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Journey of Solo Paragliding Pilot|Step-by-Step Guide

Updated: Jun 25, 2023

Hey there, adventure enthusiasts! If you've ever dreamt of flying through the air like a bird, paragliding might be just the sport for you. But remember, safety should always be your top priority, especially in India. In this easy-to-follow guide, I'll walk you through the steps to ensure a safe and successful paragliding journey, from beginner to becoming an independent cross-country or Acro pilot. Let's get started!

Please navigate this step-by-step guide by pointers below

Read our post the journey of a solo paragliding pilot.

Step 1 - Start with basic training

Begin your paragliding journey by taking the P1, P2, and P3 courses. These courses, typically completed over a week, teach you the basics of paragliding. You'll learn how to control the paraglider, perform take-offs and landings safely, and understand basic weather conditions and air traffic rules. Once you've completed these courses, you can join a pilot club and fly under the supervision of experienced instructors.

P1, P2, and P3 course is the first step to start your paragliding pilot carrier. Read more...

Step 2 - Get the right gear and join a pilot club

The second step is to buy your paragliding equipment from a certified dealer. If you're on a budget, you can also consider second-hand equipment but always seek advice from your instructors before making a purchase. Additionally, you can also join our pilot club for free and enjoy flying in a safe club environment.

Step 3 - Fly with experienced pilots

As a club pilot, you'll have the opportunity to fly alongside experienced instructors or senior club pilots. They will guide you, help build your confidence, and enhance your paragliding skills. The club members and instructors often organize flying trips around India, so you can join them during weekends or holidays to gain more experience.

Step 4 - Take your skill to the next level

Once you've gained some flying experience, it's time to enroll in the P4 course. This advanced training program will take a few weeks to complete. During this course, you'll learn advanced techniques like thermalling (using rising air currents), soaring (staying aloft without an engine), and improving your landing accuracy. These skills will enable you to fly for longer durations and explore new heights.

Step 5 - Handle emergency situations with SIV training

After accumulating more flight hours and experience, you can take the SIV course. This training focuses on teaching you how to handle emergency situations and control your paraglider in unstable conditions. You'll learn maneuvers to recover from spins or collapses and gain confidence in handling unexpected situations.

Step 6 - Choose your path: Acro or cross-country paragliding

By this stage, you'll gain decent flying experience (100 to 150 hours). Now it's time to decide whether you want to pursue acrobatic flying or cross-country flying. Acro flying involves performing stunts in the air, which requires additional skill and fitness training. Cross-country flying involves soaring through high altitudes and enjoying beautiful views during long-distance flights. Choose the path that excites you the most!


So, what are you waiting for? Get started now! Don’t wait because there is no better time than the present. You can start by reading this blog post and following the steps above to make your dream come true of becoming a paragliding pilot.


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