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Elementary Pilot Course

Original price was: £750.00.Current price is: £725.00.

This course is 3–4 days depending on how quick you learn;

Day 1: 

The day normally starts with a classroom or at the hill session with introductions to the school our instructors and the BHPA. You will join the BHPA (British Hangliding & Paragliding Association) as a day member, (this is included in the price of the day course) and is mandatory for everyone who takes part in paragliding through the BHPA.  (The membership DOES include legal liability insurance to cover you in the event of a claim being made against you for injury to another person or damage to property caused by your actions).

Next, we issue each student the (STR) Student Training Record. What is the Student Training Record? This book details all the exercises which make up the training program that you are following. Your instructor and you must use it to record your progress both in the main section and in the log section at the back. You should use it to ensure you fully understand each new exercise before it is attempted. Your student training record will be retained by your school.

After this we will look at site assessments including hazards, airflow and airflow hazards and weather assessment. Next the fun starts and we get an introduction to the equipment. We will learn about the parts and functions of the canopy, harness, and helmet – how an airofoil creates lift – daily inspections will be explained demonstrated, practiced and understood. We will also cover Safety techniques including when and how to use them.

Through ground-based activity the student should achieve a reasonable and consistent level of competence at preparing the equipment for flight: inflating the canopy; running with it whilst looking ahead; how the controls work for directional control – initiating turns – lookout and looking ahead maintaining direction; flaring and collapsing the canopy. The student should now combine the skills practiced on the ground to make straight ground skimming flights (typically less than 5m/15ft) ground clearance.

Day 2:

Will start from where we left off on day 1 with a briefing on the need to prepare before take-off, plans to deal with the unexpected and the responsibilities briefing.

Maintaining course: We will have higher flights typically of about 15m/50ft, where we will start to make slight directional controls to maintain a straight course, we need at least 4 successful flights before we can move on to the next exercise Introducing turns.

Introducing turns: The student should reach a reasonable and consistent level of competence and confidence whilst flying with a greater ground clearance (maximum 30m/100ft), maintaining good airspeed control and making gentle turns. The student will be briefed on turns and the need to avoid low turns and the need for lookout. The turns will be of no more than 90’ (Ie. less than 45’ from directly into wind). Again, we need at least 4 successful flights.

Day 3:

Completing simple flight plans the student should reach a reasonable and consistent level of competence and confidence when making flights with a further increased ground clearance. Flights should involve unassisted launches, turns of 90’ or more with good lookout, good airspeed control and controlled landings in a defined area. The student should be briefed on turns and the need for lookout. At least 4 successful flights must be made. Any increases in altitude must be progressive.

Day 4:

Theory and examination

Through lectures, lessons, talks and personal study the student should achieve the required knowledge level in these subject areas.

Meteorology, Principles of flight, air law, airmanship and Rules of the air.

There will then be a multiple-choice exam to pass before attaining your EP Award


  • Paragliding and paramotoring is a form of aviation, with all the inherent and potential dangers that are involved in aviation.
  • No form of aviation is without risk, and injuries and death can and do occur in paragliding and paramotoring, even to trained pilots using proper equipment.
  • No claim is made or implied that all sources of potential danger to the pilot have or can be identified.
  • No one should participate in paragliding who does not recognize and wish to personally assume the associated risks.