Intro Day Paragliding Course

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Why go tandem when you can go solo? Learn to paraglide all by yourself!

An Intro Day paragliding course lasts about 6 hours and is the ideal way to experience paragliding. Combine adrenaline, adventure and learning. What an awesome experience.

The Intro Day paragliding course covers:

  • A little bit of paperwork.
  • An introduction to the equipment.
  • Equipment preparation and set-up.
  • The inflation of the paraglider.
  • Controlling the wing above your head as you run! Gentle turns on the ground.
  • How to safely abort a launch.
  • 5 point pre-flight checks.
  • Experience the launching sensation as you skim the ground over a gentle slope.
  • The important components of a good safe landing.
  • Basic theory.
  • A minimum of 4 flights from the training hill. More if there’s time.

We have a couple of different training hills we use. Both are around 30 metres in height… you get to fly! 

Learn in the most forgiving environment possible. You’ll be under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor at all stages. When you come to fly, communication will be via radio. You’ll always know what to do.

What to Bring

We provide all the paragliding equipment. This includes gliders, harnesses, radios and helmets.

Students should bring:

  • Sturdy footwear. Boots if you have them. You’ll be running, launching, landing and walking up hills.
  • Layered clothing. It may be cold in the morning. Exercise will make you hot!
  • Lunch.
  • Drinking water.
  • Sun block.

We provide helmets, but if you’d prefer, bring your own. A ski or snowboard helmet provides sufficient protection.

Want More? Other Paragliding Courses

The Intro Day paragliding course may have you itching for more. Paraventures teach to the New Zealand Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (NZHGPA) syllabus. We also offer PG1 and PG2 paragliding courses.

Everything you learn in the Intro Day will count towards a PG1 or PG2 paragliding course.

The Intro Day, and the first day of PG1 are exactly the same.

Getting There

Paraventures offer Intro Day courses in two locations. One is in Cardrona, the other is below Coronet Peak (between Queenstown and Arrowotown).

The village of Cardrona is 20 minutes drive from Wanaka and 45 minutes from Queenstown.


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