Paragliding 2 (PG2) Course

We teach paragliding on private land at Ruapuke on the west coast. As students progress and weather conditions allow, we fly other coastal sites as well as inland at the Kaimai Range and/or Paeroa Range.

Our course is comprehensive, fun and you learn with a great bunch of like minded people striving to be the best pilots possible. This course is run on weekends and during the week - weather permitting.  

Pilots travel from all over the North Island to be part of this course. For those who need it, there are accommodation options close by and we offer accommodation 5 minutes from launch from $25 per night.

PG2 Paragliding course NZHGPA requirements

  • Top landings 
  • Flying with other paragliders - right of way rules
  • Landing approach methods
  • 360 degree turns - left and right
  • Big ears
  • Slope landings
  • Rear riser control in flight and landing
  • Tight banked turns and flat turns
  • Speed control
  • Reverse and frontal launches
  • Height loss of up to 600 ft/min. (not spirals)
  • Be able to land within 20m of a spot on 2 consecutive flights
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ground drills of reserve parachute deployment
  • Demonstrate a safe attitude towards paragliding

Flight log requirements

  • Total flying time of at least 5 hours and a minimum of 8 days practical trainng
  • Total logged* flight time of 100 minutes achieved in no more than 10 flights
  • A total of 40 launches/landings
  • At least 5 take-offs in winds of 5 knots or less
  • At least 5 take-offs in winds of 9 knots or more
  • Have flown from at least 4 different launch sites
  • Kept an accurate and up-to-date log book*

*Mount Paragliding has an online logging app to make this process easy.

Mount Paragliding has broken this down into 3 learning stages:

Stage 1 

  • 10 flights under comprehensive radio instruction
  • Reserve deployment considerations
  • Advanced ground handling techniques
  • Launch and landing techniques and considerations
  • Environmental & meteorological understanding to ensure safe, enjoyable flying
  • Safety considerations when flying with others (VFR - visual flight rules)

Stage 2 

  • 10 flights under radio instruction
  • Advanced glider control (pitch and yaw control)
  • Big ears descent technique
  • Speed bar descent technique
  • Rear riser glider control
  • Glider speed and pitch control
  • Spot landing practice introduction 
  • Introduction to thermal flying both theory and practical
  • PG2 exam study and video analysis

Stage 3 

  • 15 flights under radio instruction as required
  • 2 other flying sites
  • Top landings 
  • Advanced techniques in flight, pitch, roll and yaw control
  • Stabilo line method to recover a cravat
  • Collapse recovery
  • Thermalling flight/s
  • PG2 exam completion

Q Mastercard finance is available interest free for 12 months -

You can purchase or rent equipment. As a student of Mount Paragliding you get access to discounts on new and used equipment. 

Upon completion of Stage 3 you are certified to fly solo! 

COVID-19 (peace of mind)

Due to COVID-19, Mount Paragliding has made all course dates transferable. If you sign up and cannot attend due to a change in alert level we will transfer your booking to the next available date. 



PG2 Course Dates


PG2 Equipment Rental




Joshua Banks

Joshua Banks

Would like to say a huge Thank you to you and all the team for making my PG1 such an enjoyable 3 days. 

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You begin as soon as you sign up.

We have students at various stages, from beginners to those that have almost finished the course. We provide an inclusive and welcoming learning enviroment.

Yes the dates have been set to flow on after the PG1 course.

We operate full time and the best way to get through PG2 is to commit to as many sessions as you can while the weather is good.

This depends on the following factors:

  • Your availability
  • Weather
  • Your desire to practice ground handling on your own
  • Your degree of understanding the requirements to fly solo safely

In perfect conditions PG1 & PG2 can be completed in 4 weeks, however, in poor weather conditions with a student that has restricted availability it could take 16 weeks.

Ground handling is the foundation to being a good pilot. Your ability to kite and launch your glider in a variety of conditions, on a variety of launch sites, is both vital to your safety and your ability to fly.

The one thing great pilots have in common is superb ground control.

Once you begin your PG2 you will need to purchase or hire a paraglider and harness. 

Mount Paragliding has a lot of gear for you to try before you buy. You can purchase new or used equipment. Another option is to rent the equipment to give you time to decide what the best gear is for you.

NZHGPA rules stipulate that approved gliders for students must be rated EN-A or EN-B.

Q Card finance is also available interest free with 12 months to pay.

We often have used gliders and demo gliders in near new condition for sale.

Our equipment is top quality and in excellent condition.

Our equipment is supplied through Ozone, this brand is a world leader in paragliding equipment.

Click here to access or demo equipment page for harness and glider deals

This option gives you a chance to try various gliders and harnesses so you make the best decision when it comes to buying your equipment.

Some people want a glider that's faster or more agile than a student glider before they have the piloting skills to match. It's our experience that a student progresses faster and is safer on a student glider.

Hiring gives you the chance to gain confidence on our student rated equipment. NZHGPA rules stipulate that approved gliders for students must be rated EN-A or EN-B.

You can purchase all the gear required and add all the stages of learning to the cart, then apply for finance through our Q Card link.

It's interest free with up to 12 months to pay. You can apply on our page or use your current Q Card.

Visit the Finance page for more details.


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