Congratulations on your decision to become a certified paraglider pilot. The program you are embarking on is School-Basic Coursedesigned to give you the best results but is a thorough and intensive course for which the outcome is to turn you into a safe, confident and competent pilot.
During this program you will learn about glider aerodynamics, meteorology, thermal flying, ridge soaring, flight manoeuvres and emergency procedures. The course starts at our local training fields and progresses to our training hill in D'Urberville Hills where the mild weather conditions and forgiving slopes provide gentle low take offs and easy landings for your first solo flights. Here we focus on building your launching, landing and flight techniques through intensive ground handling and repetitious flights, before progressing to higher launch sites.
The course length is variable, the average student taking 9 days to complete the logged skill requirements and Basic Licence written exam, but our objective is to give you that extra input and we therefore include 3 extra days to help you build your confidence and ensure you get some advanced flying tips that will see you safely integrated into the wonderful world of paragliding.
You will have the greatest success in paragliding if you can immerse yourself in the course and then continue with regular flying, perfecting of your ground handling and aerial skills long after you have completed the course. Paragliding is a never ending learning experience.
The down side is that if you require more than 15 days, or 6 weeks from your initial lessons to complete your Basic License course, additional fees will be required.
So give it "HORNS" and get your license! Private lessons are available at R300/hour.
Don't forget to bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, lots of water, something light to snack on, your manual and proof of payment. After completion of the course you will have acquired the skill and knowledge to fly without direct instructor supervision at most of the sites in South Africa.
This course is internationally recognised and the beginning of your free-flying career. For those who live in Cape Town, you have the option to join the Glen Paragliding Club. Our clubhouse is at Clifton, directly below Lions Head, our home flying site. The landing zone is the green field in the picture to the left.
At our monthly meetings, first Wednesday of every month, you will have the opportunity to meet like minded people passionate about flying.