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Beginner Paragliding Courses in the sun

Learn Paragliding in the sunny South of France and return home fully qualified.

Having problems getting through to Club Pilot level, the level at which you can fly unsupervised? The "good old" British weather can often reduce learning progress to a frustrating snails pace. Alpine Paragliding Centre, one of the UK's most experienced BHPA Schools, offer a solution to the British weather problem, with our cost effective overseas paragliding course package. You can go from beginner through Elementary Pilot EP and on to CP and beyond with us in the sunny South of France. We have been training pilots here in Provence for 15 years and no other school knows the area as we do or has our excellent safety record.

EP Paragliding Courses

The first stage of your EP (Elementary Pilot) Paragliding course is completed on a lovely sloping alpine meadow which enables you to work progressively higher up the slope as your ability and confidence grow. Your first flights will be only about 1m or so above the ground but by the end of the course you can expect to be completing flights up to 2-300m. There is some theory which is broken into 30 minute segments throughout, but the course is very practical and the aim is to get you as much flying as possible. Your EP training course will take you from the basic theory of flight through to the completion of the flights necessary to achieve the EP rating. You can normally expect this stage of your training to take about 3 - 4 days. If you are only with us for a week that usually leaves time for continuation flight training towards CP level. If you are with us for 2 weeks we can normally complete the CP syllabus as well allowing you to return home a fully qualified CP.

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Club Pilot Completion

This paragliding course can either follow on from, or be completed at a different time to the EP. You can expect to progress rapidly to BHPA Club Pilot rating here due to a combination of normally ideal flying weather and a low student/instructor ratio typically 4:1. The training package is completed using real-time radio instruction/control techniques and video debriefing is used as required. This course is all about you getting airtime and completing the tasks required to meet CP Licence requirements. We expect to fly every day and for you to study about 30 minutes each evening - not interfering with your visit to the local bar but enough that you get a grasp of the theory needed to pass the exam. You can normally expect to return home after your course as a Club Pilot, no longer requiring to be supervised by an instructor. You can then join your local Paragliding Club and take part in free flying activities whilst you work towards your Pilot rating which you will need in order to fly XC. This stage of your training will normally take about 6-13 days depending to a great extent on the ability of the student.

5 compelling reasons to learn in France with Apline Paragliding Centre

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Beginner EP/CP Paragliding Course Only Price List

Beginner/EP course (06 days) £495.00 inc equipment hire

Full Beginner to CP course (13 days*) £795.00 inc equipment hire

Or if you already have your own equipment:

Beginner/EP course (06 days) £430.00 using own equipment

Full Beginner to CP course (13 days*) £675.00 using own equipment

*12 flying days - Saturday off/ change over day

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Paragliding beginners EP course
Excellent training sites
We have a number of great sites some of which are private, covering all wind directions to ensure your rapid progress
Very quickly you will fly
You will normally expect to be flying by the end of the first day. From then on each day will find you progressing to higher, longer flights culminating in soaring flights of up to 1 hour

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