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PARAGLIDING COURSE

BASIC INTRODUCTORY COURSE | SAHPA PILOTS LICENCE 

WALLENDAIR IS A QUALIFIED PARAGLIDING TRAINING SCHOOL

LEARN TO FLY A PARAGLIDER

Running paragliding courses since 1987, Wallendair’s training program is the most qualified in the country. It is the most comprehensive, up-to-date and safest grounding you will get.  Our learn to paraglide course is run by Pete Wallenda and Carolina Burd-Rochinotti.  Both are the most skilled and qualified instructors in South Africa.

This two-day introductory course, based in the Wilderness, is designed as an introduction to a paragliding license in South Africa. It will give you a taste of what the sport is about along with some basic theory.  If you decide you would rather become a paragliding instructor, you can look at our SAHPA License course here.

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. If you want to learn to fly – you want to learn with us! We love what we do!

UPCOMING BASIC COURSES:

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

EQUIPMENT

Get to know the equipment, features and controls, in both a theoretical and practical way. Learn to unpack and repack your equipment and about the maintenance thereof.

GROUND CONTROL

Control the glider overhead in different wind conditions while completing tasks. Learn the importance of underrunning the glider and progressively convert to bigger wings suitable for your first flight.

LAYOUT

Assess wind direction, wind strength and topography and the layout of the glider relative to the wind and topography of the area.

PARAGLIDING LICENSE SOUTH AFRICA SAFETY

Understand the necessity for safety checks before and after a flight and how to conduct them.

PULL-UPS

Practice forward launches and reverse pull-ups with and without the front risers, using body weight to steer the glider while getting a feeling for the wing.

GROUND SKIMMING

Progress to doing ground skimming flights off the dunes in Wilderness.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TRANSPORT

We provide all transport from Wallend-Air base Camp to flying sites during the course Note: You can also fly into George Airport and arrange transport from there. We offer shuttle services at a nominal fee.

ACCOMMODATION

Bed & Breakfast at the Wallend-Air Base Camp in George: R350 p/n sharing
Enquiries should be made when booking the course.
Overflow accommodation is booked into a lodge that’s a 3-minute walk away.
We will assist you with confirming accommodation.

WHAT TO BRING

Closed shoes like trainers or hiking boots.
Long or mid-length jeans or shorts.
Long-sleeve tops, jacket, flip flops, sunglasses, hat and buff.
Sunscreen, lots of water, snacks (apples, nuts, energy bars, biltong), basic license manual, pen, camera phone and proof of payment.

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

How does training work? What can I expect?
Wallend-Air instructors start the students with ground training on the beach and progress from there to ‘bunny hops’ & ground skimming flights off the dunes.  Once this is mastered, we progress to higher take off sites for the students to fly their first high solo flights.

Our instructors will do instructional tandem flights with our students. In between we continue with 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 requirements to complete your 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 become a safe 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 level 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.  Unfortunately we do not control the weather and we will try our best to accommodate and work with the weather during the course using every hour of the day productively.

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.  Staying with us at Wallend-Air Base Camp, breakfast is included in your daily B&B rate.

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