Once a member of our team has checked your order we will email you a PDF voucher, and links to a booking form and info pack.
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Please bring your voucher and completed booking form with you on the day you fly.
Select “post voucher” if you would like a copy of your voucher posted to your address.
Are you buying the voucher as a gift?
If you would like the voucher to be sent directly to the recipient please include their email address in the field marked recipient email. You can then select a gift email send date on which the voucher will be emailed to them.
Welcome to the ultimate Paragliding experience… FLY SOLO IN A DAY!
Welcome to Fly Sussex, we are passionate about giving you the best paragliding experience! In just one day you can expect to get a taste of paragliding solo and the magic of free flight.
We are one of the UK’s longest running paragliding schools, established for 25 years. Our paragliding shop is based on the A27 outside Lewes, 20 minutes from Brighton and 1 hour from London.
Weekday vouchers are redeemable Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays
Any day vouchers can be used on any day, Monday to Sunday including Bank Holidays
One day vouchers are valid for nine months from the date of purchase
If you don’t see your order confirmation in your inbox please check your junk mail. Contact us if you need your voucher re-sending.
Your paragliding lesson usually goes as follows…
Buy your paragliding voucher (online, over the phone or in person)
Book a day of your choice
Call the weather check voicemail the evening before your booking, get the go ahead and start time (which varies according to the weather)
Meet at our shop on the A27 near Lewes, East Sussex
Sign in and meet the instructors
We head out as a convoy to one of our private training sites on the South Downs
Introductory safety briefing and parachute landing rolls
Explanation of the equipment and site assessment
Demonstration of how to launch the wing
Time for you to have a go at practice launching your own wing on the flat
As the day goes on we aim to progress up the slope and achieve higher flights – weather depending
You fly through the air with a massive grin on your face!
If the weather is suitable you might also get a tandem flight*
Debrief and back to the shop for tea and biscuits
Everything you have done so far counts towards your club pilot rating so you can sign up for the course and we will deduct the price of your first day!
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.
WHO YOU FLY WITH:
We have a team of full time BHPA qualified paragliding instructors who have your safety and enjoyment as number one priority. All our instructors are experienced paraglider pilots who have flown all over the world and are obsessed with paragliding! Our chief flying instructor Tim Cox was awarded the Royal Aero club lifetime achievement award for his contribution towards paragliding. Feel free to call or pop in and meet the team and have a chat with one of our instructors.
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?
Once a member of our team have checked your order we will email you a PDF voucher, and links to a booking form and info pack. Please bring a copy of your voucher and completed booking form with youon the day you fly.
Are you buying the voucher as a gift? If you would like a copy of the voucher sent directly to the recipient please include their email address in the field marked recipient email. You can then select a date for the voucher to be emailed out to them.
Please tick the checkbox if you would like your voucher posted to you. You will receive:
Full colour brochure (please read fully)
1 Day Paragliding Voucher
Receipt of your purchase
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 cover. The cost of this is included in the voucher. First party insurance is optional and can be taken out on the day when signing in. Please note that all one day paragliding vouchers are valid for nine months from the date of purchase and are non refundable.
IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION
When do we start?
Don’t forget to call 01273 858170 after 7.30pm the evening before your booking and listen to the voicemail message for confirmation and start time for the following days flying. We will specify a time to meet at our shop which varies according to the weather forecast. If the weather prevents us from flying then just rebook. Please be aware the start and finish times vary according to the weather on the day.
What do I bring?
Paperwork: Please bring your voucher and completed booking form. We will need to check your voucher reference number off our records so it is important you bring the voucher with you on the day.
Attire: Comfortable clothing and suitable footwear (ie walking boots). Gloves and layers are a must on cold days. Suncream and sunhat are also a good idea.
Lunch: We also recommend bringing plenty to eat and drink, you’ll need at least a litre of water and plenty of snacks as learning to fly is physically demanding. Please note there are no shops near our base or on the flying sites so you will need to bring something from home.
Can’t make it?
You must give us at least 48 hours notice to cancel your booking. Failure to show up will result in you losing your day with us as your instructor will be waiting for you.
British Hang gliding and Paragliding association:
The flyer will need to join the BHPA on the first day of the course. The BHPA provide third party insurance which is mandatory. If you are already a member please bring your membership card so we can take a note in your training log book.
If you would like to take out personal accident cover then you will need to organise this on the morning of your course. Feel free to enquire with an instructor while signing in.
When ordering your paragliding voucher you have the choice to add a Fly Sussex T-shirt for a reduced price. When you come to fly on the day you can pick your perfect tee!
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 Directional control
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! Higher flights Introducing turns 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 Planned approaches
PHASE 7: Soaring
Soaring flights Top landings 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 Reverse launch Weight shift and pitch control Slope landings
PHASE 9: Instability and emergencies
Theory of collapses, spin, stall, spirals, tree landings, PLF, line failure Active flying Rapid descent technique Dealing with tucks
PHASE 10: Theory and examinations
Meteorology Principles of flight Rules of the air General airmanship Instability 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.