Paragliding 1 (PG1) Course
This is your first exciting step towards becoming a capable pilot that's in full control. Equipment is provided so come and join the fun.
These courses are run at Ruapuke on the west coast and Gordon Sprat park papamoa on the east coast depending on wind direction and weather.
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!"
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 reverse & frontal launch techniques
- 6 short top to bottom solo flights, or equivalent soaring flight/s, on radio with the instructor
- There may also be an opportunity to have a tandem flight with the instructor, if conditions allow
- Equipment is provided for PG1.
"We showed up for our PG1 course and couldn't believe we were given brand new equipment."
- NIck and Veronica
When you are nearing completion of PG1 and moving onto PG2 you can rent equipment or purchase a package with everything you need.
We also provide 12 months interest free through Q Card - https://mountparagliding.co.nz/finance
We are not able to issue refunds for the PG1 course but you can defer to a later date as the course is valid for 12 months.
COVID-19 (peace of mind)
Due to COVID-19, Mount Paragliding has made all course dates transferable. If you sign up and choose a course date that you can't get to due to COVID-19 levels changing we will transfer your booking to the next available date. We are currently operating under alert level 1.