Paragliding Courses

Dear student Welcome to the Wild Sky Paragliding School. We hope you have many hours of enjoyment  while you learn to paraglide with us. You are in excellent hands!  This is a full time paragliding school, which means you can complete your paragliding course in about ten to fourteen days (weather permitting).  We have set course dates and lengths. You can break your course into two sections by joining us for four or five days at a time during our set course dates.  Booking is essential .
Bulwer, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa,  is one of  the best places for learning to paraglide, with ten take off sites that face various wind directions, offering both thermic and ridge soaring flying conditions. Please see below details of what our courses entail, prices and rules. We would prefer you to complete the course within the recommended six months. R400 goes to SAHPA (the South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) to register you as a student and make sure that you are flying legally. We are qualified and registered instructors with all the correct authorities. We are also members of KZN Tourism and Southern Midlands Tourism. Paragliding courses: NOTE:  The first day of training is very physical as students run down the slope learning to pull up the wing.  If you  have any previous injuries, for example knee, ankle, elbow or any other, please DO bring all the relevant guards and protectors and please DO tell us, as we have different approaches that suit individual needs.  We can adapt to special cases.  We also reserve the right to terminate a course at any time if we feel the student is not physically or mentally capable of paragliding. Intro course Duration: 2 Days Cost R2900 Includes.
  • Introductory lecture
  • Ground training
  • Ground skimming flights
  • High flight/s while instructed on radio.  Yes!  you get to fly within the first two days!
  • Use of school paragliding equipment
  • SAHPA temporary membership for six months.
  • SAHPA training manual and logbook
 The course starts on the training slope, where you haveAugust 10 students001 an introductory lecture on how a paraglider works, aerofoil, safety checks etc.. The instructor will demonstrate how to pull the glider up. Then it is the students turn to pull up the glider with assistance by the instructor. You then start running down the slope, learning to steer the paraglider and how to stop. This process is repeated while slowly moving up the slope each time until you get your feet off the ground. Once the student has mastered steering and landing, he or she is ready to go for a higher flight.  NB: This course is only an introduction and by no means should one attempt to fly without an instructor until you have completed the full license course Team Building The paragliding introductory course (two days) is an excellent team building tool and is very effective in creating good relationships and work dynamic between staff.  It places individuals outside their comfort zone while being looked after by experienced instructors.  The course aims at getting students to a level where they are able to have a high flight or two under radio instructions.  Not all will achieve this so for those that do not get to that level we offer a tandem flight to make sure they are still part of the experience and team dynamic. License course Duration: 10 to 14 flyable days with favourable weather conditions. Cost: R12500 + R1330 license fees on completion(if you purchase your gear through us) R17500 + R1330 license fees if you do not purchase gear through us Includes.
  • Everything included in the intro course
  • A DVD/copy on memory stick with the Wild Sky manual and some fun videos.
  • Instruction on weather, safety rules, flying skills & techniques.
  • 35 high flights
  • Basic manoeuvres to ensure safe flying
  • A thorough knowledge and skills on the manoeuvres required.
  • Open book test
  • Administration
  • Marking of test
NB: You are responsible for paying your licensing fees to SAHPA at the completion of your course. The fees for 2016/2017 are R1330. We will provide all the necessary details. NB: You are also responsible for settling the site fees at Bulwer yourself. The fees are as follows: R20 per day, R60 for a month ticket and R300 for a year ticket. The fees are paid to the Biosphere, which manages the area from an environmental point of view. This can be paid to us. The full license course or basic license course: The course involves  a list of skills and knowledge that are ticked off along the way. The student completes a number of high flights with the aim of refining turning skills and making sure landings are completed properly. me at wildsky paragliding training groundStudents are on radio with the instructor/s. Thereafter the student progresses onto more advanced paragliding such as ridge soaring, top landing, thermalling, etc. The student remains on radio with the instructor. All theory is covered during the course. Questions are a must. Includes: Training proficiency: Ground skills: Harness helmet boots, unpacking, pre-flight checks and preparation, layout, safety checks (5 point) before flight, forward pullups, reserve pull ups, ground handling, choosing take off sites, packing & folding, maintenance. Micrometeorology: Wind judgement during take off, effect of terrain on wind and flight, met and flight planning, wind gradient, wind shadow, dangers of dust devils, introduction to mountain weather, dangers of clouds, dangers of thunderstorms, dangers of berg winds. Flight skills: Take off techniques, aborted take off and emergency stops, ground skimming flights, simple direction control, landing approaches, landing techniques, flying and landing with rear risers,  ermergency landings PLF, big ears, ridge soaring, top landing, thermalling, pendulums, spot landings Air law and rules. Important to know:  On completion of the basic license course, you will be licensed with  SAHPA (South African Hang gliding and Paragliding Association) and RAASA (Recreational Aviation Authority of South Africa)  license.  You will also be a registered member of the Aeroclub of South Africa. This license allows you to fly legally in South Africa.  Should you wish to fly in other countries in the world, you simply apply for the International Pilot Proficiency (IPPI) rating with a fee of R70. What you will need: Sunscreen + sunglasses Hat Jacket Shoes with ankle protection Something to drink and eat as we are often out for most of the day.

