Beginners Paragliding Courses

Intensive paragliding courses for beginners

If you want to learn to fly, the best way is probably to do an intensive course, since it is proven that you progress much faster than if you give your flight lessons in a discontinuous way only on weekends. Our intensive paragliding courses are 6 /12 days long.

Learn to paraglide in the sunshine of Spain

Our Paragliding Flight Center is located at Algodonales, southern Spain, unlike anywhere else in Europe, you can learn all the skills to safely paraglide in one or two weeks, meanwhile in other countries, it can take months to acquire all the skills to qualify for your pilot’s license.

 

To be able to fly unsupervised you’ll need to complete two courses, each of which takes one week to complete (weather depending, of course):

IPPI 1+2 Elementary Pilot Course

This is a course for complete novices and is the first step in getting qualified to paraglide. At the end of this course, you have learned the basics of paragliding but you still need to fly under the supervision of the instructor. You need to complete the AIPPI 3 Club Pilot Course to fly unsupervised.

IPPI 3 Club Pilot course

This is the next step in your career to become an autonomous paraglider pilot. Once you have finished this course and all the tasks of the training program have been completed, you should have the skills you need to fly unsupervised.

Recognized FAI, APPI and BHPA Paragliding School

Zero Gravity is a paragliding school recognized internationally by Federations and Associations such as RFAE, FAI, APPI and BHPA, which guarantees the quality of our courses and the professional training of our instructors.

  • RFAE, is the Spanish Air Sports Federation
  • FAI, World Air Sports Federation, is the world governing body for air sports.
  • APPI, is an Association of Paragliding Pilots and Instructors wich Offers worldwide united education system
  • BHPA, the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, provides the infrastructure within which hang gliding and paragliding in the United Kingdom.
In our paragliding school, you can be rated in one or more of these organizations.

SAFEPRO PARA and the IPPI CARD Scheme

The CIVL International Pilot Proficiency Information (IPPI Card) reflects the pilot's proficiency and provides a standard reference by which all national rating programs may be compared. The IPPI Card is based on safety and training standards defined in the SafePro program.
For the pilot who flies outside of his known or local area, it is an easy method of providing proof of flying experience and proficiency. When a pilot travels abroad, the IPPI Card  will identify the pilot skills. The IPPI Card is valid only together with a current national licence or rating card.

The learning progression consists of five stages, from basic to advanced. It also divides the participants into students, they must fly under the supervision of instructors, and autonomous pilots who can fly unsupervised.

  • IPPI 1. Student. Ground Skimming
  • IPPI 2. Student. Altitude Gliding (altitude and space to do manoeuvres, no soaring)
  • IPPI 3. Pilot. Active Flying (preparing for turbulence, recovery and descending techniques…)
  • IPPI 4. Pilot. Soaring (flying in both ridge and thermal lift)
  • IPPI 5. Senior pilot (mastering one or more advanced practices)

Here you can compare the equivalent ratings between FAI IPPI, APPI and BHPA:

FAI. InternationalAPPI. International with exceptionsBHPA. For UK citizens
IPPI 1 Ground Skimming APPI 1 Discover Student
IPPI 2 Altitude Gliding APPI 2 Explorer Elementary Pilot
IPPI 3 Active Flying APPI 3 Pilot BHPA Club Pilot
IPPI 4 Soaring APPI 4 Intermediate Pilot BHPA Pilot
IPPI 5 Senior pilot APPI 5 Advanced Pilot BHPA Advanced Pilot