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Club Pilot (CP) – 5 Day Paragliding Course


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5 Day Club Pilot (CP) Paragliding Course

The five day Club Pilot (CP) paragliding course follows on from the Elementary Pilot course. The CP course is valid for one year from date of purchase. 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 course with us we will work towards developing your paragliding skills in order to make you a safe and competent pilot.


You need to have obtained your elementary pilot within the last year and provide a BHPA student training logbook as evidence of your previous experience.

At the end of your course there will be a final assessment to ensure that you are safe to fly in the club environment. This will include a full inspection of your equipment and assessment of your flying ability. It is recommended that you finish the course on your own equipment so as to get used to your own gear in a safe and supervised environment.


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. We recommend you do your training regularly in order to progress through the syllabus. You don’t have to do the days consecutively but you will be a better pilot if you don’t have gaps in your training. The course is valid for one year from the date of purchase.


We have a team of full time BHPA qualified paragliding instructors who have your safety an enjoyment as number one priority.  All our instructors are experienced paragliding pilots who have flown all over the world and are rather 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.


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 beginner friendly sites. We do also use public sites on the club pilot course.

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.


There are two exams to sit during the club pilot course. Don’t worry – our carefully planned lectures will equip you with the theoretical knowledge required. We also encourage you to do some reading at home with helpful books like the Beginner Guide. 


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.

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)


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

      Principles of flight
      Rules of the air
      General airmanship
      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.

Click here for the BHPA Elementary Pilot Training Guide


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