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PARAGLIDING BASIC LICENSE COURSE

SAHPA PILOT LICENSE
WALLENDAIR IS A QUALIFIED PARAGLIDING TRAINING SCHOOL

PARAGLIDING BASIC LICENSE COURSE – SAHPA PILOT

Congratulations on choosing the best SAHPA registered school in South Africa and you are now 9 days away from becoming a certified paragliding pilot. Our qualified instructors have trained thousands of pilots since 1987 and we don’t just follow the SAHPA training manual, we wrote it. The basic license is the minimum requirement to legally fly without supervision or instruction at all the basic rated flying sites in South Africa. It is a thorough and intensive paragliding course designed to give you the basic building blocks on which to develop and enhance your paragliding skills after the course.

We believe that training in a safe environment (Wilderness, Kleinkrantz and Sedgeview) with a slow progression – from ground handling, dune hopping or ground skimming to doing flights from higher take-off sites – is the best way to learn and improve your confidence and skill as a pilot. After your basic license course, we then introduce you to other Cape Town sites, like Lion’s Head, Porterville, Picketberg, Hermanus etc. Also, keep Easter weekend open for our Thermalling trip to Porterville. You view our basic introduction to paragliding course here.

Enquire now and we’ll send you a breakdown of all the fees involved.

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.

UNDER RUNNING

Learn the importance of underrunning the glider and progressively convert to bigger wings suitable for your first flight.

TANDEM

Go for a tandem if the weather conditions are too strong.

SOLO FLIGHTS

Complete a minimum of 35 solo flights before submitting your basic license application.

MANOEUVRES

Complete all the manoeuvres required to qualify for the basic licence application.

MAINTENANCE

Learn to unpack and repack your equipment and about the maintenance thereof.

THEORY

Attend theory lectures on aerodynamics and micrometeorology and write the basic license test at the end of the course.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TRANSPORT

We can assist you in arranging your own transport between Cape Town and Wilderness. Note that you can also fly into George Airport and arrange transport from there. You don’t need your own transport during the 9-day course. We use Shorelink Shuttle and they depart the Friday before the course starts at 13h30

ACCOMMODATION

Bed & Breakfast at the Wallend-Air House in George for ZAR 350/night/p sharing. Enquiries should be made when booking the course.
Overflow accommodation is booked into a lodge that’s a 3 minute walk away from the Wallend-Air house. We will assist with confirming accommodation.

WHAT TO BRING

Closed shoes like trainers or hiking boots. Long or mid length jeans or shorts. T-shirts. Long-sleeve top. Jacket. Flip flops. Sunglasses, hat and buff, sunscreen, lots of water, snacks (apples, nuts, energy bars, biltong), basic licence manual, pen, attachable camera phone, proof of payment.

PARAGLIDING COURSE PRICES 2021

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.

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.

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.

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