Basic course is the corner stone of training in paragliding. Here you will learn everything necessary to fly safely on your own and become autonomous.
Training has a gradual form and is adaptive to the capabilities of each individual student.
Schooling groups are retained small so as to be manageable and the progress of each student is quick but safe.
During a basic training sessions the student will learn paragliding wing handling, aerodynamics, meteorology, take off and landing procedures, introduction to dynamic and thermic flight and other relevant subjects and techniques.
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Soaring and Cross Country
A course designed to advance skills of the pilot after completing the basic training. The course is focused on the cross-country flight, using of thermic flows, the wind effects on slopes and other meteorological phenomena. After the course completion, the pilot will become independent to a great degree and will be able to perform safe long distance flights. From this point onwards you will be ready to explore and discover new and far destinations.
SIV – Simulation of incidents in flight
SIV involves flights above a lake during which certain manoeuvres are executed so as to simulate a possibly dangerous situation in flight. By learning the proper response in each manoeuvre, the pilot will be ready to react to every event in all conditions.
SIV course provides the maximum safety in flight and is the best method for the full understanding of the paragliding wing.
Basic prerequisite to join the course is to have completed the basic training and have at least 20 hrs of free flight logged.
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The school operates twice a year, during spring and fall.
The entire course lasts between 1 to 2 months depending on the weather and class frequency. There are usually 14-16 lessons with duration of 3-4 hours each.
Courses include theoretical and practical lessons.
Practical lessons are performed in locations around Thessaloniki (Aggeloxori, Kaloxori, Neoxorouda, Basilika) and are divided in three sections:
- 1st level: Ground control or kiting – The student will learn how to inflate, launch, balance, control and direct the wing on the ground
- 2nd Level: Low flights. Including very low, short flights up to 50m from ground level.
- 3rd level: Higher flights from Profitis Ilias Mountain in Vassilika with take off level at 380m AGL.
After the successful completion of the basic training the student will acquire all necessary knowledge and skills to be able to fly safely on his/her own.
Nevertheless, for legal and safety reasons it is mandatory to supervise the novice pilot during his first 20 flights by an experienced pilot or instructor.
An element of risk is inherent in the nature of the sport. It is however not due to the integrity of flying machine that paragliding is. The number of incidents due to equipment failiure is close to zero. Risk and danger begins and ends from the pilot’s head.
As a rule of thumb, a series of errors from the pilot may lead to an incident. Over confidence and bad weather judjement are the two main causes of accidents in paragliding.