You have taken the first step and registered for your course. What do we expect from you?
Skywalk Paragliding School and its staff have committed their time and judgement for the next 6 months of your training and flying with you. You paid the training fee and registered with us - happy days to come.
First and foremost we have to keep in mind that paragliding is dependent on the weather. When mother nature permits we will be training and flying somewhere, so make sure you can spend as much time as possible with us on the school’s schedule and not only when it is convenient for you. Ground training is a must. The more you practice, the more confident you will feel on take-off and in the air.
Air time will give you the confidence to fly longer and higher. It is rewarding for us to see you grow and become a good pilot (which is possible for everyone who commits). It will take some time to understand how to fly safely, how to stay in the thermal longer, etc. Do not underestimate the short flights at the training sites, where we practice take offs and landings (the most crucial elements of a safe flight), as well as understanding when to take off, when to turn, how the glider reacts in turbulent air and thermals, and the list goes on.
1. Students need to attend practical ground training days and show their ability to control the glider.
2. The SAHPA student licence is valid for 6 months and the School is committed to help you reach your required 35 flights and hours air time within this time period. In turn, you need to commit your time to fit in with the School’s training schedule. If not completed within this period, you will need to renew your SAHPA temporary membership. An extension fee of 30% of the training fee will be payable to complete the course within the next 6 months.
3. Students have to buy their equipment after completion of the Introductory course period (at least between 5th and 10th flights), as you need to be trained on your own equipment to know how it flies safely - your new glider will have better performance and different characteristics from the training gliders, etc. It is a good idea to invest in the small essential pieces of equipment like harness, radio and helmet as starters. Buying through the school will give you the advantage of a discount on your equipment or add-on courses and later on a possible trade-in when you upgrade.
4. Students cannot only choose to fly the sites you prefer and only join in on the weekends that suit you. The fly-away weekends are to show off the skills you have learnt on the training hills. Most of the fly-away sites we will visit are crowded with other pilots and members of public. Embarrassment on these sites is common if students are not able to demonstrate good take-off and flying skills. Not having control over your glider could lead to incidents and accidents. So let’s prevent this by displaying good control over your equipment, eg. show up for ground training and training slope flights.
5. For fly-aways there will be an additional cost per student pilot depending on the fly-away site.
6. SMS/Email/WhatsApp information: it is your prerogative to find out if there will be training on a given weekend. Please don't remove yourself from the WhatsApp group, rather mute if it bothers you during weekdays. I used to message about 100 pilots per weekend and then only 3 respond or even worse – they arrive without notice. No extra equipment will be taken to the sites, or fly-aways, for in case students who did not confirm, might show up. If you do not confirm, there will not be equipment available to fly. A minimum of 5 students need to commit for a fly-away weekend – so please, do not let your fellow student pilots down by not coming to the training and fly-aways.
7. REMEMBER: Your basic licence will only give me the opportunity to train you properly in the art of paragliding hereafter.