

FAQs:

Q. What happens if I fail the exam?
A. After reviewing your initial submission you can take the exam again. A fee of R299 is charged per exam remark. 

Phase 3: Solo flying instruction & supervision (R149/hr)

In order to qualify for your Basic License (issued by the South African Civil Aviation Authority), you will need a minimum of 35 flights, a minimum of 4 hours of airtime, and various practical requirements (e.g. descent techniques, flying with other pilots, etc.) on a solo glider. These flights have to be under instructor supervision. Your previous flight numbers in Phase 1 count towards these requirements.

Who’s it for: 

  • You know for sure that you want a paragliding license

FAQs

Q. What is the cost of gear hire if I don’t buy gear immediately?
A. R200 per flight or per hour ground handling

Q. How many flights can I expect to do an hour?
A. It’s reasonable to average a flight an hour. So 2 flights for a ¼ day session, 4 flights for a ½ day session, 8 for a full day. There you can expect an average of 25 hours of instructional time in phase 3. Some people of course do it quicker.

Q. What does the hourly rate include?
A. The hourly rate is for instructor time which includes time-on-site and travel time for travel to sites more than 50km from the school base in Paarl. You’re hiring the instructor for the amount of time necessary to conduct your training. 

Q. How many hours of instructor time will be required in phase 3 and what can I expect to pay to complete Phase 3?
A. This will vary depending on how quickly you grasp concepts as well as how much effort you put into ground handling. Check out our cost calculator here

Q. Is training time one-on-one or shared with other students?
A. Training time may be shared with other students. We maintain a maximum student-instructor ratio of 4 students to 1 instructor. If there are more than 4 students training on a day then we bring in additional instructors to maintain a high quality of instruction and supervision. 

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[LEVEL 2] INTERMEDIATE PARAGLIDING TRAINING

[2.1] New Pilot Program

IN PERSON/ for: licensed pilots

PRE-REQ / Basic License

KEY TOPICS / POINTS

  • Further Training
  • Weather forecasting
  • Thermal flying
  • Mentoring
  • Guiding services
  • Aimed specifically at low airtime or newly licensed pilots

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From R799

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[2.2] Intermediate Pilot Program

IN PERSON/ for: licensed pilots

PRE-REQ / Basic License

KEY TOPICS / POINTS

  • More Training
  • XC Flying
  • Thermal flying
  • Mentoring
  • Task flying
  • Aimed at intermediate level pilots working towards their sport license

Available Now

From R799

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[2.3] Practical Weather Forecasting for PG Pilots

ONLINE / for: licensed pilots

PRE-REQ / None

KEY TOPICS / POINTS

  • cold fronts
  • site selection
  • tools (web/app)
  • soundings (skew T’s & stuve)
  • 5 step method
  • Threat & Error Management

Available Now

R499

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[2.4] Thermal flying

ONLINE / for: licensed pilots

PRE-REQ / None

KEY TOPICS / POINTS

  • formation
  • structure
  • behaviour
  • identification
  • prediction
  • mapping
  • Threat & Error Management

Available Now

R499

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[2.5] Cross country flying

ONLINE / for: licensed pilots

PRE-REQ / None

KEY TOPICS / POINTS

  • equipment
  • route planning
  • inflight route adaptation
  • out landings
  • getting back
  • flight review
  • threat & error management

Available Now

R499

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[2.6] Intro to competition flying

ONLINE / for: licensed pilots

PRE-REQ / None

KEY TOPICS / POINTS

  • benefits
  • planning
  • instruments
  • task setting
  • strategy
  • making goal
  • terminology

Available Now

R500

2.5hrs

[2.7] Intro to vol bivouac Flying

ONLINE / for: licensed pilots

PRE-REQ / None

KEY TOPICS / POINTS

  • planning
  • equipment
  • route selection
  • food
  • shelter
  • water

Available Now

R500

2.5hrs