Paraglide Adventure Ireland Is an IHPA approved paragliding school with over 20 years experience of teaching people to fly.

The sport of paragliding in Ireland is governed by the Irish Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

They have adopted and amended the international Para Pro system for rating paragliding pilots and we are the only paragliding school whose training courses adhere to there safety recommendations, tasks and flight requirements. This means that on the successful completion of your training with us you will be awarded an IHPA internationally recognized paragliding rating. We offer two beginner courses a 2 day taster or a Para Pro1/2 Elementary course; they only differ in duration and therefore number of flights.

Until you have completed 2 qualification courses (para pro 1/2 Elementary) & (para pro 3 Novice ) + 2 multiple choice exams, all training is conducted in a school environment under the direct, and then indirect supervision of an instructor. Put simply the experience requirements to get to Para Pro 3 (Novice) level, the minimum level that you can fly unsupervised by an instructor are that the pilot must have completed a minimum of 60 flights totalling not less than 10 hours in the air as pilot-in-command. These flights must be spread over at least five different launch sites, of which at least three must be inland flying sites. The pilot must have spent a minimum of two hours in lift over any three flights.

To complete all 2 qualification courses to Novice level may take one full season spread over many days training, all courses only end when you have completed all tasks and flight requirements.

As all paragliding activity is totally weather dependant we do not pick specific dates with regard to our training courses, there would be little point, we simply train only when conditions are suitable, mid week, evenings after work, weekends, and all initial training takes place at a number of sites in the Wicklow Mts.

The two main flying sites we use for training are Black hill /Sorrel hill Co Wicklow and Lough Bray, Co Wicklow

All prospective students should familiarize themselves with how to get to these two flying sites, as they will be the venue for all initial training.

We only start a beginner course when the weather allows and when we have enough students booked in and available to start ,so it is important to book in early so as to insure that you are informed of the next course we start. Most trainable weekends are spent with students who have completed day 1 of there course and who are progressing and are at various stages of their training.

The weather in Ireland will fragment all training courses so how long it takes you to complete any course will depend on the weather and your own availability when suitable training conditions present themselves.

To book a training course you will need to download our booking form from our website.

You will need to fill in your details and post the completed booking form to our mailing address along with the required €100 deposit, only booking forms received with the required deposit will be acknowledged.

If you have any specific questions with regard to our training courses, feel free to phone us on 087 2589245

Two Day Taster Course

Our minimum course, suitable for people who would like to try paragliding before committing to a longer qualification course. This course follows the same syllabus as the first two days of our Para Pro 1/2 course.

Day 1 consists of practising ground based exercises and take off routines.

Day 2 consists of short top to bottom low level flights.
This course ends on day 2 once you have flown, but you can add on extra days if you wish and complete our Para Pro 1 & 2 Elementary course

Para Pro 1 & 2 (Elementary Course)

Hill Pilot Rating Tasks & Experience Requirements

The student must progress through Exercises 1 to 20 of the Paragliding Training Programme and complete the following tasks to the satisfaction of the Instructor:

· Complete a minimum of 8 flying days of tuition,your course will only end when you have completed all tasks and flight requirements

· Demonstrate pre and post flight routines (e.g. inflation, launch and collapse drills.)

· Safely carry out launch assistant duties for other pilots.

· Demonstrate how to carry out a full Daily Inspection of the harness and canopy, and Pre-Flight Checks.

· Complete a minimum of 30 successful flights, of which at least 10 are altitude gliding flights to at least 100ft AGL.

· Complete 4 appropriate controlled landings in a designated area.

· Demonstrate safe airspeed control.

· Demonstrate left and right turns.

· Describe and evaluate a site and give a flight plan appropriate for the conditions.

· Satisfy the Instructor as to attitude and airmanship.

· Pass the Para Pro 2 (Elementary) written examination paper.

Para Pro 3 (Novice)

Hill Pilot Rating Tasks & Experience Requirements

The Para Pro 2 (Elementary) pilot must successfully complete exercises 21 to 42 inclusive of the Paragliding Training Programme. As training progresses the student should demonstrate the following tasks to the satisfaction of the Instructor:

· Log a minimum of 60 flights (20 since attaining Para Pro 2 (Elementary) to at least 200ft AGL)

· Log a minimum of 10 hours in the air as pilot-in-command with 3 flights totalling 2 hours in lift above take-off.

· Fly from five different launch sites, of which at least three must be inland.

· Successfully complete take-offs in low level winds (below 5 mph) and high level winds (between 10 and 15mph.)

