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Elementary Pilot course- Beginner

The Elementary Pilot (EP) is a BHPA paragliding course for complete novices and is the first step in getting qualified to paraglide, (international certification level 2). By the end of your week you can expect to be enjoying long solo flights of up to 25 minutes.

The location of our paraglidimg school allows you to take advantage of the excellent weather conditions and high mountains of Switzerland for maximum airtime!

What will I learn?

This is an extremely fun course with lots of practical outdoor aspects and also some theory classes. The first 1 or 2 days are spent on the training hill learning to take-off safely with a small amount of essential theory….all with the aim of getting you flying solo as soon as possible. You will then fairly quickly progress on to short solo flights learning a number of various skills in the air.

Next steps in gaining your certification

The Elementary Pilot award is not a qualification but just a stepping stone in getting certified to fly unsupervised. To get certified to fly a paraglider and be able to get insured you need to then complete the Club Pilot course which is another 5 day course.

If you have the time you can also do the full 2 week EP and CP course which is the quickest and easiest way to learn to paraglide and finish with a qualification that allows you to fly unsupervised.

The BHPA Elementary Pilot course


From paragliding beginner to competently flying solo.


  • 5 days


  • COURSE: 990CHF
    Included: 5 days tuition.
    Included: 5 days tuition, 6 nights accommodation with breakfast and all transport by van or cable car.

We charge an extra 200CHF rental fee for paragliding equipment for the week and this includes third party insurance.

All students are required to have their own personal accident insurance prior to starting the course and if you are flying on your own equipment, you are also required to have your own third party insurance.


Our EP paragliding courses run every week of the summer from the end of May through to the end of September. Courses start every Monday. If you have booked with accommodation, arrival days are every Sunday with departure the following Saturday.

Special offer!

Get your Elementary Pilot course with accommodation free when you purchase your paragliding kit before arrival.

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