We offer a wide range of courses, from Instructional Tandem Flights, a 1 day Intro, 3 day Novice Course (PG1), to a Full Paragliding Course (PG2). Parapro provides all the latest equipment during training as part of the course cost.
Christchurch is the ideal place to learn with its flying sites right at your door step. We have over 12 sites to choose from that includes one of the best soaring and top landable sites in New Zealand. We can combine the best of both worlds from coastal ridge soaring to thermaling.
Paragliding offers freedom, convenience and simplicity.You are literally flying by your seat of your pants. In my opinion, Paragliding is the purest from of flying. From your first paragliding flights as a novice you will appreciate the feeling of free flight. For the advancing pilot the challenge is always there for a personal distance record and experiencing new and exciting flying areas.
Paragliding courses run all year round, 7 days a week, weather permitting.
Paragliding lessons come in 4 training options:
Trial Instructional Tandem Flight
Learn the basics of paragliding with an instructional tandem flight. With the instructor flying with you, you will learn the following:
a) 5 point pre-flight safety check
b) take off technique
c) Directional control
d) Soaring strategies
e) How to land
This is a great way to be introduced to the sport of paragliding
1 Day Dntroductory Course
An introduction into paragliding that includes ground handling, launch techniques, wing control, 2 small flights and 1 high flight
under radio supervision
3 day Novice Paragliding Licence
At the completion of the course you will have learnt the following skills:
a) Correctly unpack/pack the paraglider and harness and correctly lay out the paraglider
b) Demonstrate the 5 point pre-flight check
c) Demonstrate canopy establishment (inflation) – check, correct and take-off or abort
d) Have completed at least 6 satisfactory paragliding flights on at least 2
separate days, showing consistently good take-offs, landings and directional
e) Be able to land in a standing position
f) Demonstrate knowledge of hard landing technique
g) Demonstrate an ability to assess suitable weather conditions for paragliding.
h) Be able to evaluate suitable launch and landing areas
i) Show competence as a launch assistant
j) Demonstrate a safe attitude towards paragliding
K) Passed The PG1 Exam
PG2 full Paragliding License – equivalant to IPPI 3 international rating
The student to demonstrated competency in the following skills:
a) Equipment set up and pre-flight checks
b. Controlled forward inflations and launch
c) Big ears, with/without weight shift
d) Controlled reverse inflations and launch
e) Pitch and roll control in straight flight
f) Coordinated high and low bank turns.
g) 360 degree turns left and right with pitch and roll control
h) Rear riser control, use and limitations.
i) Speed bar, big ears and speed bar.
j) Controlled landing into wind within 20m of a predetermined spot on 2
k) Top landings, slope landings ( optional for available sites)
L) Wingovers ( optional)
m) Asymmetric collapse ( optional)
n) Knowledge of rescue parachute deployment and PLF
o) Understand alternative landing approach methods
p) Appropriate site, weather and risk assessments.
q) Demonstrate a “safety first” attitude for self and others.
r) Know and obey right of way rules when flying with other aircraft.
s) Min 150 mins flight time including a total of 100mins achieved in no more
than 10 flights.
t) Min 40 flights from authorised launch sites.
u) Flights from at least 4 different launch sites to at least 3 different landing
areas, 1 of these sites must be inland.
v) At least 5 take-offs in winds of 5 knots ( 9 km/hr) or less.
w) At least 5 take-offs in winds of 9 knots (17km/hr) or more.
x) Pass all PG2 theory