Alpine Paragliding Centre
One of the main problems facing would-be pilots trying to get through to Club Pilot level, the level at which you can fly unsupervised, is the "good old" British weather. It can often reduce progress to a frustrating snails pace. Alpine Paragliding Centre, operated by one of the UK's most experienced BHPA Schools, offer a solution to the weather problem, with our unique overseas paragliding course package. You can go from beginner through Elementary Pilot EP and onto CP and beyond with us in the South of France, where the sun shines most of the time.
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 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.
Club Pilot Continuation Week
This paragliding CP Completion normally follows on from, but can be completed at a different time to the EP. (Many clients find it most cost effective to complete the whole Beginner to CP course in one visit). You can expect to progress rapidly to BHPA Club Pilot rating here due to a combination of normally ideal flying weather and an average student/instructor ratio of 4:1. The training package is completed utilizing real-time radio instruction/control techniques and video debriefing is used as required. This course is all about getting airtime and completing the tasks required to meet CP Licence requirements. We fly every day weather permitting and expect you to study at least 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 to the UK after your course as a Club/Novice 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 an additional 6 days depending to a great extent on the ability of the student.
Beginner to EP or CP Paragliding Course Price List
Beginner to EP course (A full 6 days*) £525.00 inc equipment hire
Full Beginner to CP combined course (13 days**) £845.00 inc equipment hire
Or if you already have your own equipment:
Beginner to EP course (A full 6 days*) £460.00 using own equipment
Full Beginner to CP combined course (13 days*) £725.00 using own equipment
* Many schools offer just 5 day courses compared to our 6 days - compare like with like before deciding
**The middle Saturday is a non flying changeover day.
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When you are completing your CP course, the optional top landings can be a bit daunting for many pilots. We do have some excellent top landing sites that are both large and safe for this task to be completed with confidence.
Once the EP and CP tasks are completed and a few hours are gained most pilots want to reach cloudbase and fly thermals. If there is a better place to learn to fly thermals and go XC I have yet to find it. You can learn to thermal and fly XC under expert instruction which will fast track your progress.
Learning to fly at your pace is achieved by keeping class sizes small. Personalized instruction is an important part of our courses and we take the time to ensure that you are comfortable with your rate of progress.