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
- 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
Terms and conditions of training
All courses must be paid in full prior to the commencement of training or flying.
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.
Training fees cannot be transferred to another person.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All students and pilots are required to sign the indemnity form before flying takes place.
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.
A student may not under any circumstances fly without the presence of your instructor, after a final check and take off permission granted.
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.
NB: If you cannot ground handle / launch your wing with ease we cannot sign you off for a basic license.
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.
- 21 Safety manoevres
- Venue: Midmar dam
- Rescue boat and driver
- Towboat, winch operator and driver
- Fuel for both boats