5 STAGES OF PARAGLIDING ::: THE PARA PRO RATING SYSTEM
5 - CROSS COUNTRY
4 - ADVANCED SOARING
3 - BASIC SOARING and multiple choice exam
2 - HIGHER ALTITUDE GLIDING and multiple choice
1 - LOW GLIDING FLIGHTS
The Para Pro Rating System As It Applies To You:
Like other Aviation Sports such as hang gliding,
paragliding evolved from a have a go, teach yourself pioneering mentality.
The equipment used had a low performance, progress was slow, and accidents
were common. Training programs were introduced which dramatically improved
the safety record of the sport and today paragliding, if learnt properly,
carries no more of a risk factor than skiing.
The Para Pro system allows you to learn in a safe and progressive environment
under the supervision of a qualified IHPA instructor who initially will
make a lot of the critical decisions for you. As your skill level improves
you will start to make more and more decisions for yourself. Your progress
will be recorded and constantly monitored which means that any bad habits
or mistakes can be spotted early, and appropriate action taken.
It is oh to easy for an unsupervised novice pilot to take off on a modern
paraglider, gain height and within a short period of time find themselves
out of their depth, in a situation that they just dont have the
experience to cope with. It is reassuring to know that your instructor,
with a wealth of experience is only to aware of the hidden dangers that
await the foolhardy or overconfident novice pilot.
2) Site Access
The IHPA has negotiated access to some of our best
flying sites with varies bodies such as RTE, Coilte, private landowners
and air traffic control. In order to fly these sites you must be a member
of the IHPA and to join the IHPA, you must have public liability insurance
(which is available through the IHPA).
You must also have a proficiency rating, i.e. you must either be rated
as a student pilot - enrolled on a training course and only allowed to
fly under the supervision of a qualified instructor - or a qualified pilot
with a Para Pro 2 rating or above. If you do not have a rating you cannot
join the IHPA and some of the best flying sites in the country will be
strictly off limits to you.