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Paragliding training information

Read through this entire section if you are interested in training.  As a PASA certified school, Southwest Airsports, LLC operates in accordance with all PASA Safety Guidelines and all PASA School Standards.

  1. General information page about paragliding training.
  2. PG or PPG  After reading the General information page, decide if you would prefer free flight (PG) or powered flight (PPG). You can change your mind later if you want.  If in doubt, it is always better to start with free flight.  You can also take a tandem training flight.
  3. Tuition Costs  Paragliding (PG)   Powered Paragliding (PPG)  These two sections also have information on Tandem training flights.  You must pay your tuition in full before we can schedule for training.  Tuition is not refundable (see #3 of our legal details).  P1, PPG1, P2, & PPG2 (1st half) training includes rental of the gear needed to learn how to fly.
  4. Membership  All student pilots must join USHPA or USPPA before P2/PPG2 training begins except tandem students.  If your application is pending, we need a copy of your completed application.  You can also complete the application at our shop.
  5. Physical and mental requirements required.  If you wish to take a tandem flight, only #'s 1,2, and 4 of the physical requirements section apply.
  6. Textbook  Purchase the appropriate textbook for your type of training (P2 or PPG2 and above).
  7. FAQs & Tips  Study the "*" items and watch some of the training videos on our website.
  8. Legal details  These are important details of how we operate.
  9. Schedule meeting  After you have looked at #'s 1-8, contact us to schedule a meeting at our shop where you can complete the paperwork, pay your tuition, and start your paragliding adventure.  If you cannot physically be here to complete the paperwork and pay the tuition, we can arrange to do it electronically.  What to bring to your lessons. 
  10. Equipment for flying  Once you complete your training, we can help you purchase the gear that works best.  In most cases, you will be ready to purchase equipment when you are completing your P2 or PPG2 training.  We specialize in Ozone paragliders/harnesses and paramotors by Miniplane.

Note: You must pay your tuition in full and complete the paperwork before training.

General notes on training

We can train at your location if needed.  A 50% deposit is required to schedule, balance is due upon our arrival at your location.  Please contact us for details.

WARNING: Do NOT purchase paragliding equipment before you begin your training!

Instruction at Southwest Airsports is 100% personal, comprehensive and includes towing certification and how to fly in a high altitude, mountainous desert environment – the most difficult there is. When a student pilot graduates from Southwest Airsports, he will be able to fly as safely as possible anywhere in the world with confidence.

Paragliding is the closest thing to being a bird that there is.  All other aircraft go down from there.  No one has any idea what being a bird is like until he flies a paraglider.  Below, going cross-country at cloudbase over central Florida.

paragliding at cloud base over central Florida

Extreme air sports like paragliding take years of practice to learn to do well so pilots must be patient.  The rewards for diligent and long term effort are, in our opinion, without equal, especially if you learn to thermal well.  You will join an elite and tiny group of humans in the world who experience things ONLY the birds can.  Want to know first hand what it feels like to exit and enter boundaries in the atmosphere?  It's an unseen world that only hang glider and paraglider pilots – and the birds – know.  Study the Turkey Vulture and the Albatross – we fumble along compared to these amazing geniuses but their Creator intended them to fly so we can't be too jealous.

Gliding along at cloudbase in south central New Mexico.  (photo by Buzz Nelson)

paragliding in south central New Mexico 

Los Tanques launch, Cauca River Valley – near Roldanillo, Colombia

paragliding at Los Tanques, Columbia 

vulture