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). You can also complete the course in stages, as it suits you, or over weekends. 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.
Duration: 2 Days
The course starts on the training slope, where you have 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
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.
Duration: 10 to 14 flyable days with favourable weather conditions.
Cost: R11500 + R1290 license fees on completion
- 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
NB: You are responsible for paying your licensing fees to SAHPA at the completion of your course. The fees for 2016/2017 are R1290. 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 R240 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. Students 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.
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
Shoes with ankle protection
Something to drink and eat as we are often out for most of the day.
A student may not under any circumstances fly without the presence of your instructor, after a final check and take off permission granted.
There are no refunds or exchanges for students who terminate a course.
A course is not transferable to another person.
The basic license course must be completed within six months. Wild Sky Paragliding school may apply a surcharge if students do not complete their course within the specified six months.
Reservations are required and are not confirmed until a deposit has been paid.
Students have to book course days at least two days in advance, preferably a week or longer. We may not always be available.
The deposit for the intro course is the full amount of R2900.
The deposit for the basic license course is minimum R2900.
If the students tasks and skills are not sufficient after 35 flights and all the practical requirements are not completed, students then have to extend their course to 50 flights, at minimal extra cost. Students can also choose this option should they feel in need of extra instruction.
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.
- 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
- Marking of test
Cross country course
Duration: Three days
Safety course (SIV)
Duration: Three days
Cost: R4500and R150 for the DVD
- 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.
All prices are subject to change
- 21 Safety manoevres
- Venue: Midmar dam
- Rescue boat and driver
- Towboat, winch operator and driver
- Fuel for both boats
Paragliding courses and tandem flights in the Drakensberg