What better way than a P1 paragliding course to learn something unique while having the most exciting time of your life! Paragliding is a fun-filled and thrilling activity to engage in, and continues to garner widespread fame. It gives you a chance to fly without having to shell out treasures on buying aircraft tickets. Another bonus of opting for the activity is that you have the chance to steer your own glider whichever way you want, and not depend on the pilot of the aircraft. Feel the wind on your face while you fly at a considerable height, and have the time of your life. If you are a beginner and stay in India, you can enrol for a recognised paragliding course and learn this exciting sport.
To take this course, you have to be older than 15 years, and have to weigh at least 45 kg. One of the best places to take the course is Kamshet near Pune that is a paragliding paradise in India. The three-day training for paragliding course in Pune here involves a lot of excitement, challenges and lessons. You will get to meet new people and learn the sport from experienced trainers. Your first day will be spent on a flat ground, where you will get familiarised with the glider and its various controls. The trainers will instruct and guide you at every step of the course, and it will help you to advance to the next level. Your course will be inclusive of ground school classes, allowing you to understand the relevant concepts better. You will get the first taste of the sport on a simulator at the school, and it will make it easier for you to acquire the necessary skills. Before you fly, you will be shown representative videos of paragliders in flight, which will help you a lot in your future lessons.
You will learn wind and site assessment, canopy layout, introduction to equipment, pre-flight checks, control familiarisation, forward inflation, ground handling, steering, speed controls, turning the glider and canopy deflation. Other techniques that you will learn are assisted take-off, safe landing, radio-supervised flying, post-flight procedures and maintenance of the canopy. The next phase of your paragliding training comprises instructions on taking-off and landing on gentle hill slopes. After this, you will fly solo for the first time, following a go-ahead by your instructor. Post clearing your flight test and written exam, you will get the student pilot rating, enabling you to enrol in the P2 course for an open sky pilot. The fee of your P1 course is inclusive of theory, training, equipment and certification expenses.
Season - Oct to May
Timing - Mon and Fri for the 3 day course.
Training sessions in winter begin at 7 AM and end by 6 PM
The course fee is towards theory, training, equipment use and certification
Initially called Karmakshetra, meaning the land of your actions, Kamshet is located off the Mumbai-Pune Highway, which was earlier named NH 4. Buddhist cave temples, medieval fortresses and hill stations are dotted along the highway, and are often utilised for paragliding. Kamshet is around 110 km from Mumbai and 45 km from Pune, and the new expressway makes commuting to it quite easy.
Kamshet is generally chosen to conduct paragliding training in Pune because of the moderate elevation of the Sahyadri mountain range. Here novice and student pilots can easily reach the take-off points as they are not at great heights. As the hills do not soar high in the sky, there is a plentiful of spacious landing areas, which are essential for beginners.
Kamshet is among the best places to opt for a paragliding course in India. This is mainly because of its weather, which mostly remains favourable for the activity. Club pilots can rely completely on it and come here on all their weekends. As the average velocity of the wind stays around 20 km/hour, flyers can come here and perfect their flying and ground handling skills. October to February is the time when Easterlies blow, while between March and June the Westerlies are active, and they allow people to try both dynamic and smooth flying.
What to Wear
To paraglide with ease, you need to wear t-shirts, full pantaloons, comfortable shoes and a cap. You are discouraged from wearing slippers, though. Carrying sunscreen lotion and tinted goggles is absolutely essential as high up in the air, you will be exposed to harmful ultra-violet radiations. Also carry snacks and water with you, in case you feel dehydrated or are in need of refreshment.
1. Dorm Stay and all meals
2. Applicable for weekdays (Monday to Thursday)
3. Classes including theory, training, equipment use and certification
2).Personal expenses such as table drinks, rooms services items, laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.
3).Any additional expenses caused by disturbance in trip program due to circumstances like weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc.
4).Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.