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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.
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)
Site Assessment Briefing
Introduction to canopy and equipment
PHASE 2 (Ground Handling)
Pre flight checks
Getting into the glider
Launching the glider
PHASE 3 (First Hops)
Getting Airborne (low level)
PHASE 4 (Flight Exercises)
Making basic flight plans
PHASE 5 (Theory and 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.
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
Drive and meet at arranged meeting point.
Train to Preston Park just outside Brighton and we will pick you up.
4/5 days EP course
modern new each season paragliding equipment
Paragliding The Beginners Guide Book worth 23.95
COURSE DATES 2023 SEASON
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.
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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..