Paragliding Courses

Before you book your P1+P2 certification call 7203693080 to check availability.

Here, you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed in order to fly in a safe and fun way. No experience is required.

The full certificate paragliding course at Boulder Paragliding is the perfect way to experience the magic of flying on your own for the first time or take your existing aviation skills to a new level.

We will cover all the requirements in order to get you fully certified as a USHPA P1 and P2 pilot. The USHPA P2 license will allow you to fly not only with The U.S. but also in most places around the world.

Why Boulder Paragliding?

  • 16+ Years of World-Class Paragliding Experience
  • USHPA certified instructor with the most experience in the Boulder area
  • 7+ Years teaching dozens of students how to paraglide
  • 12,000+ tandem paragliding flights combined between Julian and Mauricio without any incidents.
  • Lessons in English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
  • Student Referral Program
  • Full support with all learning materials included in the cost of your course:
    • Radio
    • Boulder Paragliding T-shirt
    • Boulder Paragliding Stickers
    • Gear for ground handling and 3-5 flights.

    What Our Students Are Saying

    Boulder Paragliding Student Reviews

    Our Philosophy

    We understand that “taking the leap” into flying is as much of a psychological challenge as it is physical. We will assist you by teaching you unique techniques and skills that will accompany your training; including goal setting, imagery, self-talk and relaxation techniques. This results in you have the highest likelihood of enjoying the process and achieving your goals.

    We aim to create a learning environment. Our students receive positive reinforcement for trying their best, improving and helping others to learn through cooperation. We promote an environment that focuses on the personal journey of each student.

    What are Boulder Paragliding lessons like?

    Fun! Most of our lessons are in a small group environment, this way we assure you get all the attention you need in order to progress at your own pace. On your first day, you will meet your instructors and get to know each other well. We want to learn about any previous flying experience you might have, why you are choosing to paraglide, your physical abilities, your schedule and anything else that might impact your learning experience.

    The first couple of days are spent in the ground kiting and getting familiar with the gear, terminology, weather, safety, etc. Once you have perfected your kiting on the training hill we will hike up to the lowest takeoff and you’ll go on your first solo flight with your instructor guiding you by radio from takeoff to landing.

    Expect a combination of practical and theoretical lesson plans. Most of our students graduate as P2 pilots in about 16 days of lessons. Keep in mind that every person learns at a different pace and consistency is huge when it comes to Paragliding.

    What’s Included?

    • Unlimited paragliding lessons during the season (Apr – Oct)
    • 8+ hours of ground handling
    • 8 – 10 hours of theory lessons (Intro to Paragliding, gear, aerodynamics, meteorology, how to control your glider, rules of flying, how to handle difficult situations, safety, etc)
    • 35 flights (these will be guided by your instructor via radio)
    • Full equipment rental for up to 3-5 flights – After this, it is highly recommended you buy your own equipment.We are committed to finding the best possible equipment for our students.
    • Radio
    • Boulder Paragliding pilot t-shirt
    • Boulder Paragliding stickers
    • Online flight log
    • Full personalized assistance and guidance from your instructor, both in the ground and up in the air
    • P1 + P2 USHPA Exams (theory and practice)
    • P1 + P2 USHPA Certification
    • BONUS : Free teaching tandem flight

    What Will I Be Learning?

    • To be humble and connect with nature (in paragliding we depend 100% on the weather conditions)
    • To be patient
    • How to use your gear and equipment
    • Ground Handling (kiting is the most important skill of your paragliding career)
    • How to layout and pack up your paraglider
    • Pre-flight checks on glider, harness, radio and other equipment
    • How to safely take off with different wind conditions (forward and reverse launch)
    • How to fly and glide in mild to medium conditions
    • All needed tools to make wise decisions during your flight
    • Landing techniques and approaches
    • Smooth and accurate airspeed control
    • Theory on aerodynamics and meteorology
    • Rules of flying
    • How to read weather and assess flying conditions
    • What to do in dangerous situations
    • All the required skills of the P2 USHPA program:
      • Stabilo line
      • Rear riser steering
      • Safe use of the Speed System
      • Ability to deploy and recover from “Big Ears”
      • Co-ordinated, smooth 90, 180 and 360 degree turns
      • Turns with no hands
      • And more.

      Where and when do we train?