· Demonstrate stable, linked 180° turns and single 360° turns taking care not to enter an

· Complete four controlled landings within 10m / 33ft of a designated target, two of which should be top landings.

· Display an ability to fly competently and safely in the company of others, complying with the Rules of the Air.
· Satisfy the Instructor as to the correct attitude to continue a flying career both safely and competently.

· Safely demonstrate slow flight awareness and discuss the relevant symptoms and dangers.

· Demonstrate, where appropriate, safe and effective use of the 'Big-ears' rapid descent technique.

· Maintain directional control whilst showing recovery from tucks of not less than 25%.

· Discuss and show an awareness of techniques for avoiding and recovering from tucks, stalls and spins.

Pass the Para Pro 3 (Novice) written examination paper.

CLICK HERE FOR ::: Para Pro 3 (Novice) Hill Pilot Training Programme Details

The Red Ribbon System for Low Airtime Pilots

Elementary and Novice pilots MUST fly with a broad red ribbon (about 1m long) attached to their harness until they have logged a minimum of 10 hours AFTER being awarded a pilot rating of Para Pro 3 (Novice.) The red ribbon is a simple means of identifying relatively inexperienced, low airtime pilots to other pilots, who require special consideration both on the ground and in the air.

On the ground: It indicates that the Novice pilot will require a full briefing on the site and weather conditions and advice on whether or not it is safe for you to fly. It should also encourage experienced pilots to make contact with these new pilots entering the flying community, and give advice when necessary.

In the air: Pilots seeing a broad red ribbon trailing from another wing will understand that the pilot is relatively inexperienced and may not be comfortable flying or manoeuvring in close proximity to other pilots and will give you a wide berth.

Novice pilots should not feel embarrassed about flying with a red ribbon as it is there to protect their own safety and the safety of other pilots in the air, and they should continue to use it until they feel comfortable flying closely with other pilots.

CLICK HERE FOR ::: Para Pro 1 & 2 (Elementary) Hill Pilot Training Programme Details

Phase 1 – Ground Training

Objective: The student should have a basic understanding of the sport and its risks, a basic understanding of the equipment and the training site environment, and understand how to avoid / minimise injury as a result of mishap. The student must also complete all the mandatory administration steps.

Exercise 1 - Introductory talk: The IHPA – the Pilot Rating System - school, instructor and assistants – risk warning – student’s physical fitness, health and medical conditions – clothing and footwear – teamwork.

Exercise 2 - Site assessment briefing: The student must be taught the basic theory of airflow over the site and its accompanying turbulence; how the weather dictates the sport, and how important it is to be able to judge local conditions and assess the effects of change. They should understand the need to launch and land into wind and how this governs the choosing of a suitable site, launch point and landing area.

Exercise 3 – Introduction to canopy and equipment: Parts and functions of the canopy, harness and helmet. How an aerofoil creates lift. Daily Inspections explained, demonstrated, practised and understood. Certification panels. Weight ranges explained. Care and maintenance of the canopy and harness. Students must demonstrate how to neatly pack up their flying gear ready for transport, with attention paid to proper stowing of lines and risers.

Exercise 4 – Avoiding / minimising injury: Safety techniques, including collapsing the wing. Getting help / permission from the instructor to launch. The principle of the Parachute Landing Fall (PLF) is explained to all students, as are the circumstances in which it can be used to reduce the risk of injury. Students should understand the importance of reporting accidents and incidents to the IHPA.

Phase 1 – Ground Training

has been completed satisfactorily.

Instructor’s Signature Date

Phase 2 – Ground Handling

Objective: Through ground-based activity the student should achieve a reasonable and consistent level of competence at preparing the equipment for flight; inflating the canopy; running with it whilst looking ahead; maintaining direction; flaring and collapsing the canopy.

Exercise 5 – Briefing: Ensure that everyone understands the pre-flight checks. Use the Straps &buckles Helmet Observation Wind (SHOW) mnemonic unless your school uses a better one. Understanding the importance of taking off into wind. Airspeed control. Stopping the wing with a flare / stall.

Exercise 6 – Helmets: Ensure that each helmet is a good fit. A helmet must be put on before the harness. First item on and last item off regardless of how hot the pilot is!

Exercise 7 – Inflating the canopy: This exercise may be carried out using a forward or reverse launch technique as dictated by conditions, on flat or near flat ground. Take-offs practised until running with the canopy inflated, looking ahead. Flaring. Collapsing the canopy. Post-flight control and moving the canopy.

Exercise 8 – Directional control: How the controls work for directional control work. Initiating turns. Lookout and looking ahead. This development of exercise seven introduces deliberate minor slalom-like manoeuvres whilst running with the canopy overhead, so allowing the student to get some feel for the directional controls.

