Is a SIV course for me?

SIV courses for Paragliding Safety

The reason we do SIV courses for paragliding pilots is to really make people more comfortable in the air with their gliders and also give them confidence in their ability to control the glider and what that does is when you're flying in a thermic arena, cross-country flying, then it frees up that element of doubt on the fear that you might have in your glider to stop you looking up at it, and then panicking and thinking of negative things like the glider collapsing and controlling it.

Advanced SIV paragliding courses to fly better

What SIV paragliding advanced course does is it gives you a better understanding of that so when the collapse comes in, you can control it and it frees your mind to look at where the lift is, where the other guys are and you just fly more instinctively and use less fear and brain sugar and stress, and that way, by making you more, relaxed it makes you fly longer.

That's the whole idea to benefit from an SIV course.

What do I need to do an SIV paragliding course?

We normally ask for a minimum of about 10 hours of air time since getting your pilot license. In fact the less hours you've got the easier is and more fun it is to do an SIV course because the pilots are a blank canvas hungry to learn and they respond directly to your commands. The more experience you get the more instinctive it becomes and the less they listen to the instructors.

So in all, it's all about your frame of mind where you are, if you really want to absorb it and enjoy it and just do one, if you're not sure about it and you're really apprehensive then it's probably worth not bothering even though done well.

SIV paragliding courses to build your confidence up

I've been teaching SIV since 1991 and each student's manoeuvres have been logged and stored in my secret vault on average. We have a hundred students a year, none of that hundred about four throw their reserves because they've needed to or because they're too low to get to the shore, so they might as well throw it anymore.

Choose a good paragliding instructor

SIV instructors consider it a failure if they get a student in the water so it's important that when you're selecting a course and instructor for you that you make sure you have a good empathy of them and that they understand your requirements. If you do choose to do an
SIV course, make sure it's with equipment buoyancy aids over water and with a good fast rescue boat.

Paragliding instructors and guides like myself have all worked hard and feel very proud to be in the position we are today and we're very approachable, so don't be afraid to come up to us and ask us any question about paragliding as long as it keeps you safe and helps you get the most out of this great sport.

This post is a transcription of the video "Security in flight" de Jocky Sanderson

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