      We train between April 15th to October 1st in North Boulder. For ground handling lessons and flights, we meet in the parking lot of the Foothills Community Garden. Lessons are held most days between 7:00 am and 10:30 am weather permitting.

      The Foothills Community Park has a training hill and three takeoffs at different altitudes. This helps students build up their confidence and skills in a progressive manner. Keep in mind that you will need to hike up between 20 to 25 minutes with your gear, so get ready to get in great shape!

      Theory lessons will sometimes be held on the field and sometimes in a classroom setting.

      Who are the instructors?

      The team of instructors at Boulder Paragliding are all USHPA certified and have been teaching for years. We pride ourselves on producing confident pilots, with skills that will allow you to fly anywhere in the world.

      What do I need to bring with me?

      • To be at least 18 years old (anyone under 18 must have parent’s authorization)
      • Comfortable clothing, hiking/running boots (we highly recommend to have shoes with ankle support), sunscreen, sunglasses, and thin gloves
      • Motivation, willingness, and patience to learn
      • Good health and physical conditions (you don’t need to be an athlete but you do need to do some running and hiking)
      • Pay attention to your instructor at all times and trust him (he will always know what is best for you)

      Boulder Paragliding will provide all necessary gear for all new students. However, it is recommended and expected that students buy their own gear from Boulder Paragliding after the 5th lesson. This will help you connect and get familiar with your wing, harness, etc. Additionally, you’ll be able to learn all the skills with your own gear which is essential to your safety and confidence as a Paragliding pilot.

      How long does it take to get certified?

      The program’s duration will mostly depend on your consistency and commitment to the sport. We recommend our students to attend our lessons as often as possible, as it takes a while for students to get used to the new movements, build muscle memory, absorb all the new information, and master all the skills. Once you’ve got the momentum, everything starts “clicking”, and you start coming as often as possible to classes, you’ll be able to learn faster, fly safer and complete the course in a shorter time frame.

      Boulder Paragliding gives every student the whole season to finish the course (April 1st through October 1st). If for some reason you can’t finish the course during the season, we can arrange extra classes for an additional fee.

      If your schedule is pretty tight and you’ll only be able to participate in the lessons during the weekends, it will be harder and it will take you longer to finish the course.

      Here are some examples*:

        • If you come every day, you can finish your course in about 15 days
        • If you come every weekend, you can finish your course in about 8 weeks
        • If you can come 3 times per week, you can finish your course in about 6 weeks
          *Keep in mind that this estimates will vary due to weather and the student’s ability

        Not sure about Paragliding?

        We offer a 1-day intro lesson for $347. The great thing is that if you decide to sign up for the full course, we will apply $200 to the “P1 – P2 Beginner Paragliding Course”

        Paragliding Courses

        Before you book your P1+P2 certification call 7203693080 to check availability.

        Here, you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed in order to fly in a safe and fun way. No experience is required.

        The full certificate paragliding course at Boulder Paragliding is the perfect way to experience the magic of flying on your own for the first time or take your existing aviation skills to a new level.

        We will cover all the requirements in order to get you fully certified as a USHPA P1 and P2 pilot. The USHPA P2 license will allow you to fly not only with The U.S. but also in most places around the world.

        Why Boulder Paragliding?

        • 16+ Years of World-Class Paragliding Experience
        • USHPA certified instructor with the most experience in the Boulder area
        • 7+ Years teaching dozens of students how to paraglide
        • 12,000+ tandem paragliding flights combined between Julian and Mauricio without any incidents.
        • Lessons in English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
        • Student Referral Program
        • Full support with all learning materials included in the cost of your course:
          • Radio
          • Boulder Paragliding T-shirt
          • Boulder Paragliding Stickers
          • Gear for ground handling and 3-5 flights.

          What Our Students Are Saying

          Boulder Paragliding Student Reviews

          Our Philosophy

          We understand that “taking the leap” into flying is as much of a psychological challenge as it is physical. We will assist you by teaching you unique techniques and skills that will accompany your training; including goal setting, imagery, self-talk and relaxation techniques. This results in you have the highest likelihood of enjoying the process and achieving your goals.

          We aim to create a learning environment. Our students receive positive reinforcement for trying their best, improving and helping others to learn through cooperation. We promote an environment that focuses on the personal journey of each student.

          What are Boulder Paragliding lessons like?

