Extreme Sports Cafe's partner UK Paragliding School is based on a 17th Century Yorkshire farm and most of the training is on hills within easy commuter distance from Leeds or Manchester. We have sites in the south Pennines that are the closest to Manchester and Leeds. Situated within easy reach of the M6, M1 & M62 motorway networks. The main paragliding slopes are within 1 hour of Birmingham & Nottingham, 30 minutes from Liverpool, and just 25 minutes from Manchester and 35 minutes from Leeds.
If you haven't flown before, paragliding offers you the unique opportunity to fly solo on your very first day! Hang gliding with its more complex controls and higher speeds takes considerably longer. It is more demanding, physically and mentally and therefore most beginners opt to fly paragliders first. In fact, the latest paragliders now have "hang glider" performance becoming, in fact the new hang glider.
A paraglider is best described as a hang glider in a rucksack. Weighing as little as 5Kg (11lbs), it is easily carried and stored. It takes minutes to set up, yet they are capable of flying huge distances across country (currently the record is over 200km) and at very high altitudes regularly at cloud base!
Extreme Sports Cafe's partner Yorkshire Paragliding School is the UK's most experienced professional hang gliding and paragliding training centre. They are recommended by the Paragliding sports Governing Body, the BHPC. Our partner UK Paragliding School has a consortium of centres throughout the UK, the original centre is based in the south Pennines close to Manchester and Leeds. Situated within easy reach of the M6, M1 & M62 motorway networks. Our main slopes are within 1 hour of Birmingham & Nottingham, 30 minutes from Liverpool, and just 25 minutes from Manchester and 35 minutes from Leeds.
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Extreme Sports Cafe's partner UK Paragliding School, was originally founded in 1973 as a Hang Gliding School, by the former Hang Gliding World Champion Graham Hobson. He was joined in 1979 by Tony who took his first steps on the same slopes used today. Tony spent time at various location across the country and in South Wales before returning to Manchester. Where he reunited with Graham and took the role of CFI learning the trade from a World Champion. He liked the school so much that he became a partner in 1981. During the 80's and 90's Tony was a member of the national Training Panel - responsible for the UK Training Syllabus and the Senior Coach in the Pennines. Tony remains the Club Chief Flying Instructor, making him, arguably the longest standing full time professional CFI in foot launch aviation. Graham now runs the oldest running Microlight Club in the UK.
The School, widely regarded as the most experienced in the country, flourished teaching only hang gliding until paragliders were invented. Tony first flew a "parachute" off the slopes of Mam Tor in 1986 - the only local hill steep enough to leave the ground. Watching closely the development of these new "hang gliders", Tony recognised, just as his partner Graham did almost a decade earlier, that hang gliding could be improved and consequently introduced paragliders into the training environment, initially as an aid to learn traditional hang gliding. Soon the paraglider performance and stability would clear the way for the latest and most accessible form of hang gliding better known as Paragliding. Throughout the 1990's Tony, whilst running the school full time with his team of instructors was also dominating the competition scene, winning a string of national and international titles. He remains the British Tandem Paragliding Pilot, undefeated since 1997. He runs the school with his family. Jack his youngest son, eager to step into the old mans shoes! John is Assistant to the Instructor whilst the latest addition to the Team is Marek, who is now embarking on becoming a Trainee Instructor.
Frequently Asked Questions UK Paragliding Yorkshire
Is there a weight limit?
Yes, but its more important to be reasonably fit with weight in proportion to height. Our maximum weight on school equipment is 18st / 115kgs. But it is possible to buy a paraglider capable of taking a pilot of up to 130kg. Click here to see inclusive packages.
Is there an age limit?
Yes, to fly solo by law you must be at least 16. You may fly tandem with an instructor and parental consent from 12 upwards. The maximum age we will teach you is 70. However there are pilots flying well into there 70's! If you are over 55 or have a medical history, eg diabetes, heart condition etc, you will need a doctor to sign a health declaration.
What is AFNOR and DHV certification?
These are the two norms developed for the certification of paragliders, AFNOR in France, adopted by SHV and most countries, DHV in Germany. Without going into detail, their categories essentially classify which paragliders are suitable for which pilot levels. Those categories are Standard, Performance, Competition in AFNOR/SHV and Class I, II and III in DHV. The FAA does not certify Paragliders. But the voluntary certification as described above is certainly a good indication for what is generally suitable for a beginner, intermediate or very advanced pilot.
Do I need a license to fly?
Legally no. No license is required to paraglide or hang glide. Paragliding and hang gliding is governed by the Civil Aviation Authority and is a self-regulated sport under the auspices of the British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Council (BHPC) which certifies instructors and they issue pilot's ratings based on experience and skill. However to own a paraglider and go fly it, you should have the knowledge and skills that you acquire with these ratings.
How high and far can a paraglider fly?
The current world's distance record is over 200 miles. In the UK flights of over 100 miles are not uncommon. Paragliders are restricted from flying above 18,000 feet. (Oxygen is normally used above 10,000.) Paragliders have been launched from the highest mountains of the world including Everest.
How much does a paraglider cost?
Paragliders are not cheap, although they represent one of the least expensive ways to get into the air. A new paraglider suitable for a recently trained pilot will cost up to around £2,000; used paragliders can be obtained for much less. Apart from a glider you need a harness, helmet, flight suit and boots; later in your flying career you may choose to buy instruments and other useful accessories.
Paragliding is a great community. You'll often find championship-winning pilots comparing notes with novices; both know that theirs is perhaps the simplest and most intuitive way of flying yet devised. If you want to enjoy the challenges that only being truly at one with the elements can provide, book a training course today!
