PG1 Course

So, you want to fly? Be careful, it’s surprisingly addictive!

The PG1 course starts with the Intro Day and is typically a 3 day course. If you’ve completed an Intro Day, but want more, it’s no problem. Just let us know that you want to carry on. You can upgrade at any stage.

If you’re booking a PG1 course, please read the Intro Day details for what to bring.

The NZHGPA PG1 Course Syllabus

Demonstrated competency in the following skills:

  • Correctly un-pack the equipment, prepare for launch, and pack the equipment after use
  • 5 point check prior to each flight.
  • Demonstrate 3 phase launch:
    • 1. Canopy establishment (inflation)
    • 2. Check / correct, and
    • 3. Take-off or abort.
  • Have completed at least 6 satisfactory paragliding flights on at least 2 separate days.
  • Be able to land in a standing position.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of hard landing technique.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance of assessing suitable and safe conditions according to the pilot’s ability.
  • Demonstrate a safe attitude towards paragliding.

Flight Log Requirements:

  • Kept and accurate and up to date log book.


  • Written answers satisfactory and accepted.

Paraventures’ PG1 Course Syllabus

The PG1 course syllabus requires a minimum of 6 flights. We do 10, including high flights! You’ll come to realise that our philosophy of training often exceeds the minimum requirements. What’s a high flight? Your first high flights are usually from either Cardrona Ski Field or Coronet Peak! That’s more than 600m height difference between launch and landing…

Our PG1 Course is usually structured as follows:

Day 1:

  • Introductions, admin and paperwork.
  • Wind and weather discussion.
  • Allocation of equipment.
  • Introduction to Equipment.
  • Ground training and learning the forward inflation.
  • A minimum of 4 training hill flights.
  • Packing equipment.
  • Complete log-book.
  • Theory discussions including:
    • IMSAFE.
    • Pre-flight checks.
    • The effect of wind. Wind speed, ground speed and air speed.
    • Knowledge of equipment.

Day 2:

  • Wind and weather discussion.
  • PLFs and avoiding injury.
  • Reserve deployment simulation.
  • A minimum of 4 additional training hill flights.
  • Complete log-book.
  • Theory discussions including:
    • Theory of flight.
    • Pitch, roll and yaw.
    • Asymmetric collapses.
    • Landing approaches, including:
      • Principals of a good landing.
      • Fig-8 landing approach.
      • Aircraft landing approach.
      • Flaring.
      • Managing excess altitude.
      • Maintaining airspeed.

Day 3:

  • Wind and weather discussion.
  • First high flight briefing, including take off, flight plan and landing.
  • 2 high flights, from either Coronet Peak ski field or Cardrona ski field.
  • Complete log-book.
  • Theory discussions including:
    • Equipment maintenance.
    • Concertina packing.
    • Wind and weather, including:
      • Judging wind.
      • High and low pressures.
      • Warm and cold fronts.
      • Wind gradient.
      • Compression and venturi.
      • Turbulence.
  • PG 1 theory exam.
  • What’s next.


The first step is to register as a student. This can be done here.

Once registered, you can book a PG1 course here.

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