paragliding training center
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.
Note: You must pay your tuition in full and complete the paperwork before 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.
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)
Los Tanques launch, Cauca River Valley – near Roldanillo, Colombia