          Fun! Most of our lessons are in a small group environment, this way we assure you get all the attention you need in order to progress at your own pace. On your first day, you will meet your instructors and get to know each other well. We want to learn about any previous flying experience you might have, why you are choosing to paraglide, your physical abilities, your schedule and anything else that might impact your learning experience.

          The first couple of days are spent in the ground kiting and getting familiar with the gear, terminology, weather, safety, etc. Once you have perfected your kiting on the training hill we will hike up to the lowest takeoff and you’ll go on your first solo flight with your instructor guiding you by radio from takeoff to landing.

          Expect a combination of practical and theoretical lesson plans. Most of our students graduate as P2 pilots in about 16 days of lessons. Keep in mind that every person learns at a different pace and consistency is huge when it comes to Paragliding.

          What’s Included?

          • Unlimited paragliding lessons during the season (Apr – Oct)
          • 8+ hours of ground handling
          • 8 – 10 hours of theory lessons (Intro to Paragliding, gear, aerodynamics, meteorology, how to control your glider, rules of flying, how to handle difficult situations, safety, etc)
          • 35 flights (these will be guided by your instructor via radio)
          • Full equipment rental for up to 3-5 flights – After this, it is highly recommended you buy your own equipment.We are committed to finding the best possible equipment for our students.
          • Radio
          • Boulder Paragliding pilot t-shirt
          • Boulder Paragliding stickers
          • Online flight log
          • Full personalized assistance and guidance from your instructor, both in the ground and up in the air
          • P1 + P2 USHPA Exams (theory and practice)
          • P1 + P2 USHPA Certification
          • BONUS : Free teaching tandem flight

          What Will I Be Learning?

          • To be humble and connect with nature (in paragliding we depend 100% on the weather conditions)
          • To be patient
          • How to use your gear and equipment
          • Ground Handling (kiting is the most important skill of your paragliding career)
          • How to layout and pack up your paraglider
          • Pre-flight checks on glider, harness, radio and other equipment
          • How to safely take off with different wind conditions (forward and reverse launch)
          • How to fly and glide in mild to medium conditions
          • All needed tools to make wise decisions during your flight
          • Landing techniques and approaches
          • Smooth and accurate airspeed control
          • Theory on aerodynamics and meteorology
          • Rules of flying
          • How to read weather and assess flying conditions
          • What to do in dangerous situations
          • All the required skills of the P2 USHPA program:
            • Stabilo line
            • Rear riser steering
            • Safe use of the Speed System
            • Ability to deploy and recover from “Big Ears”
            • Co-ordinated, smooth 90, 180 and 360 degree turns
            • Turns with no hands
            • And more.

            Where and when do we train?

            We train between April 15th to October 1st in North Boulder. For ground handling lessons and flights, we meet in the parking lot of the Foothills Community Garden. Lessons are held most days between 7:00 am and 10:30 am weather permitting.

            The Foothills Community Park has a training hill and three takeoffs at different altitudes. This helps students build up their confidence and skills in a progressive manner. Keep in mind that you will need to hike up between 20 to 25 minutes with your gear, so get ready to get in great shape!

            Theory lessons will sometimes be held on the field and sometimes in a classroom setting.

            Who are the instructors?

            The team of instructors at Boulder Paragliding are all USHPA certified and have been teaching for years. We pride ourselves on producing confident pilots, with skills that will allow you to fly anywhere in the world.

            What do I need to bring with me?

            • To be at least 18 years old (anyone under 18 must have parent’s authorization)
            • Comfortable clothing, hiking/running boots (we highly recommend to have shoes with ankle support), sunscreen, sunglasses, and thin gloves
            • Motivation, willingness, and patience to learn
            • Good health and physical conditions (you don’t need to be an athlete but you do need to do some running and hiking)
            • Pay attention to your instructor at all times and trust him (he will always know what is best for you)

            Boulder Paragliding will provide all necessary gear for all new students. However, it is recommended and expected that students buy their own gear from Boulder Paragliding after the 5th lesson. This will help you connect and get familiar with your wing, harness, etc. Additionally, you’ll be able to learn all the skills with your own gear which is essential to your safety and confidence as a Paragliding pilot.

            How long does it take to get certified?

            The program’s duration will mostly depend on your consistency and commitment to the sport. We recommend our students to attend our lessons as often as possible, as it takes a while for students to get used to the new movements, build muscle memory, absorb all the new information, and master all the skills. Once you’ve got the momentum, everything starts “clicking”, and you start coming as often as possible to classes, you’ll be able to learn faster, fly safer and complete the course in a shorter time frame.

