Q1. WHEN CAN I START MY COURSE?
Q2. CAN I COMPLETE MY COURSE ON WEEKENDS?
Q3. WHAT GEAR DO I NEED TO BRING?
Q4. WILL THE DAYS OF MY COURSE BE CONSECUTIVE?
Q5. WHERE DO YOU MEET ON DAY 1 OF THE COURSE?
Q6. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE COURSE?
Q7. CAN WOMEN LEARN TO PARAGLIDE?
Q8. CAN I START AND PROGRESS MID-WEEK?
Q9. DO YOU FLY & TRAIN YEAR ROUND?
Q10. HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE?
Q11. IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?
Q12. ARE YOU INSURED?
Q13. DO YOU PROVIDE EQUIPMENT FOR RENTAL OR SALE?
Q1 ::: WHEN CAN I START MY COURSE?
On receipt of your booking form and deposit,
we will contact you to arrange a starting day, usually on a weekend, but
the weather will play a large part in deciding when.
Q2 ::: CAN I COMPLETE MY COURSE ON WEEKENDS?
Yes if you are only available on weekends then you can start and continue
your course over different weekends. Be aware however that not every weekend
will be flyable due to bad weather, so it is vital if you have limited
free time that you make sure you are available on all flyable weekends.
Long summer evenings after work can also provide good opportunities for
some nice flying for those students who make the effort to come out and
Q3 ::: WHAT
GEAR DO I NEED TO BRING?
We supply all the flying equipment, all you need to do is dress appropriately
for the weather and time of year. Bring light wind-proof clothing, that
you can put on or take off as required. You will be walking and running
over rough terrain so a good pair of ankle supporting boots is essential,
a change of socks, a packed lunch with plenty of water, a camera or small
video is always a good idea.
Q4 ::: WILL
THE DAYS OF MY COURSE BE CONSECUTIVE?
Inevitably, because of the weather, the days of your chosen course
will not be consecutive but rather will be spread over several flyable
weekends (and flyable weekdays if you are available).
Q5 ::: WHERE
DO YOU MEET ON DAY 1 OF THE COURSE?
The most common meeting place is the main st in Blessington Co Wicklow
on day 1 of your course,But sometimes this can change due to weather conditions.
All students are notified of our meeting place when we contact them prior
to starting there course.
Q6 ::: HOW
LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE COURSE?
This will depend on two factors the weather and YOU. We are available
to teach whenever conditions are suitable, be that on long summer evenings,
mid-week, or weekends. Each individual student's ability to join us and
fly at any opportunity that presents itself, will determine how long it
takes. You need to apply yourself and devote as much of your free time
as you possible can to completing your course.
A para pro1 course will take a minimum of 3 days to complete, but can
take longer. A para pro 2 course will take a minimum of 6 further days
to complete, but can take longer. A para pro 3 course will take a minimum
of 15 further days to complete but again can take longer.No student has
gone from complete beginner to qualified pilot in under 2 seasons of flying.
Q7 ::: CAN
WOMEN LEARN TO PARAGLIDE?
Of course they can and they tend to be better, and pick up the basics
quicker than their male counterparts. It is quite common on day one of
a training course to see an eight or nine stone female student inflate
and control her training glider with apparent ease using technique and
observation, while beside her a sixteen stone male struggles using just
Q8 ::: CAN
I START AND PROGRESS MID-WEEK?
Yes. If you are available mid-week make sure we know about it. If enough
people are available we will start or continue a course mid-week as long
as favourable weather persists.
Q9 ::: DO YOU
FLY & TRAIN YEAR ROUND?
The wind strength and prevailing weather on any given day will dictate
if it is flyable or not. If conditions are favourable it is possible to
fly and train at any time of the year. However in winter, the days are
shorter and bad weather can curtail all flying activity for long periods.
The main flying and training season here in Ireland runs from March to
the end of September as this is when our weather is at its most settled.
HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE?
You need to be in good health and have a basic level of fitness. When
you are learning to paraglide you will be required to walk back up the
training hill you have flown from. How many times you can walk back up
a hill will usually determine how many flights you get. You should not
suffer from any serious physical or mental condition. If in doubt consult
you doctor or ask us.
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?
Yes you have to be at least 18 yrs of age. We dont operate an
upper age limit as long as you meet the health and fitness requirements,
again, if in doubt consult your doctor
ARE YOU INSURED?
Q13. DO YOU
PROVIDE EQUIPMENT FOR RENTAL OR SALE?