Discovery Solo - Paragliding - $647
The Discovery Solo Paragliding Course will impart you with sufficient skills to fly as the pilot in command during a paragliding high mountain flight.
At iParaglide we have trained over 800 students in first flight paragliding courses over our 15 years of operation and take pride in keeping our pilots safe. This, among other core values, is what distinguishes us from other schools.
Safety is at the heart of everything we do and it is something that is created, not chanced upon. We achieve safety through persistence to some founding principles and a carefully selected and controlled environment.
We also deliver efficient and effective paragliding programs, with our Discovery Solo course content designed to significantly exceed both the HPAC and USHPA P1 Student standards while done in an optimal progression, thus simultaneously achieving enhanced performance and reduced learning time frames.
Some people were just born to fly. They have known for as long as they can remember, always yearning to be up in the sky with the birds. Even their dreams are inhabited by the most pleasant and incredible flying experiences. They want to fly, and feel comfortable with leaving the ground for the first time on their own.
If you are one of these people, we offer a first high mountain flight paragliding solo course that will safely take you there in 10 hours (minimum) of intensive paraglider pilot training. Pilots should set a side an entire weekend, from dawn to dusk, to allow for changing weather conditions.
We supply all the required equipment: paraglider, paragliding harness, paragliding reserve parachute, helmet and radio. The only thing that we ask that you bring is some sturdy and agile footwear with good ankle support: work boots, hiking boots or light hikers.
Discovery Paragliding Theory
We begin with giving you a paragliding sport overview and basic principles of paragliding aerodynamics and how to launch, fly and land a paraglider.
Paragliding Slope Soaring
From classroom theory we move on to Slope Soaring on grass fields with small, gentle slopes where you begin to apply real skills to learn how to control the paraglider and safely launch and land.
You will learn how to lay out the paraglider and sort the lines in preparation for take off; work with the wind to inflate and bring the paraglider overhead; control and kite the paraglider; and accelerate and run with the paraglider to gain take-off speed.
When the moment is right, we have you make your first paragliding flight off the training hill. Note that we never "jump" off the hill. Similar to an airplane on the runway taxiing and building speed for take-off, we are gently lifted off our feet for take-off when we achieve sufficient airspeed over our paraglider through a combination of the wind coming uphill and us running downhill into it. Though only soaring a few feet above the ground, you will be changed forever by these first moments of paragliding flight in all their glory.
At the base of the hill you will learn to flare the paraglider to slow it down, and come in for a soft, controlled paragliding landing.
Paragliding Mountain Flight
When you have successfully completed the slope soaring and theory course modules with a 80% required to pass, we take you for your first high solo paragliding flight off a mountain. Note that some pilots may have to repeat lesson modules at a surcharge.
Your preflight briefing will go over a detailed flight plan including "mission" objectives. You will be carefully monitored and supervised for the duration of the flight by two flight-command paragliding instructors via radio.
A launch instructor will help you set up on the mountain top and launch.
While free from the ground up in the air, you will experience true free-flight, with no windscreen to separate you from total immersion into the sky. You will feel the air rushing softly around you. You will fly in a comfortable padded seat paragliding harness that will immediately allow you to feel secure and supported above the incredible vista below. You will soar high above the valley with meandering rivers below, while cobalt blue glaciers glisten in the bowls of the majestic mountains that surround you. At times you will experience the "aha" moment, the feeling of omnipotence, like some sky god from Greek mythology, soaring above the tiny, mere mortals below.
You will be guided via radio to the landing field where a landing paragliding instructor will guide you down for a gentle landing. Afterwards, you will be debriefed on the accomplishment of your objectives for the flight.
This program is a quick way to discover the joy of paragliding. Most people are immediately hooked for life!
Discovery Solo - Paragliding - $647 (+$67 theory repeats, +$157 slope soaring repeats, +$297 additional days)*
* 10 hour course (minimum). Pilots must reserve a full weekend from dawn to dusk to allow for changing weather conditions and individual progress rates. Pilots not attending scheduled days or leaving mid-day will be charged $297/day for additional days, as required, or forgo course components on missed days. Includes: discovery-level theory, slope soaring and a dual instructor supervised paragliding mountain flight. Requires successful completion with an 80% score on theory and slope soaring, otherwise these paragliding modules must be repeated at an additional cost of $67 and/or $157, respectively. Includes transportation and use of all required equipment. We ask that you bring your own sturdy, agile footwear with ankle support (ex. hikers) and warm athletic clothing providing full body coverage. Some landing sites require a $5/day fee payable by the student to the land owner. Full payment of the course and time commitment to specific dates must be received prior to commencement of paragliding training, with no refunds for partial course completion. We reserve the right to discontinue training any student not following directions or conducting themselves in a manner that may endanger themselves or others.
Slope Soaring Upgrade
** If you have completed Slope Soaring with us and would like to try your first paragliding solo, we will credit $167 from the Slope Soaring against the Discovery Solo course. We will only do this if you sign up and pay for the Discovery Solo paragliding course later in the same day as the Slope Soaring, which you must have scored at least 80% to have passed, and continue with the paragliding flights immediately, while the knowledge is still fresh. Terms in * above apply.