            Boulder Paragliding gives every student the whole season to finish the course (April 1st through October 1st). If for some reason you can’t finish the course during the season, we can arrange extra classes for an additional fee.

            If your schedule is pretty tight and you’ll only be able to participate in the lessons during the weekends, it will be harder and it will take you longer to finish the course.

            Here are some examples*:

              • If you come every day, you can finish your course in about 15 days
              • If you come every weekend, you can finish your course in about 8 weeks
              • If you can come 3 times per week, you can finish your course in about 6 weeks
                *Keep in mind that this estimates will vary due to weather and the student’s ability

              Not sure about Paragliding?

              We offer a 1-day intro lesson for $347. The great thing is that if you decide to sign up for the full course, we will apply $200 to the “P1 – P2 Beginner Paragliding Course”

              Do I Need A License To Fly?

              If it is the first time that you practice paragliding, you are probably wondering yourself “do I need a license to fly”? The answer is no! If you are thinking about trying tandem paragliding with us, you don’t need any license or previous experience to enjoy the flight.

              At Overfly Tenerife, all our flights are perfectly suitable for those who want to experiment at least once in a lifetime how does it feel — for those who want to try the amazing feeling of floating in the air. Especially, for those who want to learn to fly or beginners who need to improve their flying techniques. During the tandem paragliding experience, you will be flying with one of our great experienced instructors who will be by your side in your adventure.

              The paragliding instructor who goes with you will take the control and he or she will guide you to the best places with the most astonishing views of the south of Tenerife. Due to the instructor is the one who controls and guide, hence flying without a license is an option with us.

              Do I need a license to fly a paraglider?

              Can you fly without a license? Paragliding is a technical sport, so it requires some theoretical training before taking off for the first time on your own.

              As in any sport, safety is of outstanding importance — that is the reason why we want to make sure that we cover every aspect of safety, security and information before our pilots make their first flight.

              So now the question is, do I need a license to fly on my own? The answer this time is yes. Licenses to fly are granted by paragliding federations in each European country under rules set by civil aviation authorities. These licenses to fly are given once you have passed a theoretical and practical exam. You must take an introductory paragliding course to do these exams, and it is taught in the paragliding schools mentioned above.

              In Spain we have got the Real Federación Aeronáutica Española (RFAE), which brings together sports federations of regional scope, associations and sports clubs. It is an active member of the International Aeronautical Federation (FAI), which is the international governing body for aerial sports — founded in Paris in 1905.

              What do I need to get a paraglider pilot license to fly?

              I want to become a paraglider pilot, but I don’t know how to do it. What does it take to become a pilot? How to get a paragliding pilot license? We will tell you all you need to know about pilot license requirements and how to learn to fly and be a pilot.

              As have mentioned previously, you have to obtain the proper formation to become a paragliding pilot. Normally, the regional paragliding federations of each country have a list of recognized paragliding schools and instructors that possess the knowledge and training appropriate for teaching. Make sure the school is authorized to teach, as they will be responsible for preparing you for the exam to obtain your paragliding license.

              It is important both the instructors and the school have their degrees up to date. Your instructor must have the title of Sports Technician Level 1. You can get more information in the paragliding federation of the region where you choose your paragliding school. If you choose Tenerife, you can do it in the Canary Federation of Aerial Sports (FECDA).

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              How long do I need to get a license to fly?

              First of all, we want to remind you that you can get your pilot license in an official paragliding school. Paragliding schools get their recognition from the hand of the Paragliding Federations of each region.

              The new learners have to spend approximately 20 hours in theoretical classes and at least another 40 hours of practice flying with an instructor to get a basic license.

              During the theoretical classes you will learn about aerodynamics, security, meteorology and flying techniques. The practical teaching consist in at least two tandem flights with your instructor and more than 15 flights on your own, in which you will be assisted by your instructors during the take-off and the landing.

              If you have any doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be pleased to help you anytime! Remember that you don’t need a license to fly with us — so we will be waiting for you in the south of Tenerife!

              overfly 8 72ppp

              Paragliding flight company located in Costa Adeje, Tenerife, with more than 30 years of experience

              Source https://www.boulderparagliding.com/products/paragliding-certification

              Source https://www.boulderparagliding.com/products/paragliding-certification

              Source https://overflytenerife.com/do-i-need-a-license-to-fly/

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