Learn to Paraglide in the UK

The Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas have some of the best Paragliding sites in the UK. The rolling hills and open moors provide gentle slopes and unobstructed landscapes for teaching beginners. In contrast, long ridges and beautiful countryside offer the perfect setting for soaring and cross country flight. There's something surreal about flying over this green and stunning landscape; a privilege that so few experience.

Active Edge uses many of its own un-crowded sites and some of the local Paragliding club sites. These are carefully selected to provide a high level of safety, accessibility, and space in which to train. We operate in the Yorkshire Dales seven days a week. Most of our sites are around the Settle/Ingleton area allowing easy access from the north of England and Scottish borders.

We teach in small groups of 2-6 students and pride ourselves on tailoring our training programs to meet the individual needs of our student pilots. The courses are very flexible; this allows students to progress at their own pace. Training at times which are convenient for them. Our practices follow the BHPA syllabus; students will stay in the school until all BHPA requirements are met. The instructor is satisfied that the pilot is competent and knowledgeable enough to fly safely without supervision.

Elementary Pilot Course

EPC in the Yorkshire Dales

Elementary Pilot Course

This course is the first qualification recognised by our association, the BHPA, and will typically take four to six days, depending on the student and weather. You will learn to make pre-flight checks, take off, turn and fly down to a controlled and designated landing. You will gain a sound understanding of the principles of paragliding, reinforced with theory. You will pass a short and straightforward multiple-choice assessment paper as part of your EP course. Once completed, the Club Pilot is the next rating you need to fly unsupervised anywhere in the world.

Cost: £695

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CPC in the Yorkshire Dales

Club Pilot Course

This course gets you from EPC to a competent CPC standard in about six to ten days of training, which can be spread out to suit your needs. The Club Pilot Certificate is your license to paraglide, allowing you to fly without the guidance of an instructor. It's your first step into the world of soaring and cross-country flight.

You will learn to reverse launch, to plan flights and landings, and you will become familiar with additional skills and functions of your equipment such as weight shifting, active flying, accelerated flight, and simple, rapid descent techniques. As part of the course, you also complete several soaring flights and possibly hilltop landings. Your instructor will ensure that you fulfill all the BHPA syllabus requirements, as shown in the course fact sheet, and satisfy him/her that you are capable of flying safely without supervision.

Your instructor will also teach you about how your paraglider works, flight theory, and safety. There is a short multiple-choice assessment paper as part of the CP course.

Cost: £895

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Club Pilot Course