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BHPA qualification courses

This is your second stage to becoming a qualified Club Pilot Novice. And what a fantastic place to do it! You will learn in similar conditions to UK summer flying. This is very important. Our BHPA (British Hang & Paragliding Association) certified course takes you from Elementary Pilot (EP) to Club Pilot Novice (CP) in 6 days of tuition.

Already started CP but struggling to complete in the UK weather? 

This is the ideal place to complete your CP too. If you complete half way through the week we will continue to teach you for the rest of the week to really set your skills in place - so you don't really loose what you already paid for from your UK course.

Once CP qualified, you can then fly unsupervised if you choose.

BUT If you would like to go from Ep to CP then add on a consolidation Post CP Development course - you can.

It's a great way to prepare you to fly even safer with your new found independence on your return back to the UK.

Here, not only do we have smooth coastal soaring, which is ideal to learn how to really start to understand and pilot your wing, but also gentle thermic conditions which will prepare you for the

challenges that lay ahead.- be that top landing, high wind launches, soaring, turning, confined landings or reading the weather and so on.

Suitable for:

  • current EP or those already part way through a CP course wishing to complete and more.


2 to 1. This ensures you get

loads of attention and increased safety.

With a maximum of only 6 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.

The island works on micro-climates and choosing the correct site can be crucial. Most sites offer a mixture of both thermic and dynamic conditions. At one end of the scale we have El Cuchillo which is a massive thermic pump during the hottest part of the day, to Mirador del Rio, a stunning bowl 1400ft above the landing field with silky smooth air.

As the position of the sun moves, we will follow it and fly two or more sites in a day. There are about five sites that we use 95 % of the time and maybe ten others that we fly occasionally. On a good day there will be 2500 – 3000 ft cloud bases and while this is not a destination for big XC flying, small ones are possible and we’ve helped many pilots through their first XC flight out here.

There is all of this, and then there is the Famara Ridge. The scale takes your breath away! You will take off inland and have to really work to make transitions over gaps until you finally arrive on the costal cliff. From here you can float all the way to Mirador (26 km round trip). It is absolutely stunning to fly above the cliffs, listening to the waves crash nearly half a mile below.

All of the sites are located within a 45 minute drive of the villa and a plentiful supply of hire cars means that we can use different sites at the same time if necessary.

While we will prioritise flying, if we do get a non-flyable period there is so much to see and do on the island which has been settled by the Spanish since the early 1400’s. There are many interesting old buildings and structures including castles, cathedrals, aljibes and salt pans. Architectural development hasn’t been dormant and some of the most iconic structures on the island are designed by the former mayor, Cesar Manrique.

The natural environment is breath taking with a volcanically active area set in the Fire Mountains, the El Jable desert, both recent and ancient lava flows, white and black sand beaches and crystal clear waters surrounding the island to swim.

We eat in some of the places that only the locals know ranging from beach side tavernas to outstanding restaurants. We’ll take you to a cave bar for a cocktail in the evening and it looks like something out of a James bond movie.

Other activities we try to squeeze in include surfing and body surfing, caving, go-Kart racing, hiking, as well as visiting some of the iconic museums

                                    LEARN MORE Download the BHPA 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.



In Lanzarote we stay in a fantastic VILLA in one of the older villages on the island, away from the commercial tourist resorts. There will be a choice of shared or private accommodation in the villa.

We organise breakfasts as well as three meals in the villa each week, using the best of local ingredients and for the remaining nights we can introduce you (if you wish) to some of the special places to eat on the island.

Leaving the UK winter behind and stepping off the plane into warm gentle breezes is a wonderful feeling.

The temperature can vary considerably; while normally pleasant in just a T-shirt and shorts, evenings and mornings can be quite chilly. Occasionally we do get heat waves and midday can be scorching. Fortunately, the sea is never far away and we often end up swimming to cool off.

Getting there

Several economical airlines fly into Arrecife. We will transport you from Arrecife to the villa.

Please check out the FAQ's for more detailed flight info.

What's included

  • Lanzarote airport transfers

  • On Island transport and access to a hire car

  • Luxury accommodation

  • Instruction by 2 BHPA CFI’s and a BHPA instructor

  • Breakfast every morning and dinner on 2 nights

  • Soft drinks, beer and wine in the villa

What's not included

  • BHPA membership

  • Transport to / from Lanzarote

  • Fuel for hire cars

  • Lunch and dinners on 5 nights

  • Insurance







Dates are check in and check out dates


£850 for a shared room

£910 for a private room

This is for people who have started and want to complete their CP or have just recently qualified and are looking for post CP development and coaching.  Equipment can be provided for £100 per week.


It is compulsory to join the BHPA to partake in any BHPA course. 3 months Training membership is £89 but to ratify your CP qualification you will need a minimum annual member costing £148. This can be joined upon your arrival.

Explanation of fees here.

Travel/medical insurance covering paragliding risks. Morocco is often included as Europe as far as cover is concerned. Several insurers now offer to cover paragliding risks but please check.

I use Holiday Safe


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

To reserve your place

Mail me with your choice of dates or if you have any other questions. 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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