Terms and conditions of training

  1. All courses must be paid in full prior to the commencement of training or flying.

  2. Once training has started, no refund of course fees will be considered. The School undertakes and is prepared, within the time limits and conditions below, to provide training to the enrolled person, or to discuss a reasonable extended time frame to complete training.

  3. Training fees cannot be transferred to another person.

  4. The intro course must be completed within 6 weeks of commencement, unless the student has been in constant communication with the School, and events beyond his control has necessitated the delay. Non-communication will make this concession null and void, andWild Sky Paragliding will be under no obligation to provide further training.

  5. The Basic Licence course must be completed within 6 months of commencement, unless the student has been in constant communication with the School, and events beyond his control has necessitated the delay. Regular attendance is compulsory, unless prior apologies are tendered or special arrangements have been made. Non-communication will make this concession null and void, and Wild Sky Paragliding will be under no obligation to provide further training. It is possible to complete the course within 2-3 months (total) provided the pilot is prepared to attend training sessions regularly.

  6. If a student does not achieve his licence within the period of 6 months and did not attend training or contact the school on a regular basis about the reasons for the non-attendance, he will be required to renew his SAHPA Temporary membership (Student licence) as well as pay an additional training fee, valid for a further 5 months. Any further delays will have to be negotiated with the School. The SAHPA Temporary membership is valid for 6 months at a time.

  7. A student who has reached the total of 35 flights but who has not completed all the requirements for the Basic Licence will pay R1250 per day, until such time as he has obtained his licence.

  8. All students are required to fly at Bulwer 1000 from flight no three or four. If a student requires extra instruction to reach this level, a fee will be payable to extend the course.

  9. A student or pilot causing extensive damage to the school equipment he was using, could be expected to contribute to the cost of the repairs, taking into account the reason for the damage.

  10. Theory lectures take place on certain mornings at 10h00 as per programme announced regularly by whatsapp or otherwise, and will normally be presented at the Wild Sky log cabins. Theory is also covered extensively while out on the slopes, at flying site. We prefer discussing much of meteorology out on site as we can then use weather conditions as examples.

  11. Students are required to advise the School when they want to attend a training session, when the school is busy training (we do specify when we will be training) so that the School can arrange to have enough equipment and/or instructors on site. The advisory should take place during the week prior to the session, or at least on the morning of the session.

  12. All students and pilots are required to sign the indemnity form before flying takes place.

  13. Students are required to advise Wild Sky of any previous injuries or physical issues, as we do have ways to work around some physical restraints (i.e. knee problems, ankle problems etc), especially with the running on the slopes the first day of training. We can adjust our methods to suit.

  14. A student may not under any circumstances fly without the presence of your instructor, after a final check and take off permission granted.

  15. We place emphasis on ground handling. We provide wings for this and instruction on forward and reverse launch. It is the students responsibility to spend the time ground handling. Being confident about launching your wing makes a huge difference in your overall flying confidence.

  16. NB: If you cannot ground handle / launch your wing with ease we cannot sign you off for a basic license.

When we are flying: NB: You expect and will receive our full commitment when it is flyable. We expect the same from you. Always check with us, and when you receive the go ahead, be ready to fly. This means the five point check is done, you are clipped in and ready to go. When flying conditions are good there is usually no time for smoke breaks or chatting to others. Once a flight has been completed and you have landed at the bottom field, please switch off your radio and pack up your glider immediately and neatly. Please DO NOT, leave your glider lying in the sun for extended periods this is what ruins the condition of the wing. Do not land on your bottom, but ALWAYS on your feet. Please look after the radio, and hand it to your instructor. It is an expensive piece of equipment.

If you have completed a flight and top landed, that means you need to bunch the wing and walk to the front of take off. Unless otherwise instructed, you need to get ready to fly immediately again.

Equipment NB: Do not purchase equipment from Gumtree or any other unknown source, as you may be buying unairworthy or unsuitable equipment. Purchasing your equipment through your paragliding school while on course is highly recommended as we have the expertise and knowledge to make sure you buy the correct gear, and can help you set it up correctly and instruct you on using the equipment correctly. Ask us about equipment and prices. We supply good quality and safe equipment second hand and new. We also offer: Lifts up the mountain: R100 per person per lift (guests staying with us only) Guiding R1250 per day includes use of equipment if you don't have your own.  
  ADVANCED COURSES Cross country course Duration: Three days Cost: R2500 Includes
  • Extensive lectures on subjects pertaining to Cross Country flying.
  • Wild Sky Cross Country manual
  • In flight instruction and guidance.
  • Recovery is excluded but we’ll fetch you anywhere if you cover the petrol money.
Safety course (SIV) Duration: Three days Cost: R4500and R150 for the DVD Includes
  • 21 Safety manoevres
  • Venue: Midmar dam
  • Instruction
  • Winches
  • Rescue boat and driver
  • Towboat, winch operator and driver
  • Fuel for both boats
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