Peak District Paragliding Courses in England from Extreme Sports Cafe
Extreme Sports Cafe's partner UK Paragliding School are the UK experts in paragliding lessons and full paragliding courses. Our partner UK Paragliding School, specialise in beginners and provide BHPC structured courses. The Paragliding School is based at a 17th Century Yorkshire farm with most of the training on hills within easy commuter distance from Leeds or Manchester. Learn to fly a paraglider or why not try a tandem flight with the team run by a British Champion Tandem pilot all in the UK.
Normally students meet at 10.30am and after a brief theory session, you will be on the hill learning how to control the paraglider, initially on the ground. Once you can manage this you will attempt to make your first flights on gentle nursery slopes and will be no higher then a set of kitchen steps. As your skill and confidence increases, you will progress higher up the hill to make longer, higher flights. At this stage we will use two-way radios to guide you safely through the air. Soon you will be soaring like a bird, airborne for hours! Where appropriate Dual Control Paragliders may be used. On completion of your CP course you will be invited to register with the Club and the British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Council, so that you can take advantage of annual insurance cover and many other benefits.
Extreme Sports Cafe's partner UK Paragliding School in Yorkshire, offers two routes to training...firstly they provide the training and equipment hire or secondly, you can purchase a complete package including the aircraft, equipment and training. If you’re not sure, why not try one of our Paragliding Taster courses. Paragliding Courses run in the UK from the end of March to December.
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UK Paragliding Tandem Flights and UK Paragliding Taster courses
UK Paragliding Yorkshire Tandem Flight £129
Approximately 15 minutes soaring with the British Champion Tandem Pilot and Instructor. An ideal present! Tandem flights are taken on a two man Paraglider where the pilot does the flying for you. While you are airborne you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view. If conditions permit it may be possible for you to take the controls. The Tandem flight should be about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the conditions sometimes the wind may drop in which case a couple of flights may take place. Tandem vouchers make unique gifts for someone wishing an air experience.
UK Paragliding Yorkshire 1-Day Taster £199
This 1 day course will cover Ground training and launch practice. Due to recent health and safety considerations we cannot guarantee you will be sufficiently competent to undertake low-level flights by the end of the first day. Our customer feedback strongly favours the two-day course where you are likely to get a lot of flying on your second day. However if you are really fit and able you may take to the air at the end of the first day.
UK Paragliding Yorkshire 2-Day Taster £299
If you want to try paragliding or you're looking for that extra special present, this is ideal. On day one, you will start with a briefing, introduction to equipment followed by simulator practice & flat ground training. This will involve starting, steering and stopping the paraglider, without your feet leaving the ground. Day two should see you in the air with some low level flights no more than a few feet above the ground. As your confidence and skill develops, you will move swiftly onto steeper slopes, where you will gain higher altitudes. You will be in control and will go no higher than you want to. By the end of two days students can be flying from as high as 400' although you may have more modest aspirations.
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UK Paragliding Elementary Pilot Course £535
This is a serious introduction to the sport of paragliding. By the end of this 4 day paragliding course you will have attained a basic level of competence, receive your EP Certificate, which marks the half way point in the basic training syllabus. You should achieve over 20 flights. This 4 day course can be taken as a block or more likely (with British weather), may be split up over weekends or weekday to suit you. By the end of the course you should be able to perform high flights up to 600' with 90 degree turns and stand up landings in a target area. You will sit a multiple choice examination. This qualifies you to go on to the BHPC Club Pilot course. You will be expected to maintain a Flying Log book provided.
UK Paragliding Club Pilot Course £535
This is the follow on paragliding course (after the EP) run over 4 days. By the end of this course you should be able to soar above the hill several times, perform 180 degree turns, plus be trained in a number of advanced manoeuvres. You will be expected to study the Resource pack before starting this paragliding course and be familiar with the concept of stalls, ridge soaring, turn dynamics, landing approach procedure as well as a good knowledge of meteorology and relevant air law. Once you have passed all the tasks, you need not necessarily fly under the strict supervision of an instructor.
UK Paragliding Combo Beginner to Club Pilot £945
As it sounds - the complete paragliding course to solo standard. The Combo course is up to 8 days of training combining Elementary and Club Pilot courses, with the aim of making you a competent soaring pilot. This course can be taken at any time over 12 months, often at weekends.
UK Paragliding Yorkshire Course Notes
Inclusive UK Paragliding Yorkshire Packages Arcus 7 Paraglider package only £3300.00 Axis 5 Paraglider package only £3300.00 Prima IV Paraglider package only £2795.00 Used Paraglider package from £1750.00 UK Paragliding Yorkshire Flying Sites UK Paragliding Yorkshire What To Bring Paragliding UK Courses in Yorkshire England from Extreme Sports Cafe
All packages include; Up to 10 days within 12 months Training to Club Pilot Standard, (subject to ability) Paraglider, Paragliding Harness, Paragliding Helmet, Paraglider Connectors, Membership to the Club*, British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Council Membership.
Includes the revolutionary Swing Arcus 7 paraglider - the most stable and secure wing available (certified DHV1-2)
Includes Swing Axis 5 (certified DHV1)
Includes the revolutionary APCO Prima IV paraglider - a very stable and secure wing (certified AFNOR standard)
This package will include a certified used paraglider (model dependant on stock availability)
Inclusive UK Paragliding Yorkshire Packages
Arcus 7 Paraglider package only £3300.00
Axis 5 Paraglider package only £3300.00
Prima IV Paraglider package only £2795.00
Used Paraglider package from £1750.00
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