BHPA Elementary Pilot (EP) Paragliding Beginners Course – UK




4-5 Day Course in UK

Dates: June 2024 / July 2024 / August 2024 / September 2024

Suitability: Complete Beginner

Location: South Downs in Sussex, UK




Welcome to your inaugural step towards mastering the art of paragliding in an extraordinary setting! Our certified BHPA (British Hang & Paragliding Association) course is designed to transform complete beginners into Elementary Pilots (EP) in just 4-5 days.

The Elementary Pilot (EP) stage precedes the Club Pilot (CP) qualification, achievable through an additional 6-day course. Once CP qualified, you gain the freedom to soar through the skies unsupervised.

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Course Structure

PHASE 1 (Ground Training)

  • Introductory Talk
  • Site Assessment Briefing
  • Introduction to Canopy and Equipment


PHASE 2 (Ground Handling)

  • Pre Flight Checks
  • Getting into the Glider
  • Launching the Glider
  • Directional Control


PHASE 3 (First Hops)

  • Getting Airborne (low level)


PHASE 4 (Flight Exercises)

  • Higher Flights
  • Introducing Turns
  • Making Basic Flight Plans


PHASE 5 (Theory and Exam)

  • Theory lectures
  • EP Exam


Our exclusive course, is capped at a maximum of 2 Pilots. This limited class size guarantees the highest quality and safest instruction, maximising productivity throughout the week. Experience accelerated progress in a secure and enjoyable learning environment.

We are committed to equipping you with the essential skill set and confidence required to emerge as a proficient and independent pilot. Whether mastering thermalling, cross country flights, confined landings, or interpreting weather patterns, you’ll be prepared for the diverse challenges that lie ahead.

Download the BHPA Elementary Pilot Training Guide



Teaching Philosophy

Individuals have diverse learning preferences, paces, and comfort levels with pushing their boundaries. In the realm of paragliding, where much is a mental challenge, I don’t impose a rigid system on you; instead, I tailor a system that suits your unique needs. Although we laugh, play and fly as a group, as much as I can, I try to keep the coaching one to one.

My objective is to empower you to become a self-sufficient learner. The foundation lies in cultivating a mental space where you feel at ease, secure, and open to experimentation. I carefully select sites and conditions that progressively challenge you without inducing fear, ensuring a consistent learning environment to solidify the skills imparted.



What’s Included?

  • 4-5 Days Elementary Pilot (EP) Course
  • Professional Instruction & Training
  • New Each Season Paragliding Equipment
  • ‘Paragliding The Beginners Guide Book’ worth £23.95




Getting There

Simply drive and meet at arranged meeting point or get a Train to Preston Park just outside Brighton and we will pick you up.



Additional Extras

BHPA Membership

It is compulsory to join the BHPA to partake in any BHPA course. 3 months Training membership is around £100 which is enough for your EP course but to ratify your CP qualification you will need a minimum annual member costing around £174.

Please join and pay this online with the BHPA before your course starts. An explanation of all current BHPA fees can be found here.

You can join the BHPA here.

​Please check out the FAQ’s for more detailed information.



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