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Elementary Pilot beginners course

This is your first step to learning how to paraglide. Our BHPA (British Hang & Paragliding Association) certified course takes you from complete beginner to Elementary Pilot (EP) in 5 days or less of tuition. 

EP is the stage before going on to complete your Club Pilot (CP) qualification. Once CP qualified, which takes a further 6 day course, you can fly unsupervised.

Suitable for:

  • complete beginner

What is in the EP course?

Your first steps to gaining your rating to fly unsupervised.

There are 2 preliminary courses you will need to complete before becoming an independent pilot. Elementary course (EP) followed by Club pilot (CP) course.

EP course content

PHASE1 (Ground Training)

  • Introductory Talk

  • Site Assessment Briefing

  • Introduction to canopy and equipment

PHASE 2 (Ground Handling)

  • Pre flight checks

  • Getting into the glider

  • Launching the glider

  • Directional control

PHASE 3 (First Hops)

  • Getting Airborne (low level)

PHASE 4 (Flight Exercises)

  • Higher flights

  • Introducing turns

  • Making basic flight plans

PHASE 5 (Theory and Exam)

  • Theory lectures

  • EP exam

With a maximum of only 2 pilots per course, this ensures that you get the highest quality & safe tuition along with the most productivity from your week. Your progression will be accelerated, safe and fun.

I will provide you with the skill set and confidence that will make you a better independent pilot equipped for the challenges that lay ahead - be that thermalling, cross country, confined landings, reading the weather and so on.

                                    LEARN MORE Download the BHPA Elementary Pilot Training Guide

My Teaching Philosophy

People learn in different ways, at different speeds and want to be pushed to different extents and to different levels. Much of paragliding is a mind game. Hence I don’t try and make you conform to a fixed system. I find a system to suit you. Although we laugh, play and fly as a group, as much as I can, I try to keep the coaching one to one.

My aim is to teach you to ultimately teach yourself. It all starts in the head and creating an environment where you feel comfortable and safe and up for experimenting is vital. That means sending you up on sites & in conditions where you’re comfortable then further challenged but not terrified and where conditions are consistent so that you can really consolidate the skills I teach you.
Small group power.

Many of the techniques, I will teach you 1 on 1. However, in the small group, you may learn as much from others on the course as you do from me! Watching people of a similar standard confront and overcome the same hurdles is powerful and inspirational, as well as being a whole lot of fun


We are located on the South Downs in Sussex

Getting there

Drive and meet at arranged meeting point.

Train to Preston Park just outside Brighton and we will pick you up.

What's included

  • 4/5 days EP course

  • modern new each season paragliding equipment

  • Paragliding The Beginners Guide Book worth 23.95



June/July    AVAILABLE

Sept           AVAILABLE




It is compulsory to join the BHPA to partake in any BHPA course. 3 months Training membership is £100 which is enough for EP course but to ratify your CP qualification you will need a minimum annual member costing £174. Please join and pay this online with the BHPA before your course starts.

Explanation of fees here.

Join here.


Please visit the FAQ page where we may have already answered your question.

To reserve your place

Mail me with your choice of dates. If there is availability on your chosen date we will instruct you about how to send a deposit which will secure your place. You can then go ahead and book your flights and look forward to becoming a better pilot..

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