Included with the cost of this course is a £200 voucher towards any new or second hand glider purchased from Fly Sussex.
Combined EP & CP – 10 Day Paragliding Course
The combined elementary and club pilot paragliding course gives you ten days tuition with Fly Sussex. During your ten paragliding lessons we will teach you the practical and theoretical skills to fly a paraglider. Throughout your paragliding course we follow the BHPA syllabus as outlined below.
The first section of your course (EP) we work towards mastering the basic skills; launching, simple flight plans low down and landing. The next section we focus on more advanced flying skills in the club pilot (CP) course. The club pilot course is the minimum BHPA rating you will need in order to paraglide anywhere in the world, without an instructor present. During your paragliding lessons we will work towards developing your skills in order to make you a safe and competent pilot.
We are a British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) approved and regulated school, therefore all students must be a member of the BHPA whilst training. BHPA membership gives you third party insurance an allows toy to gain the BHPA Club Pilot rating. The cost of this is not included in the course and will need to be paid for by you. The BHPA fees are £15 per day, £99 for annual or £51 for three month training membership. We can organise BHPA paperwork when you sign in at the shop on your first lesson.
Getting to and from the flying sites:
All our flying sites are out in the countryside with no public transport within 3 miles so if you have a car feel free to bring it but be prepared for a walk up to the take off area.
Once you have flown and wish to leave the site you have the option to head off in your own time. If you require a lift please give us advance notice.
We welcome your friends and family along to watch you fly. Please be aware there may be a walk up onto the hills involved, if you think this may be difficult for any of your group will can try to give them a lift but please give us advance notice. Well behaved dogs on leads are permitted onto the South Downs but please be aware there is live stock on all our flying sites.
WHEN YOU CAN FLY:
Here at Fly Sussex Paragliding we pride ourselves on being the only full time paragliding school in the UK who flies all year round 7 days a week (weather depending). We have even been know to fly on Christmas day! The ideal weather conditions are light winds with no persistent rain.
WHERE YOU FLY:
A massive advantage of learning to paraglide with Fly Sussex is we have all our own private training sites dotted around the beautiful South Downs national park. This enables you to fly in much safer uncrowded airspace on beginnerfriendly sites. We always begin the lesson at our shop on near Lewes on the A27, check out a map of where we are.
How would you like your paragliding voucher sent?
Please select in the drop down menu how you would like your voucher to be delivered.
- Full colour brochure (please read fully)
- 1 Day Paragliding Voucher
- Booking form
- Receipt of your purchase
Select email voucher and once a member of our team have checked your order we will email you a PDF voucher, booking form and link to download the brochure. Please bring a copy of your voucher and completed booking form with youon the day you fly.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries. Check out our FAQs
What can I do with the BHPA club pilot rating?
The BHPA club pilot (novice) rating allows you to fly unsupervised without an instructor. If you plan on flying within the UK then you can join a club near you which usually costs between £10-£50 per year.
Once you have completed all the tasks in the BHPA student training log book, passed your exams and demonstrated the correct attitude to fly you can then be signed off by the chief flying instructor.
Here are some of our happy students getting signed off!
Been there and got the T-shirt!
PHASE 1: Ground Training
- Introductory Talk
Site Assessment Briefing
Introduction to canopy and equipment
Parachute landing roll
PHASE 2: Ground Handling
- Pre flight checks
Getting into the glider
Launching the glider
PHASE 3: First Hops
- Getting Airborne at low level
PHASE 4: Flight Exercises
- Flight briefing
Communications (radio, bat signals etc)
Responsibility briefing – you are the pilot in command!
Basic flight plans
PHASE 5: Theory and Exam
- Theory lecture on meteorology, principles of flight, anti collision and airlaw
EP 30 minute exam – (70% pass rate)
BHPA CLUB PILOT SYLLABUS:
Before undertaking the Club Pilot you must have successfully complete the BHPA Elementary Stage Paragliding (Hill). A check flight may be required in circumstances where there has been a significant interruption in the training program.
PHASE 6: Pre-Soaring
- Soaring theory
180 degree turns
PHASE 7: Soaring
- Soaring flights
Flying with others
PHASE 8: Improving your skills
- Ground handling in light and strong winds
Exploring the speed range
Accelerated flight, speed bar
Forward launch technique
Weight shift and pitch control
PHASE 9: Instability and emergencies
- Theory of collapses, spin, stall, spirals, tree landings, PLF, line failure
Rapid descent technique
Dealing with tucks
PHASE 10: Theory and examinations
Principles of flight
Rules of the air
Sit the Hill environment exam (25 questions)
Sit the CP exam (56 questions)
Final assessment for club pilot:
If you have successfully reached the standard of airmanship required to fly safely and competently and have the right attitude to flying then you are given the BHPA Club Pilot Rating by our CFI.