The COURSES

Zion Paragliding has been venturing to Iquique since 2014 to run beginner and progress paragliding courses. We promise a course filled with fun and adventure and that’s why we work with local pilot and close friend Christian, with over 25 years of flying experience. Combined with Zion’s teaching expertise and Christian’s local knowledge our flying course maximises air time. As well as excellent flying, we have done the legwork to find the best food spots and places to stay so you can focus on flying. Let us be your guides in the air and on the ground. Find all the information you need about our different courses in Iquique here.

 
 
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Beginner Course

A 9-day intensive course for absolute beginners or those in need of a refresher. The hands-on approach will have you taking your first solo flight within the first three days and receiving your P2 USHPA license at the end

Next course: September 12-20 2018

Course Price: $1500 (USD)

 
 
 

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Our beginner course caters to those starting from zero or pilots who have been out the game for a while and are in need of a refresher. Across the 9 days, you will learn to take-off, land, kite the wing and thermal, whilst being under radio guidance the whole time. The course includes tuition and a beginner flying kit from Gin Gliders, everything you need to get started.

The beginner course starts with learning how to kite in Palo Buque. The vast desert sand and consistent, yet mellow winds are perfect to master the basics. Once you can keep the wing steadily above your head, you're ready to for your first few flights over the small Palo Buque ridge.  Over the next few days, you will gain confidence as you fly for longer. Finally, you will be ready to fly from Alto Hospicio and over the city of Iquique to land on the beach.

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 practise what you’ve learnt

  • Advanced kiting practice with obstacle courses and additional techniques

  • Advanced theory on thermalling and wing safety

 

What’s Included

  • 9 days of full instruction, practical and theory

  • Beginner paragliding kit from Gin Gliders, including:

    Sprint 3 Paragliding Wing, Gingo Harness, Yeti Cross Reserve, helmet, G-Wrap and backpack

  • 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

  • Airport pickup from Iquique National Airport

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

Not Included

  • Food

  • Flights (to Iquique)

  • Accommodation

What You Need

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

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

  • Warm clothes – you will feel the cold once you’ve thermalled to cloud base

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes to withstand kiting in the desert – hiking boots are ideal

  • 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: 21-27 September

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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, Alto Hospicio and Palo Buque before putting all you have learnt to the test with an XC task from Patillos launch.

 

Progress Course Activities

AM: Morning flight from Alto Hospicio

Alto Hospicio is a thermal site located above the city of Iquique. Here is where we practise XC, to cross the city and land on the beach

Zion and team will be flying with the group and on the radio offering guidance as we go. As the days go on there's less radio talk so you can feel the air yourself, but help is always there when you need it.

On the final day, we aim to complete a 60km XC task from Patillos launch and fly back to Iquique with the southerly tailwind and retrieval van following closely behind.

PM: Afternoons are spent in the famous Palo Buque

Palo Buque is a thermal dynamic site and offers a chance for pilots to play and practise manoeuvres and proximity flying. 

Tasks and skills practised are based on the pilot’s current ability but can include:

  • 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 lessons

  • Transport from accommodation to launch sites

  • Landing zone pickups

  • Airport pickup from Iquique National Airport

Not Included

  • Food

  • Flights (to Iquique)

  • Accommodation

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.

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

  • Warm clothes – you will feel the cold once you’ve thermalled to cloud base

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes to withstand kiting in the desert – hiking boots are ideal

  • 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 with a specific goal to reach, our private tuition will get you there

Private tuition available on request

Overview

We offer private tuition for pilots of all abilities wanting personalised lessons tailored to your level, and Iquique is the place to reach your goals. With thermal dynamic ridges for miles, the possibilities of what you can achieve here is endless. 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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