We think that everyone has their proper needs and requirements when it comes to learning paragliding. You may already have your gear or not, have restricted availability on some days and prefer a particular teaching approach.
Listening to your demand, we can adapt our offer and teaching accordingly and bring you fast and successful results using holistic and psychological instruction learned from International trainers who were coaching world champions.
Better than anyone, we use a combination of innovative techniques & professional advice to ensure you get the best-advanced training that will allow you to learn paragliding easily in safety.
We limit the number of our students, use a wide variety of flying sites and make the best use of your available time juggling with the weather to achieve your rating as quickly as possible in a customized approach.
If you are unsure that you want to learn to fly solo, jump in for an unforgettable experience like sightseeing the Muriwai Gannet Colony from the air, flying with sea birds, enjoying astonishing views, and soaring like a bird with an instructor on one of our special trial tandem flights to be introduced to and discover the basics of the sport of paragliding all in one flight!
*Parent consent is mandatory for children under 18 y. o.
A free signed "Temporary NZHGPA (OPMF 01) Pilot Membership: student" form (4 pages) and a "Release from liability and waiver of all claims" form are mandatory before flying.
Please bear in mind that this price will only help the school buy and maintain the expensive special required equipment for tandem flights, so this service is to be considered non-commercial per se.
This is how to experience the most unique, free, easy flights, even from the first moments!
Never before has it been so easy to step out into the air. After very little training and effort, you will find yourself lifting off, experiencing the loss of gravity, and feeling a sensation only a bird can.
Within a few hours, you will learn to carve turns through the air with great ease and fluidity. No other form of aviation is so easy to master. We teach people of all ages to be flying free on the first day.
You will start initially keeping your feet on the ground and learn to master the controls (inflating, steering, landing, etc...). Then, you'll progress to small flights a few feet above the ground and quickly move to higher gliding flights. We'll coach you comfortably through each stage, and then later in the day, if you wish and have reached the technical level and confidence, you should be able to do a couple of solo flights with your own equipment.
At every stage, you will be assisted by an officially rated Instructor in a safe environment, and your flights and landings will be guided via radio. This exciting and fun-filled day will give you the whole paragliding experience. The equipment for the Discovery Day can be supplied.
There are several flying sites around Auckland, but our predominant wind direction is SW. We usually practise the first steps in Muriwai Beach in West Auckland – about a 35' drive from Auckland CBD. (If the wind is coming from a different direction and requires another site, we will let you know).
The PG1 is usually achieved within two or three days of Practical and Theoretical instruction. Please note that the PG1 certification does not allow you to fly solo unsupervised – a full PG2 certification is mandatory in NZ.
We will teach you the basics like correctly and efficiently unpacking your gear, preparing for launch, proceeding with the mandatory check and repacking after use.
On a shallow slope, we will teach you and make you practise ground handling, the launch phases and the first low flights, laying the basis for safe and easy progress. We will teach you to steer and land your wing, insisting on awareness of safety factors.
Then, short flights to the beach from a grassy slope will be followed by longer and higher flights from two different sites in compliance with the NZHGPA PG1 certification requirements.
At every stage, your ground handling and solo flights will be assisted by experienced instructors, and your flights and landings will be guided via radio. These exciting and fun-filled days will give you the whole paragliding experience.
Bad weather days will be used for theory instruction, which covers basic aerodynamics, suitable flying conditions and essential information about the equipment used.
Some students may need more advanced instruction on an additional tandem flight to develop their skills more quickly.
At this stage, you will fulfil all the requirements for a PG1 Student rating issued by the New Zealand Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. Please bear in mind that the PG1 certification is valid for six months only.
Our most popular instruction package
The PG2 solo pilot certification course follows the required PG1 course. It is designed for students who wish to complete their private pilot licence to be allowed to fly for themselves.
To be certified, students need to demonstrate a specific range of practical paragliding skills and achieve a level of theoretical knowledge assessed through exams towards the end of this course.
We will also instruct you how and practise a real reserve parachute deployment to maximise your chance of success in eventual cases of emergency. We will teach you to repack it and do it with you afterwards during our theory course session.
Below is a summary of the teachings covered in the PG2 course:
Launching/Take-off Skills: wing inflation and take-off (Forward and Reverse)/landing techniques
Flying Skills: descent and steering techniques, completion of a minimum of 40 flights in total* (Discovery Day and PG1 course flights included) from at least 4 different flying sites with normal training progression.
Theoretical Skills: aerodynamics, meteorology, equipment and flying skills
With a wide range of flying locations around Auckland and Waikato, we will provide the necessary coaching and training for your gradual progression as your flying skill develops.
We will happily sign off your PG3 rating for free if you comply with all the NZHGPA requirements listed in the OPMF25 and provide us with the necessary documents.
Personalised individual or group lessons are available on special request.
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a: Held a PG3 certificate for at least six months.
b: Hold a current First Aid Certiïlcate (6400, 6401, 6402)
Once complying with the NZHGPA minima, our Tandem Rated Instructor will carry out with you or under his supervision the following Flight Requirements:
a: Five (5) instructional tandem flights as a passenger with the instructor.
Instructions should include an introduction to big ears, 360-degree turns, wing-overs, techniques for launches and landings, and advice on
b: Five (5) instructional tandem flights as a Pilot in command with the
instructor as a passenger. The Pilot should practise and
demonstrate the skills mentioned above to the instructor.
c: Ten (10) additional flights, under the direction of the instructor,
as Pilot in Command with a passenger that is at least PG2 certified
Please understand that we will sign you off only after ensuring you have sufficient competency to undertake Tandem flights. Additional flights and instructions, if necessary, will be available to help you finalise this NZHGPA requirement.
(Rental and new equipment are available)
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XC Tours to Europe, France and Spain planned to start in mid-2024
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SIV camps in France planned to start in mid-2024
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** Conditions to apply: Be a New Zealand resident, agree to a credit check, hold a current NZ Driver's license or have a valid Passport, be over 18 years old