Peak Airsports – Please note:
Enrolment for new students has now ended (indefinitely).
We are now FULLY BOOKED for new Paraglider students (Day taster / Elementary and Club Pilot courses) and not taking any new students or Tandems bookings.
If you wish to learn to paraglide, we suggest you have a look at the BHPA – web site for your nearest school.
Taster day Gift vouchers can still book in, if the voucher is still valid (within the 12 months of date of purchase). The Day Taster is intended are for those people who may wish to go on to start on a course with us.
If you think you only want to do a single day in Paragliding and do not intend to go on to a course with respect, may we suggest you look elsewhere.
The start of something truly Amazing with Peak Airsports!
Peak Airsports Club Pilots Certificate (CPC) for paragliding tuition, follows on from the Elementary Pilots Certificate and involves the kind of flying that all trainees really aspire too.
You will have spent three or four days during your Elementary Pilot Certificate (EPC) walking up the hills and flying down (all great fun)! With the CPC course you will learn to ridge soar (like a bird) and gain height to fly above take-off height and possibly land back at the top of the hill again! Whilst the Club Pilot Certificate course involves a lot of flying and airtime, we will be revisiting some of the earlier EPC ‘ground handling techniques’ as good glider control on the ground makes for a safer pilot in the air.
It is possible to complete the tasks for the BHPA Club Pilots Certificate Syllabus in six to eight days or so (in good conditions). During which you will get to know the local club coaches (while with the school instructors and local pilots and steadily integrate into the local club environment). Please note; Peak Airsports philosophy is not to get the student through there course ‘as quickly’ as possible, but to make sure that both the student (and instructor) are happy to go on to fly ‘unsupervised’ competently and safely for years to come. Peak Airsports student are regarded as good, safe novice pilots and normally have ‘hours’ of airtime while being trained within our school (not minutes like some other schools in the area, fact).
Even a ‘qualified pilot’ should never stop learning and strive to be a better pilot, always.
After qualifying as a Club Pilot with Peak Airsports, you may wish to join your local club and BHPA registered ‘Club Coaches’. They will help to provide guidance and useful advice to newly qualified pilots ‘for free’, well almost, what’s the price of a beer these days?
Just as during the Elementary training, we continue to use digital video and photo analysis of your launches and record elements of your flying to look at later (to help improve your technique) and create a ‘video file’ as a memento of your training also. You will continue to train in a small class size to ensure optimum instructor input and receive our ‘Peak Airsports CPC Training Pack’ and take part in lectures to help you complete your training and final BHPA CPC exam. Now go fly!
Club Pilot Course Fees
- Paragliding Club Pilot = £600 + BHPA Membership
Note – You may need to renew your BHPA Annual Membership (£99) if the membership you took out during your Elementary Pilots Certificate training has expired?
Please note: From 20.10.15 the minimum age anyone can train with us to fly (solo) is 18 years of age and the maximum age for ‘Solo’ Paragliding tuition (for day tasters or EPC / CPC Paragliding) courses with us is 65 years, thank you.
Beyond Club Pilots Certificate
On achieving your Club Pilot qualification (CPC) you have effectively passed your driving test for paragliders and you can now go and fly by yourself (without the supervision of the school) whenever you want (weather permitting:-). However, learning doesn’t stop here, if you drive a car or ride a motorbike, you will have no doubt heard the old adage; Now you have pass your test, the learning really starts. This is equally true for paragliding and our aim at Peak Airsports is to equip you with the knowledge and experience so you can make the correct decisions, this in turn will make you into a good, safe pilot. It will ultimately be ‘you’ that makes the decision to fly or not.
When you pass your Club Pilot qualification, you may want to continue flying in ‘The Peak District’. You need to join the local club. They control all the large sites in the Peak District and negotiate with farmers and the National Trust on your behalf, for the takeoff and landing areas. You should not fly on any land or hill, unless you have the permission from the land owner and the farmer. There are many clubs around the country, in all the best flying spots. A complete list can be found at the BHPA website.
The local club membership is between £20 and £35 a year. There is nothing to stop you from negotiating your own flying sites with a landowner / farmer, but as paragliding has such a tremendous social scene attached to it, most pilots are members of one or more clubs. New pilots should get to know the local club coaches and use their experience and skill to help the new novice Club Pilot to stay safe and improve on the skills they have learned while in the school.
Flying holidays with Peak Airsports – The Best!
Many pilots decide to take a paragliding trip abroad after getting their CPC to experience flying in other conditions. Take a look at our Flying Holidays All ‘Peak Airsports’ (past and present) students are entitled to go on one of our ‘invite only’ flying holidays and do some of the most fantastic flying, in some of the best places on the planet (only open to Peak Airsports students / past students)!