The COURSES

In Costa Rica, we offer beginner and progress courses. We believe the mellow summer weather of the tropics is the perfect place to learn how to paraglide or progress your paragliding to the next level. Find out more about our beginner and progress courses here.

 
 
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Beginner Course

Our nine-day intensive course is for absolute beginners or those in need of a refresher. The hands-on approach to the course will have you taking your first solo flight within the first three days.

Next course 6-14 January 2019

Course only price: $1500 (USD)

 
 
 

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The beginner course in Costa Rica starts off in the training field. The open space is perfect for students to practice kiting for the first few days. Once you've mastered the basics of kiting you're ready for your first flight from the beginner site in the coastal town of Jaco. Here, the gentle ocean breeze is perfect for beginners and the large fields below leave ample room for easy landing. The last few days are spent flying in Dominical above the beach and jungle. This thermal-dynamic site is where you can practise your 360 turns and thermalling to learn the true essence of free-flight and cross country.

Ask us about our course and beginner kit bundle for the best deal on everything you need to get started paragliding

 

Beginner Course Itinerary

Days 1-3:

  • How to set-up for flying

  • Caring for your wing

  • Kiting the wing

  • Launching and landing

  • First short flights a few meters off the ground

Day 4-6:

  • Daily full instructional solo flights

  • Beach landing with spot landing and final glide advice

  • Theory lessons covering wing safety, controlling the wing and basic thermalling

Day 7-9:

  • Daily flights from varying launches with some guidance and tuition – it’s time to put into practice what you’ve learnt

  • Advanced kiting practise with obstacle courses and additional techniques

  • Advanced theory on thermalling and wing safety

 

What’s Included

  • 9 days of full tuition

  • USHPA P2 license issued at the end of the course in accordance with meeting all requirements (USHPA membership payable by the pilot to USHPA directly).

  • Transport from accommodation to launch sites

  • Landing zone pickups

  • Instructional tandem flight

  • Copy of paragliding theory book Paragliding, A Pilot’s Training Manual

  • Advice on local accommodation and preferential rates

Not Included

  • Food

  • Flights (to Costa Rica)

  • Accommodation

  • Transport/transfers to or from the airport

What You Need

  • Paragliding equipment including certified paraglider, reserve parachute and helmet. Purchase your beginner kit through us for a course and kit bundle deal. Enquire Now

  • Unlocked VHF radio – we recommend the Yaesu FT-270

  • Basic fitness level – ability to sustain a 15-minute power walk

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes to withstand kiting and running

  • Insurance covering paragliding. USHPA does not cover third party insurance outside of USA. You will not be able to take part in the course without insurance coverage

 
 

 
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Progress Course

For pilots that have advanced passed beginner but need guidance to the next level, our progress tuition will take you there with this seven-day course

Next course starting January 2019

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Seven jam-packed days of paragliding will see you progress in all the places you want to. This is a course we tailor to our student’s strengths and abilities. Over the seven days, we will cover a variety of advanced techniques so you feel more comfortable when flying the distance. We will fly across two main sites, Dominical and Los Indios, Rivas to experience thermal-dynamic ridge flying and mountain cross country.

 

Progress Course Activities

Each morning starts with group theory lessons before heading up to fly at either Escalares launch in Dominical or Los Indios, Rivas for about 10.30 AM.

We try to fly as a group to complete varying tasks, like making small triangles in the valley or flying linear distances before landing to break for a late lunch. Flying as a group makes it easier to understand the air and is a great way to visualise what is happening.

Zion will be on the radio or flying with you to give guidance when needed but this course is really about taking the theory of XC flying and putting it into practice.

We don’t outline a specific daily itinerary as we work on a student by student basis based on your current ability and what you want to improve on but here’s a list of possible learnings:

  • Advanced manoeuvres: rapid descent manoeuvres, spirals, wingovers, asymmetrical collapse, extra large big ears

  • Spot landings

  • Advanced kiting and ground handling

  • Thermalling technique

  • Speed bar and active piloting on speed bar

 

What’s Included

  • 7 days of instruction, practical and theory

  • Transport from accommodation to launch sites

  • Landing zone pick-ups

  • Airport pickup from Iquique National Airport

Not Included

  • Food

  • Flights (to Costa Rica)

  • Accommodation

  • Transport/transfers to or from the airport

What you need

  • USHPA P2 license or above (equivalent license from issuing country accepted)

  • Certified paraglider (EN B or above), harness with emergency reserve parachute and helmet.

  • Ability to confidently take off and land on your own.

  • Unlocked VHF radio – we recommend the Yaesu FT-270.

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes to withstand kiting and light running.

  • Insurance covering paragliding. USHPA does not cover third party insurance outside of USA. You will not be able to part take in the course without insurance coverage

 

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Private Tuition

For those wanting one on one tuition or have a specific goal to reach, our private tuition will get you there

Private tuition available on request

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We offer private tuition for pilots of all abilities wanting personalised lessons, tailored to your level. Costa Rica is the perfect place to reach those goals you've been dreaming of. With a variety of flying sites, there's the possibility to practise different techniques and expand your knowledge base. Zion will fly with you and guide you in the right direction for you to improve in all the places you want.

 

 
 

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