Have you signed up for an Initiation Course with us? Or not yet? In any case, here is the information you need to anticipate your arrival!
Are you ready to touch the dream of Icarus on the most famous basin in the world of paragliding?
This will be an intense week physically but especially mentally. Indeed, we will have a lot of skills (practical and theoretical) to teach you during this week. Therefore, every minute counts!
Come with your game face on, put your best foot forward (litarally) and everything will be fine 😉
What is planned over the week?
Your programme will, of course, depend on the weather conditions at the time. But here is a “classic” schedule.
Each day starts between 7am or 8am and ends around 5pm.
In the morning
We start the day with ground handling, the basic practice to learn how to fly your wing on the ground. This is usually done in the Doussard landing field. Once the instructors ascertain that you are ready to handle a take-off (between Tuesday and Thursday), it’s now your turn to fly solo.
In the afternoon
Most of the time, the weather conditions in the afternoon do not allow us to practice outside (due to your level, or too strong of a wind, for example).
During the theoretical part of the day, we take the opportunity to review the videos of your ground handling or morning flights. This is to continue your progress and to pin point areas of improvement.
We will also discuss theoretical subjects related to your practice.
Your first flight...
”No stress, the instructors are there! One instructor will accompany you to the launch to take off for the first time. The second one will guide you from the landing by radio until your return to the ground. A magical moment in complete safety!
To anticipate your course
It is important to have a medical certificate (stating you’re fit & healthy) and to validate your licence with the FFVL. If you have these we will be ready to start ground handling as soon as you arrive 😉
Here are the instructions to obtain your FFVL licence.
Here are the topics we will be covering during the week. They are listed below, so that you can look at them out of curiosity.
- The mechanics of flight: why does a paraglider fly?
- Building a flight plan.
- Meteorology and aerology.
- Practice framework (insurance, regulations, your Federation for example).
- Air speed, ground speed and glide ratio.
Don’t forget your equipment!
- Your sunglasses
- Thin gloves
- A long-sleeved top
- 2 pairs of closed shoes (preferably trainers) as the grass is wet in the morning and your feet will be soaked!
Take a picnic and water for each day. Also a snack for those afternoon munchies!