The Novice course will start out as the 2 day Intro Course, then continue on to develop your skills and knowledge. The training process takes from 7-14 days, sometimes more depending on weather conditions. The P2 rating requires a minimum of 25 flights. When the weather is good, 6-12 flights are possible in a day. Students typically have 35-50 flights when they get signed off. When the conditions allow, we fly as much as possible, if conditions are poor for flying but appropriate for ground handling the glider, or kiting, you will generally get in at least four hours. The course will also include at least 8 hours of comprehensive ground school on paragliding flight, weather, reserve parachutes, equipment, risk management and other related topics. With the course you will receive a reference book, study manual and log book. We also supply the necessary paragliding equipment needed during your training.
Although the course will include the use of equipment, it is preferable that you purchase your own equipment as soon as possible. This will make the training process easier and makes the transition into solo flying smoother. We offer the $500 credit towards a new set of gear to encourage you to purchase your gear through the school, which is going to ensure you get the best possible gear fit, as well as supporting your school so we can continue to support you! You should expect to spend close to $5000 on equipment, a glider, harness and reserve. There are a few smaller items, some are optional, but are relatively small ticket items. There are paragliding specific helmets, however ski helmets are commonly used and are very affordable, and many people already have one. If you don’t have the budget for new equipment, you can talk to us about options for used gear, which we sometimes have available, or we can help you find the correct size and level. Please DO NOT buy gear online without input from an instructor, we see people getting the wrong equipment much too often.