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iParaglide Location

Located at 962 - 51st Street Tsawwassen, near Vancouver, BC, Canada, for all your paragliding needs. We are ideally situated just minutes away from the finest training hill at Diefenbaker Park.

iParaglide Flying Sites

We are central to paragliding sites in the Vancouver, Chilliwack, Pemberton, Whistler, Bellingham and Seattle area so students enjoy maximum variety and we can work with weather to optimize selection of the best location each day.

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We regularly test fly the latest paragliding gear and select only the very finest for our iParaglide Right Stuff Paragliding Equipment Store. This ensures our paraglider pilots enjoy a state of the art performance and safety advantage to accelerate their learning curve.

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iP3 - Intermediate Paragliding Pilot - $1,247 

The purpose of the iParaglide iP3 Intermediate Pilot paragliding rating and associated seminars is to empower the pilot with the skills required to embark on extended thermal cross-country flights.  The seminars are comprised of:

  • Intermediate kiting, theory and exam seminar; 
  • Paragliding Reserve Parachute seminar;
  • Simulation of Paragliding Flight Incidents SIV seminar; 
  • and Paragliding Cross Country seminar.

Once you have spent some time solo flying your paraglider, you will come to a point when you are very comfortable with your launch, flying and landing skills and have a desire to move to the next level of paragliding.

You will have acquired a minimum of 90 properly documented flights and 60 hours airtime in order to achive Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada (HPAC) Intermediate Rating Standards.

Note that if you are a US pilot, or prefer the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA) standards, iParaglide can also train you to the USHPA intermediate standards, requiring 90 flights and only 20 hours. 

You may have had some limited ridge soaring and thermaling experience.  Your passion for the sport of paragliding has only grown with time.  Now you look for ways to improve your performance: to extend your flying envelope; to stay up longer and higher; to reach out for your first cross-country paragliding experiences.

You may also be looking to upgrade your beginner ENA or ENB class paraglider to a more responsive intermediate paraglider ENB or ENC.

Now is a good time to return for some mentoring and coaching to accelerate you to the next level.  It is also an important time to receive additional paragliding safety training that will become important as you venture out into unknown areas during your first cross-country flights.

The joy of thermal and soaring flight cannot be adequately captured in words.  That joy can only be felt by the few mortals who leave the earth hanging under a magical contraption of only fabric and lines and manage to harness the power of the pure elements of the wind and the sun to take them higher into the deep blue sky.  Whether it is wind that is deflected upward by a ridge, rising warm thermal air, or suction created by clouds, the paraglider pilot who endeavors to and is successful in capturing these forces to propel them higher, will always feel hawk-like: a demigod that has overcome all earthly bounds.  Then the magic moment comes, when one intuitively knows that they are high enough, and they fly over to the next mountain.  And so the quest to fly onward, as far as the eye can see, begins.

1-Day Intermediate Kiting and Theory

Intermediate kiting training to polish paragliding launching and landing skills during thermal and moderate wind conditions.

Intermediate paragliding study guide, review and exams: FAA and/or Transport Canada Air Regulations, Aerodynamics, Meteorology, and Thermal and Cross Country Flying Skills, and Aeronautical Chart Reading. 

1-Day Paragliding Reserve Parachute Clinic

Having a paragliding reserve parachute is only half the battle. Understanding the "throw- no throw" scenario is a complex set of decisions and requires a well-understood decision tree. The throw sequence itself requires a precise methodology that can be executed in extreme situations as an autonomous, systematic response. Having the skills to inspect, maintain and repack your paragliding reserve is essential to being a pilot, especially when traveling in a third world countries. Course components include:

Classroom theory including multi-media displays of paragliding reserve deployments gone well and deployment scenarios gone bad.

Multiple reserve deployments from a paragliding simulator.

Multiple reserve repacks in a small group size.

2-Day Paragliding Simulation of Flight Incidents (SIV) Seminar

It is our conviction that it is essential for paraglider pilots at this stage to undergo a Simulation of Flight Incidents (SIV) course (also sometimes termed advanced maneuvers training).

When paraglider pilots first begin extended soaring and thermaling during mid-day conditions, or leave the comfort of known terrain of their home flying site to venture to unknown bowls and ridges: they immediately expose themselves to the possibility of encountering sudden unexpected turbulence.  Thus, it is essential for paraglider pilots to know how to prevent and/or correct for paraglider collapses and other non-standard flying configurations, prior to exposure to this risk.

