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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.

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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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2-Day Paragliding

SIV (Simulation of Flight Incidents), 

Towing & Intro to Acro Seminar    Sep 1-3, 2018


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.

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

iParaglide Pro-Tow Paragliding Hydraulic Payout Winch Advantage: 

We use a specialized pro-tow hydraulic payout winch, mounted on a high speed jet boat, to tow your paraglider as high as four thousand feet above the lake, depending on conditions, where you will release and begin your routines while guided from the shore by your paragliding instructor.

This has a number of advantages over conventional paragliding mountain based launch clinics:

  • You acquire a unique new skill: towing over the water is the safest environment to learn in and will serve you well in the future. When documented in your logbook, it will allow you to immediately para-tow elsewhere, if you intend to become an acro pilot or to fly flatlands.
  • You enjoy a unique paragliding flight on the way up to start altitude, as opposed to a driving up, increasing your flight time, learning and enjoyment.
  • Use of this specialized paraglider 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 almost any wind direction and strength up to 20 km/hr.  The result is that you will get more flights and more maneuvers per day.
  • You will learn more and enjoy during your brief wait for tow, at ground zero, as you watch each participant directly above you doing their maneuvers in sync to the paragliding instructors directions. From this improved perspective, you will learn from the team and the entire event, as well as being greatly energized and entertained.  
  • Hanging out at the beach is more fun than driving up a mountain over and over!

 Simply, a more efficient and productive way of doing paragliding SIV. 



Paragliding SIV (Simulation of Flight Incidents):

We teach you recovery and prevention techniques for possible unintentional, non-standard paragliding flight occurrences.  We begin in the comfort of custom designed paragliding simulator.  Here you will have the opportunity to rehearse the moves in precise and deliberate fashion, until they become motor memory, so you can perform them with grace under the pressure and g-forces of the actual moves.   

We will emulate the series of DHV test maneuvers that are used to certify your paraglider, depending on the individual pilots comfort zone and/or learning progression. These may include the following categories:

  • Inflation/take-off;
  • Landing;
  • Speeds in straight flight;
  • Control movement;
  • Pitch stability exiting accelerated flight;
  • Pitch stability operating controls during accelerated flight;
  • Roll stability and damping;
  • Stability in gentle spirals;
  • Behavior in a steeply banked turn;
  • Symmetric front collapse;
  • Symmetric front collapse in accelerated flight;
  • Exiting deep stall (parachutal stall);
  • High angle of attack recovery;
  • Recovery from a fully developed stall;
  • Asymmetric collapse 45-50%;
  • Asymmetric collapse 70-75%;
  • Asymmetric collapse 45-50% in accelerated flight;
  • Asymmetric collapse 70-75% in accelerated flight;
  • Directional control with a maintained asymmetric collapse;
  • Trim speed spin tendency;
  • Low speed spin tendency;
  • Recovery from a developed spin;
  • B-line stall;
  • Big ears;
  • Big ears in accelerated flight;
  • and Alternative means of directional control.

In this manner, you will gain valuable insight in the DHV paraglider 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 for each maneuver done to establish your independent results to compare 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.

Intro to Paragliding Acro

For select paragliding pilots demonstrating the "right stuff" - clean, precise, low drama moves during the SIV components, and dependent on the individual pilots comfort zone and learning progression: we will move ahead with the following possibilities:

  • weight shift wing-overs
  • deep spirals
  • asymmetric spirals
  • high bank wing-overs

Safety First

For your safety, the Paragliding SIV & Intro to Acro Clinic will be conducted over a lake, with a rescue boat on standby. Pilots will be required to have TWO FRS or Ham radios, reserves that have been repacked no longer than 1 year previous, harnesses with back protection, life vests, hook knives, and good ankle support boots.

2-Day Paragliding SIV, Towing & Intro to Acro Seminar > Sep 1-3, 2018 > $1,097

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Students must have their own complete set of paragliding equipment: Reserve parachutes within a year of repack, back protection, helmet, life vest, hook knife, TWO FRS or ham radios, and boots with ankle support. Full payment of the Paragliding SIV course must be received prior to commencement of training, with no refunds for partial course completion. We reserve the right to discontinue training any paragliding student not following directions or conducting themselves in a manner that may endanger themselves or others. Price includes paragliding hydraulic payout winch boat tows. Hook knives may be purchased from us with advanced notice.  Life vests may be rented with advance notice.  Tow bridles are recommended to be purchased while at the paragliding SIV clinic, or may be rented with advance notice.