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
Cost: $195. Video/photo option of your experience: $45
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 techniques
c) Directional and speed control of the wing
d) Soaring strategies, finding lift and height loss techniques
e) How to land
f) How to get into the sport of paragliding.
This is a great way to be introduced to the sport of paragliding and with duel steering controls you have the opportunity to have hands on experence flying the wing under the guidence of the instructor.
1 Day Introductory Course
An introduction into paragliding that includes ground handling, launch techniques, wing control, 2 small flights and 1 high flight
under radio supervision
PG1: 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
Cost: $1800. (Pre- requirement- PG1)
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
Local Thermaling and Cross-country Courses
Parapro is offering advanced courses in the Canterbury area, over the weekends on the months of November/ early December and late March/April. Designed for those that want to experience advanced sites, who are new to Christchurch or want to learn the art of cross country flying.
Run over 5 – days on the weekends and 1 evening of November and late march. The courses will run on a day to day basis if the weather is suitable.
We are flying sites that are no more than 2 hrs drive from Christchurch
Our selection of sites to choose from are: Castle Rock, / Christchurch Gondola, Craigieburn Valley, Mount Cheeseman, Mount Hutt
Mount Isabel, Akaroa
No travelling costs, no accommodation required. The course is weather permitting on a day to day basis. This is a great course to learn local and advanced site knowledge, experience cross country flying and to assist in achieve your goals
The course will provide the following:
Equipment for XC flying
Assessing the weather
Site selection and appraisal
Flight planning and XC strategies
Preparing for flight
When to take-off
Active flying and dealing with turbulence
Identifying thermal sources
Coring and connecting the thermals
Speed to fly strategies
Book now as places are limited