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AUTUMN / WINTER Morocco
Elementary Pilot beginners course

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 (02/11 to 16/11).

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 8th 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.

Suitable for:

  • complete beginner

What is in the EP course?

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 4 pilots per clinic, 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

Location

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation

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 ensuite bathrooms and you will have your own authentically decorated room. You do not need to share unless you request it.

Check out the photos & videos of the lodge in the Gallery.

Getting there

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.

What's included

  • 6 days EP course & transport

  • 7 nights half board in your own room

  • Moroccan airport transfers

  • modern new each season paragliding equipment

 

COURSE DATES 2019/20

NOVEMBER 02-09 FULL

                   09-16 FULL

JANUARY    11-18 Available

More 2020 SEASON DATES RELEASED SOON!

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Cost

£1095

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 £1025 each.

Extras

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 £89 which is enough for EP course 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 JS Insurance

FAQ

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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