You have tried a paragliding tandem flight and like it or You just like the idea of freedom and nature!
You have been dreaming of flying for years or You are just born to fly !
Whatever is your reason you can jump to training!
You will begin with ground training including launching, controlling and landing a paraglider and then you will experience your first flights from a small hill. The basic theory about aerodynamics and meteorology will give you a good understanding about how a paraglider flies and on completion of the course you will be enjoying many flights from the top of the mountain.
The main purpose of the Paragliding Beginner’s Course is to provide the foundation for enjoyable and safe flying. Close contact with your instructor will help you to overcome natural fears of height and motion.
People are different and their progress in paragliding varies but we are flexible and fit most personalities. Weather is also a key factor for all kinds of aviation but in most cases you should expect the following training program:
Day 1: basic theory of aerodynamics and a paraglider’s construction; practice of a Parachute Landing Fall; introduction to paragliding equipment and checks; ground practice of take off, controlling and landing a paraglider; first flights from the training hill.
Day 2: 5-10 top to bottom flights from the training hill: forward launch, learning to control the glider in the air and attempts of landing approaches; more theory of aerodynamics and introduction to micrometeorology.
Day 3: 5-10 top to bottom flights from the training hill: forward or reverse launch; better control and landings; more theory of aerodynamics and rules of the air.
Walking up the 50 m high training hill with 10 kg equipment for 5-10 times during the first training days is inevitable. It’s also a good fitness exercise 🙂
Day 4: 2-4 flights from the high mountain; instruction in reserve parachute use; first big solo flights: development of your sense of height, speed and distance; practise of turns and landing approaches.
Day 5: 2-4 flights from the high mountain; turns, improving your landing approaches and correcting mistakes; rear riser (emergency) steering; more theory of micrometeorology.
Day 6: 2-4 flights from the high mountain; turns, improving your landing approach, correcting mistakes and adding more elements to active and safe flying.
After the completion of the beginner’s course, pilots can fly confidently from safe sites in easy conditions. Discovering new flying sites and weather conditions can still be dangerous and we recommend that you look for advice from local experienced pilots or instructors.
Next steps are:
1. To have 20-30 top to bottom flights in order to build confidence and a basic routine.
2. Enroll onto the intermediate training course
Continuing further with the advice of books and fellow pilots is sweet but risky and slow.
Can’t decide between Beginners course and BHPA EP – check the difference here!