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PARAGLIDING COURSE

BASIC INTRODUCTORY COURSE | SAHPA PILOTS LICENCE 

WALLEND-AIR IS A QUALIFIED PARAGLIDING TRAINING SCHOOL

LEARN TO FLY A PARAGLIDER

Running paragliding courses since 1987, Wallend-Air’s training program is the highest qualification available in the country. It is the safest, most comprehensive, and up-to-date training available in the country.

Our paragliding courses are run in the Wilderness area by Pete and Sue Wallenda. Both are highly skilled, experienced, and qualified SAHPA instructors. Together they make a formidable team.

WALLEND-AIR IS THE LONGEST STANDING PARAGLIDING SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY.

We believe in service excellence which sets us apart. We have designed our own ground training gliders with great success and have a wide selection of rated training equipment.

We offer 2 training courses:

– 2 day Intro Course

– 9 day SAHPA Introductory Course

If you want to learn to fly – you want to learn with us!

We love what we do!

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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADDITIONAL TRAINING: Once you are finished with your basic SAHPA PILOTS LICENCE course and would like to fine-tune your skills we will instruct and guide you to further improve your ground handling and flying skills.
Contact our office for dates and an individualized quote.

PARAGLIDING COURSE PRICES 2022

Frequently asked questions

Do I need my own glider?

No, Wallend-Air provides all your training equipment.

What if I have my own glider, but I am rusty?

If you are rusty or have not had enough flights to renew your paragliding license, join our refresher course. If your license has not been renewed for 5 years then you will have to redo your full basic paragliding course. We will take you through the steps to become a confident pilot again.

How does training work? What can I expect?

All Wallend-Air students start with ground training on the beach, and progress from there to ‘bunny hops’ & ground skimming flights off the dunes.  Once this is mastered, we incrementally progress to higher take-off sites until students graduate to their first high solo flights.

Our instructors do instructional tandem flights with each student. Supported by theory and ground training, which is the basis for safe flying. Paragliding is weather dependent, so we adjust the course accordingly. Expect to laugh a lot and have fun.  The initial dune flights can be physical and an average fitness level is advisable.

How many times will I fly?

The minimum requirement to complete a course is 35 flights. Our philosophy is to do as many flights as you can, as safely as can be done, by each student daily.  Repetition builds muscle memory and confidence to ensure you become a safe and confident pilot.

What if I fail?

If you do not complete your course then you have six months to return and complete the course before you have to re-register with SAHPA as a student pilot. Our instructors will discuss your options before and during your course.

Age, fitness, and weather play a role in completing your course. If you have to return for a second course then a ‘return’ discount will apply.

What if the weather is bad?

Our courses run during the summer months to ensure the best possible weather. But, even so, weather happens! We do try our best to accommodate the weather and adjust our schedules to work as productively as possible, using every hour of the day.

Do you refund if I fail?

The requirement is that you complete the course. No refunds are offered if you do not complete your course.

Can I extend my INTRODUCTORY COURSE to a full PILOTS license?

Yes, you can continue from the Intro course to the full Basic license course.

Can I bring my family?

Yes, you can bring your family.  It is important to us that your family is involved and supports your paragliding. There are lots of activities for your family to do in the Garden Route while you are learning to become a safe and competent pilot.  We often teach families to paraglide – siblings, parents and children, best friends…

Are meals included?

Meals are not included.  But, if you are staying with us at Wallend-Air Base Camp, breakfast is included in your daily B&B rate.

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