Beginner paragliding course

The first Freedom level: paragliding beginner course

In the will to create a follow-up for our students, we have created a progression scale specific to Freedom which will allow you to know your level in paragliding, the different past, present and future stages in your practice and will guide you in your progression and your choice to continue the courses with us.

It is important to understand that this scale is only a guideline of the "perfect path" in paragliding progression; that many will not necessarily respect it, since everyone has different sensations, learning preferences, and level of progression.

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Course objective : On the way to your first solo paragliding flights guided by radio

The objective of the initiation course is to bring you very gradually, in one week, to realize your first solo paragliding flights, guided by radio, by an instructor on the ground, thanks to inflation games and theoretical courses necessary for the first big flights.

Who is the beginner course for?


The beginner course has been created for all those who wish to discover the activity of paragliding, discover new sensations or become an autonomous pilot. It is open to everyone: people who have never flown a paraglider before, who don't know the environment, ...

It is however necessary to be in good physical health. Indeed, paragliding may seem like a not very physical activity, where the pilot sits under a canopy and lets himself be carried; but you will see that it requires a minimum of physical effort. In reality, during this course you will be on the ground for a good part of the days, under the sun if the weather is good. Learning to paraglide also requires a lot of ground exercises where it is necessary to be able to walk and run on slopes, to carry your equipment on your back, ... The long days on the ground are very tiring and it is therefore necessary to be in good physical shape to come to the course to ensure your safety throughout the course. You will be asked for a medical certificate of no contraindication to the practice of paragliding at the beginning of the course.

 

The five-day session has three main phases. Your paragliding initiation takes place with qualified and experienced instructors. They will answer your questions and share their passion with you.

 

5 days course: all season

3 steps :

  • Training hills : first steps

From the first day you'll receive your material that will be necessary during the whole course: harness, glider, helmet, radio.
On numerous training hills in the Puy de Dôme, your instructor will guide you during the first use of your material, first take off maneuvers until your first flight sensations.

  • Theoretical courses : indispensable element

Theoretical sessions are included during the course to gain a basic understanding necessary for the flights.

 

  • First flights : only pleasure

After numerous hours on the training hill, we will take you to one of our paragliding spot, the Puy de Dôme, Puy de Saint-Sandoux, Massif du Sancy or du Forez...to realize your first big flights, guided with a radio by an instructor on the take off area and another on the landing area. To optimize your progression, every flight is prepared then debriefed with your instructor.

 

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Details of the paragliding beginner course (Level 1 Freedom)

Theoretical content :

  • Functioning of the paraglider
  • Aerology and meteorology (basics)
  • Flight rules: flight plan, priorities, use of paragliding sites
  • Preparation of the flight under the gantry: harness adjustment, harness installation, controls, turn gestures, reserve parachute
  • Equipment and advice for choosing it

Practical content :

  • Discovery of the equipment
  • Preparations and pre-flight checks
  • Mastery of back-to-front inflation and decision making for the flight
  • Discovery of face-to-face inflation (if possible)

In-flight exercises :

  • Flight with arms up and release of the controls
  • Respect of the heading in straight flight
  • Execution of turns in the harness
  • 90° and 180° turns
  • Control handle (training to use the reserve parachute)