We teach you recovery and prevention techniques for all possible unintentional, non-standard paragliding flight occurrences.  We will emulate the DHV test maneuvers that are used to certify your paraglider.  These will include some of the following categories:

  • take-off;
  • level flight;
  • turn behavior;
  • symmetric stall;
  • symmetric tuck;
  • symmetric tuck (accelerated);
  • asymmetric tuck;
  • asymmetric tuck (accelerated);
  • counter steering an asymmetric tuck;
  • full stall (symmetric exit);
  • full stall (asymmetric exit);
  • spin at trim speed;
  • spin in stationary turn;
  • spiral dive;
  • b line stall;
  • and landing.

In this manner, you will gain valuable insight in the DHV test process and see first-hand how your paraglider reacts at the limits of the flight envelope.  You and your paragliding instructor will fill out a sample DHV test form during the clinic after each flight to establish your independent results to see how they measure up to the actual DHV report for your paraglider.

Emphasis during the course will be on: deliberately inducing the particular non-standard paragliding flight configuration to understand how it may occur inadvertently; maintaining the configuration to be able to see and recognize when it has occurred; and then learning the most efficient techniques for rapid recovery to normal paragliding flight.

For your safety, all paragliding clinics will be conducted over a lake with a rescue boat on standby.  We use a specialized jet boat equipped with a pro-tow hydraulic pay out winch to tow you as high as three thousand feet above the lake (depending on conditions) where you will release and begin your routines while guided from the shore by your instructor.

Use of this specialized towing equipment allows us to not be dependant on wind direction and good cycles like other mountain launch based paragliding clinics.  This means we can operate in most wind directions and strength up to 20 kmhr. The result is that you will get more flights per day and also will learn more and enjoy while you wait for tow and watch each participant directly above you doing their maneuvers while hearing the paragliding instructors directions. Simply, a far more efficient and effective way of doing SIV. 

Alternatively, we may also use helicopters to deliver you to high mountain sites overlooking lakes.

1-Day Paragliding Cross Country Clinic

Our 1-day Cross Country Clinic will be comprised of the following components:

Air-to-Air Radio Supervision and guidance during first paragliding Cross-Country Flights.

Study and use of intermediate level paragliding equipment designed to assist you with your cross-country flying.  All of our latest intermediate class paragliders and instrumentation will be available for you to test fly free of charge.

iP3 Intermediate Paragliding Rating Value Package: 1-Day Intermediate Kiting and Theory; 1-Day Reserve Parachute Seminar; 2-Day SIV Simulation of Flight Incidents Seminar; 1-Day Cross Country Seminar: $1247*

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* Price includes boat tows or helicopter transportation for SIV seminar. For Cross Country Clinic, there is an i4X4 fee for rides up the mountains at $10-$20 per trip depending on the mountain. For pilots carpooling from iParaglide or Ikea, there is a $80/day iRide fee which includes mountain transportation. Students must have their own complete set of paragliding equipment. Reserve parachutes, back protection, helmet, hook knife, radio with spare battery, and boots with ankle support are mandatory. Course module must be completed successfully with a minimum pass mark of 80%, otherwise, modules will have to be repeated at a surcharge. On course completion, requires student payment of intermediate (P3) rating fees and yearly insurance fees to USHPA/HPAC. Some landing sites require a $5/day fee payable to the landowner. Full payment of the course and time commitment to specific dates must be received prior to commencement of 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.

1-Day Paragliding Intermediate Kiting and Theory: $197**

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**Price includes: intermediate kiting training; study guide including air navigational chart interpretation and use, airspace classification, airspace regulations; and exams. Terms in * above apply.

1-Day Paragliding Reserve Parachute Clinic: $147***

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***Price includes: throw-no-throw theory, throw sequencing, multiple deployments from simulator, multiple paragliding reserve repacks. Small group size to ensure pilots learn to pack on thier own. Terms in * above apply.

2-Day Paragliding SFI Clinic: Price: $797****

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****Price includes all transportation, including boat tows or helicopter fare for SFI clinic.  Terms in * above apply.

1-Day Paragliding Cross Country Clinic: $197*****

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*****Price includes theory on how to thermal effectively and air-to-air supervised cross country flight. Transportation to launch and retrieving. Terms in * above apply.