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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.

Print out this page where you can check off the required items listed below if you wish to begin training.

  1. Read this General information page about paragliding training.
  2. 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 Discovery and Tandem training flights.  You must pay your tuition before we can schedule for training.
  4. 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.  P1 students receive a 30 day temporary membership in USHPA.  PPG1 students are not required to join the USPPA.
  5. Make sure you meet the physical and mental requirements.  If you wish to take a tandem flight, only #'s 1,2, and 4 of the physical requirements section apply.
  6. Purchase the appropriate textbook for your type of training and study the first three chapters carefully.  We can supply these textbooks.
  7. Study the "*" items in the FAQs & Tips section.  Watch some of the training videos on our website.
  8. Read our legal details.
  9. Contact us if you have any questions.  After you have worked through all of the above, schedule a meeting at our office where you can complete the paperwork, pay your tuition, and start your paragliding adventure!
  10. Southwest Airsports is a dealer for all major manufacturers of paragliding equipment.  Once you complete the early stages of your training, we can outfit you with the gear that works best for you.  In most cases, you will be ready to purchase equipment when you are completing your P2 or PPG2 training.

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

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.

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

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

Los Tanques Launch, Roldanillo, Colombia

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