Airways Airsports is one of the few schools to use a winch to teach you the skills needed to safely fly a paraglider. The key advantages of winch training are that it is a relatively quick and easy way to learn paragliding.
With none of the complications of learning early paragliding skills on a hill, a typical student will complete their 10-day paragliding course in a few weeks, rather than months or years using traditional teaching methods.
All paragliding courses start with safety and basic theory but you will usually progress to your first flight by early afternoon. When first airborne, you will be just a few feet from the ground, doing short flights, increasing to covering distances of up to 500 metres. As you progress you fly higher on each go and, with no hill to climb between flights, you will maintain better concentration and conserve your energy for the paragliding, typically completing five or six training flights a day.
Teaching is progressive and once you have mastered the basic skills on the winch we can easily convert you to hill or powered flying. If your aim is to do tandem paragliding, we can do that too. Once you have your Club pilot Certificate you can go to any paragliding winch operation in the country to go towing, or you can go on to do a hill conversion course.
Courses and Costs
A chance to try out paragliding and find out what it is like to take control before committing to a full course.
(Note: If you decide to go on to do a paragliding course, you can credit the cost of your taster day against the price of the course).
Complete your experience by adding a tandem high flight to your taster course for just £30.
The basic Paragliding qualification that teaches you everything you need to know to get you safely in the air.
£ 650 with wing purchase
£ 999 without wing purchase
The CPC follows on from the EPC and is the qualification you need in order to fly outside the school. When you complete your CPC you can fly in a club environment and are ready to progress to more advanced qualifications. The training introduces more advanced flying skills, like exploring the speed range of your paraglider, speed bar and rapid descent techniques.
Combined Elementary & Club Pilot “Best Deal” course price only …… £ 995
“Best Deal” is the cheapest way to learn and gets you the kit you’ll need to train, plus tuition up to CPC at a discounted rate of £ 995, when you purchase a Wing, Harness and Helmet on completion or start of your EPC.
EPC and CPC training only, with no kit purchased from us…. £1709
This course is for anyone who is already a qualified club pilot (or higher) paramotor or paragliding pilot. The course is normally 2-3 days depending on weather and consists of a minimum of 10 controlled tows and winch brief.
If you’re tempted but still not quite sure, why not try our Tandem Paraglider sessions or a full Taster Day. We would recommend you try one or both of these first.