Phase 2 – Ground Handling

has been completed satisfactorily.

Instructor’s Signature Date

Phase 3 – First Hops

Objective: The student should combine the skills practised on the ground in Phase 2 to make straight, low-level flights, slowly progressing in height.

Exercise 9 – Getting airborne: The student should reach a reasonable and consistent level of competence at taking off, maintaining the correct in flight control position for good airspeed, the landing flare/landing, and post-landing canopy control. Initial flights should be in a straight line, out from the hill and directly into wind.

Phase 4 - First Hops

has been completed satisfactorily.

Instructor’s Signature Date

Phase 4 – Flight Exercises

Objective: The student must be capable of acting as pilot-in-command at the Elementary level. These exercises MUST be completed in the order listed.

Exercise 10 – Eventualities briefing: The need to prepare plans before take-off to deal with the unexpected. Getting the student to think ahead. Before each flight, students must give a verbal flight plan to the instructor, detailing the current weather conditions, an evaluation of the launch and landing sites and their hazards, and their intended manoeuvres and contingency plans.

Exercise 11 – Commands and communications briefing: Whether by radio or by signal bat, communications must be clearly understood. Radio checks. Signal-bat signals.

Exercise 12 – Responsibilities briefing: From this point on the student becomes the ‘pilot-in-command’ and will be in a position to determine the course of the flight. The student must clearly understand their level of responsibility for the safe conduct of any flight and be confident of their ability to undertake this step.

Exercise 13 – Flights 1 – Maintaining course and airspeed: The student should reach a reasonable and consistent level of competence and confidence flying at increased ground clearance and in making the directional and speed control corrections required to maintain a straight course. At least four successful flights must be achieved. Direct communication from the instructor must be available. At this point, Para Pro 1 is now completed.

Exercise 14 – Flights 2 – Introducing turns: The student should reach a reasonable and consistent level of competence and confidence whilst flying with a greater ground clearance (maximum 30m / 100ft) maintaining good airspeed and making gentle turns. The student should be briefed on turns and the need to keep a good lookout. The turns should be no more than 90° (i.e. less than 45° from directly into wind.) Direct communication from the instructor should be available. At least four successful flights must be made.

Exercise 15 – Flights 3 – Completing a simple flight plan: The student should reach a reasonable and consistent level of competence and confidence whilst making flights with a further increased ground clearance. Flights should involve unassisted launches, turns of 90° to 180° whilst keeping a good lookout, good airspeed control and controlled landings within a defined area.

Phase 4 – Flight Exercises
has been completed and understood.

Instructor’s Signature Date

Phase 5 – Theory and Examination

Objective: Through lectures, lessons, talks and personal study the student should achieve the required knowledge level in these subject areas.

Exercise 16 – Theory – Meteorology.

Exercise 17 – Theory – Principles of flight.

Exercise 18 – Theory – Rules of the Air and air law.

Exercise 19 – Para Pro 2 (Elementary) examination: After you have completed your exam paper the instructor will go through each of the questions so that incorrect answers can be discussed and your knowledge / understanding corrected.

Phase 5 – Theory and Examination
has been completed successfully.

Instructor’s Signature Date

Final Assessment for Para Pro 2 (Elementary) Pilot Rating

Exercise 20 - Instructor’s Declaration: I have checked that the training exercises detailed above have been successfully completed. I confirm that, to the best of my judgement and knowledge, this student has the right attitude to flying and has reached the standard of airmanship required to continue training in this discipline.

Para Pro 2 (Elementary)
Exam Study Guide

Know the Rules of the Air:

Flight Theory:

Be able to define the terms Lift, Drag and Angle of Attack.
Understand the relationship between pressure and airflow above and beneath the wing or canopy.
Understand what causes a wing to stall.
Understand what happens to lift and drag when control inputs are applied.

Understand wind gradients and its effect.
Understand how ground obstacles can affect local airflow.
Understand what to look for when assessing take-off and landing areas.
Understand the basic principles of wind and airflow over hills.
Understand how turbulence is produced, and its hazards to the pilot.

Understand the relationship between airspeed, wind-speed and ground-speed.
Know your responsibilities to other air users.

Apply to the IHPA for your Para Pro 2 (Elementary) Pilot Rating:

Congratulations on completing your elementary pilot training! You should now, without fail, fill in the Para Pro 2 (Elementary) Pilot Rating Application form in the centre of this booklet and have your instructor sign it, and return it to the IHPA Training & Flight Safety Officer.