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AUTUMN / WINTER MOROCCO
Elementary Pilot beginners course
£1295 half board, own room en-suite
This is your first step to learning how to paraglide. And what a fantastic place to do it! Our BHPA (British Hang & Paragliding Association) certified course takes you from complete beginner to Elementary Pilot (EP) in 5 days or less of tuition. (our course is actually 6 days which gives plenty of time to complete the course and to go on and start some CP tasks at no extra cost!)
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.
If you would like to go from zero to hero in a 2 week course - this is possible.
This is the most reliable winter location we have found in the northern hemisphere. Moroccos charm and intrigue doesn't just deliver a unique and exciting environment, it delivers super reliable coastal & 800ft ridge soaring and often light thermic conditions too. We are based on the main take off, which is just 25 steps from your room at the fantastic Nid d'Aigle hotel.
Everything you need is on site here. We have a lounge/classroom, restaurant, spa, swimming pool, take off area, top landing area and ground handling areas.
I love the flying environment in Southern Morocco. So much so that I am on my 15th season at this superb playground.
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.
What is in the EP course?
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 6 pilots per 2 instructor 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 about a 1.5 hour drive south from Agadir airport. My technique centre is based on our main take-off site at the fabulous Nid d'agile hotel. In fact your room is about 25 steps from the main launch!
Our other sites are approx. 20 - 40 mins from base.
I believe that comfortable and high quality accommodation is an important part of the learning environment. You will be staying on a half board bases. The friendly pilots lodge serves beautiful local dishes and alcohol is available at the bar. Why not chill on the rooftop lounge and take in the beauty of the massive Saharan night sky.
The swimming pool and spa await you after a long afternoons flying.
All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and you will have your own authentically decorated room. You do not need to share unless you request it.
Several economical airlines fly into Agadir. We will transport you from Agadir to the lodge.
Please check out the FAQ's for more detailed flight info.
6 days EP course & transport
7 nights half board in your own room
Moroccan airport transfers
modern new each season paragliding equipment
Paragliding The Beginners Guide Book worth 23.95
COURSE DATES 2023/24 SEASON
Nov 18-25 Full
Jan 06-13 AVAILABLE
Apr 13-20 AVAILABLE
Dates are check in and check out dates
This is an instructional course with breakfast, 3 course evening meals and equipment included.
If you are a couple or would like to save a little on accommodation and bring a mate to room share, the cost will then be £1235 each.
Non Flying Partners Welcome
If you would like to bring your non flying partner, they are very welcome.
We have beautiful double rooms available. The lodge has numerous chilling areas which are both scenic and peaceful, or there is the pool area too. The hammam spa is available offering massages & a steam room.
The cost for half board accommodation and airport transfers is £550.
Extra charges apply for the Spa. We will try and accommodate you in our vehicles when we can.
If you would like to rent a car for more flexibility with your stay, this is recommended and we can arrange this for you if you choose.
Lunch and drinks (except coffee and tea at breakfast) are not included. Budget on 5-10 quid for lunch.
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.
Travel/medical insurance covering paragliding risks. Morocco is often included as Europe as far as cover is concerned. It's getting harder and harder to find a reasonably priced paragliding policy and they are changing all the time. Here are two options Puffin Insurance (activity 3) & Sportscover Direct.
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..