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PG1 Intro to Paragliding course

PG1 Intro to Paragliding course

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This course is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Equipment is provided so come and join the fun!

These courses are run at Ruapuke on the west coast (near Raglan).

As a Paragliding (PG) 1 student you will have a great weekend experiencing your first flights. Fly solo from day one!

This is the first step in your exciting journey towards becoming a safe and competent paragliding pilot. It's a great way to be introduced to flying without needing to purchase gear. 

You will learn - 

  • to ground handle your glider
  • launch techniques
  • flight and landing skills
  • launch and fly your glider

During the PG1 course you get to launch your glider solo - staying on the ground initially and then progressing to short flights off a low site.

"Would like to say a huge thanks to you and all the team for making my PG1 such an enjoyable 3 days. Thanks to your clear instructions and calm manner with a couple of hours guidance I was in the air and doing my first flights!! Unbelievable and super appreciated. A huge thanks to not only you but your community of pilots, such great helpful people. Looking forward to doing my PG2!"
- Josh

PG1 Details

After arriving at the flying site there will be a safety briefing, you will be issued with gear and shown what to do. After that you'll get to learn by doing. The course involves -

  • Ground handling - learning frontal launch techniques
  • 6 short top to bottom solo flights, or equivalent soaring flight/s, on radio with the instructor
  • Equipment is provided for PG1

"We showed up for our PG1 course and couldn't believe we were given brand new equipment. We completed the course in 2 days starting with ground control, then 3 short flights on day 1. We then completed the course on day 2 with another short flight then a beautiful soaring flight."

- NIck and Veronica

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What happens on the first day?

After meeting everyone, we have a briefing on what's going to happen during the day. You will start by being fitted to a harness and a glider, and spending some time in the hanging simulator.

The process of launching and flying the glider will be explained and then practiced.

After the simulator, it is time to practice with the glider. When you can control the glider on the ground you are ready for your first flight!

How many are in a PG1 group?

This varies but 4 to 6 people is common.

What should I bring?

Bring food, water, sunscreen, sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing. Everything else is supplied.

How long does it take to complete this course

This depends on your availability and weather but a guide is 2 to 3 days.

How do I know where and when we meet

Once you sign up you will be sent a PDF with all relevant information and added to our whatsapp group. Where and what time to meet is posted prior to each flyable day.

What if the weather isn't good on my selected course dates?

The weather conditions required to run the course are very specific,

For your comfort and safety we can not run courses in high winds or rain

We need

  • No rain
  • 0-11knots of wind
  • Direct onshore wind direction

If you miss your selected course due to weather simply join any other PG1 course. This can be communicated through our whatsapp group.

We run courses weekdays and weekends.

What if I can't make my selected course

We pride ourselves on providing lots of PG1 course opportunities. If you miss your selected course you can join any other PG1 course

On my first day I could be a little nervous

You will feel very welcome, everyone in our group remembers their first day and first flight

You will only be progressed when you feel ready. Our objective is for you to have an enjoyable learning experience

Course locations

We run the PG1 courses primarily at Ruapuke on the west coast near Raglan.

We also use Gordon Sprat reserve in Papamoa for ground handling and short flights.

Wind direction determines which location we will use, notification of location and meeting time is posted on whatsapp.

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