Take the first step:
Introductory Course (School's / Own equipment, conditions apply)
The first course you will do towards becoming a qualified paragliding pilot. This course introduces the student to the art of flying a paraglider through practical training in ground control as well as a theory lecture. You should experience 5 solo flights, with the assistance of the instructor. The School will provide all the equipment. (SAHPA Registration fee compulsory @ R440 - not included in course fee).
Basic Course (School’s / Own equipment, conditions apply)
At this stage you will know that paragliding is to become part of your lifestyle and you can invest in your own equipment (new or pre-owned). To take it a step closer to qualifying, you pay the difference towards completion of your basic course which will take you to a total of 35 flights and at least 4 hours, on your own equipment. You complete and hand in your theory questionnaire, complete the practical requirements and pay your annual licence fee to SAHPA. After this you will be a licensed basic pilot and be able to fly by yourself at basic rated sites.
Full time Basic Course (School’s / Own equipment, conditions apply)
This is a full time course designed for pilots who do not have the time to show up for a training session every weekend for the next few months to complete their flights. With this course you will be able to complete your training over 8-10 consecutive days, weather permitting. Use of the School's equipment for the duration of the fly-away course is included, regardless of the amount of flights. This course is usually presented at the coast. Transport, accommodation and site fees are not included.
This course enables the student to complete the SAHPA Basic license requirements as stipulated in the SAHPA Paragliding Training Manual, and will take him/her up to a total of 35 flights. He/she will be taught to do ridge soaring and the principles of thermaling will also be introduced. After completion of the Basic Course the student applies for the Basic license through SAHPA. (SAHPA registration fee compulsory @ R440 - not included in course fee).
Intermediate/Sport Pilot Course (Own equipment, conditions apply)
After completion of the Basic course, pilots can enrol for this course. It is presented at different sites during several fly-away tours, duration one year. The course consists of thermaling, competition flying, as well as XC flying techniques and presents theory in airlaw, aerodynamics, meteorology, aero-medical, etc. This course will enable the pilot to qualify for the sport licence. Please note that the SIV course is not included, although the maneuvres necessary for the Sport licence will be performed.
"SIV" Safety and Confidence Building Course (Own equipment, conditions apply)
This is a must-do course. All manoeuvres are performed over water, usually at Koppies Dam or Vaal Dam in the Free State. Duration 2-3 days. This course will enable you to go one step further - to trust yourself and your abilities, to trust your equipment, and to fly safely.
Ronnie Beukes (chief instructor) with more than 29 years experience, will guide you and lead you to a whole new world of paragliding.
Crossing Over from Free Flight to Paramotoring and vice versa...
Pilots wishing to cross over from Paragliding (PG) to Powered Paragliding (PPG) or PPG to PG can now enrol in a special conversion course designed just for this purpose. Broaden your horizons today and enjoy more airtime by expanding your knowledge and flying skills!
The biggest advantage to crossing over is increasing your ability to fly more often, at more times during the day, and at more locations. While there are many similarities, there are some different and specific techniques and skills to learn that will make each discipline safer and more fun. To enrol in this class, pilots must be proficient in either PG or PPG. Additional instruction may be necessary to earn certification for either sport. Our school is uniquely qualified to teach crossing over, as we actively fly both ways.
PG to PPG
Free flight pilots wanting to fly with a paramotor will learn about their particular motor unit, setup, pre-flight, launch techniques, flying considerations, landing, safety, airspace limitations, motor care and transport.
Proficient PG pilots will usually take 2 days to complete the Crossing Over Conversion Course. Skill permitting, the final day of this course will include the pilot's first solo powered flights. If the pilot has met the requirements for certification, the PPG and PPT tests can be administered.
To qualify for the PPG/PPT rating, the pilot will need a minimum of 10 PPG flights (& 4 hours) under supervision of the instructor. He/she will need to complete the PPG questionnaires and obtain a radio telephony certificate (restricted radio license), presented by one of the Skywalk RT examiners.
PPG to PG
Powered Paraglider pilots can now learn the techniques to fly without power and take advantage of natural lift sources available, such as ridge lift and thermal soaring.
We will cover setup and pre-flight, launching techniques, flying, landing zone proximity, approach and landing, advanced kiting techniques and appropriate weather observations.
The pilot will need to complete a minimum of 35 PG flights under supervision of the instructor.