Get your license to fly solo

Phase 1: Beginner Paragliding Training Course (R9499)
Phase 2: Theory and Exam (FREE)
Phase 3: Solo Flight Supervision (R199/hr)

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A game-changer in making solo paragliding even more affordable, accessible, and achievable. Our modular approach to training gets you going with lower start-up costs, higher safety margins and enables you to complete the program at a pace that suits you

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Paragliding Instructor Cape Town

Ria Moothilal

Your Instructor

Ria is a Grade B & C Paragliding Instructor. He has close to 20 years of experience in air sports including skydiving, base jumping and paragliding. He’s a former data scientist, has a BSc in Engineering, cycled across Africa and founder of Air School Paragliding

Starting with a fear of heights Ria is living proof that anyone can learn how to paraglide. He’s passionate about xc (using a paraglider to fly to different places), hike ‘n fly, and teaching others the accelerated path to becoming a competent paragliding pilot. On his “off” days he can be found hiking and flying off some of the less flown paragliding sites around Table Mountain National Park

Program features

Our program is an industry first for paragliding. Created using the same formula as traditional aviation i.e. dual training (flying with an instructor onboard) before moving to solo flights. By providing full gear hire in phase 1 we give you a fuller experience of what paragliding is at a lower start-up cost. Phase 3 is flexible and based on your availability

Frequently Asked Questions

Phase 1 costs R9499 incl full gear hire, site fees and SAHPA membership. Phase 2 is FREE including one exam marking (R299 for resubmissions which require remarking). Phase 3 is charged at R199/hr for the instructor time. 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.

On average you can expect to pay ~R16500 for the full cost of instruction. Check out our cost calculator here 

In total, all 3 phases should take you around 7 training day’s to complete. NB. Training days can be split into sessions of a minimum of 2 hours each, so it depends on your availability.

No, though we haven’t had anyone fail yet. Put in the effort and you’ll pass. The benefit of our phased approach is that enables you to make a firm decision on whether you’re going to commit to attaining your solo (basic) license after Phase 1 i.e. after having a proper introduction without purchasing any gear

We operate 7 days a week from 8 am to 6 pm. The minimimum training block is 2 hours.

It would then be safe to assume that paragliding is not for you 🙂

We’re happy to offer payment plans to assist with splitting up the cost of Phase 1

We accept cancellations up to 24 hours in advance. Simply inform of us of your unavailability and we will reschedule to a time that better suits you

If the weather is not conducive for training we will reschedule to another day at no cost to you

Cancellations and refunds are accepted up to 7 days in advance. If cancelling less than 7 days but more than 24 hours before your booking we will issue a voucher redeemable for a period of one year

The bulk of our training takes place at sites around Cape Town including sites such as Sea Point, Camps Bay, Muizenberg and Blouberg. We might also make use of sites in Paarl, Franschhoek, Langebaan, Sir Lowry’s Pass and Hermanus. Our decisions are based on the weather forecast.


Here’s what our happy pilots had to say about our services:

Air School Paragliding
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10:30 19 Apr 22
All around great experience. Would highly recommend for anyone who is visiting Cape Town. Thanks Ria!
Anna-Mart Van Der Merwe
Anna-Mart Van Der Merwe
05:06 02 Nov 21
It was an amazing experience with RiaHe talked walked and flew everything through giving me the safety net I needed to... enjoy my paragliding trip.They come highly recommended by me.Thx so much Ria I enjoyed this so much and now I can tick tis experience on my bucket list.Safe travels in the sky for you!read more
Thys De Wet
Thys De Wet
19:54 14 Jun 21
Ria's patience and dedication with each student ensures that Air School Paragliding graduates has a thourough... understanding of the theory and practical elements involved in the sport of paragliding. The result is pilots who are safe and able to make good decisions on their own whilts having fun all the way. His pation for the sport is contagious and I would highly recommend Air School more
Stephen Vogts
Stephen Vogts
19:12 14 Jun 21
Air School offers a great service to the paragliding community. With the basic license course giving you a good... foundation from the first ground handling lessons to first flights and aggregating to achieving the license requirements. Then there's the longer term post license progression programs which are hugely beneficial for low airtime pilots to maintain a steep learning curve into the sport. With constant mentoring on all aspects of paragliding and a good introduction to so many great sites, there's a lot of awesome flying to be done. Not to mention all the peers and welcoming community to share your experiences with!read more
Tom Watkeys
Tom Watkeys
15:12 14 Jun 21
Ria is such a helpful guy, always willing to share knowledge and have a laugh in the lighter moments
Kevin Mattison
Kevin Mattison
15:06 14 Jun 21
Ria provided excellent, safe and personalised flight tuition. I thoroughly enjoyed the course.
Jan Daniel Labuschagne
Jan Daniel Labuschagne
14:40 14 Jun 21
The experience of learning to fly with Air School Paragliding was professional and fun. You can expect a high level of... engagement from Ria and the team. You can be sure that the school will teach you to become a proficient pilot. The attention to detail and commitment from the team was astounding, and I can highly recommend the more
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