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Full Certification Course

$1,500.00

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$950 to $1500 (or more) for full P1/P2 Course

You get what you pay for.

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With our program you can pay per lesson as you progress. Each lesson is $150 and about 2 to 3 hours long. The United States Hang Gliding Paragliding Association has outlined the requirements necessary for certification. We have found that it takes the average person about 10 to 15 lessons to finish all of the requirements competently. Some people are able to finish more quickly and others need more assistance. So, we have structured our program so that you just pay for what you need. On one hand, you may be able to finish the course in 10 lessons or less. On the other hand, you may want more lessons so that you are a more proficient pilot. The more time you spend with us, the better and safer of a paraglider pilot you will become. Also, some people enjoy taking extra lessons because it is so much fun. When conditions permit, we often fly and train at other locations as well. The pilots who stick with us longer, soon build up an impressive list of various places they have flown. So, you will get what you pay for. You can either pay for the minimum and do the minimum requirements, or pay for more lessons and get more experience. Once you have paid for 10 lessons, the price per lesson drops to $100 a lesson.  Enjoy progressing at your own pace. Come out when your schedule allows, there is no worry of a time limit.

 

DISCLAIMER: the very fastest we have seen people finish the course was in 5 days when the weather was perfect every day and we were able to do 2 lessons each day for a total of 10 lessons. One of the requirements for a P2 rating is to have at least 5 different flying days. So, it is impossible for it to take less than 5 days. A minimum of 25 flights is required for a P2 certification; we average about 5 flights per lesson. Sometimes we can get up to 10 flights or more in a lesson if the conditions are ideal. Sometimes we only get in one flight in a lesson, but the flight was 1 ½ hours long. Sometimes the wind is not cooperating and we cannot fly. So please keep in mind that lesson productivity is directly correlated to the wind conditions. Some days are super productive and some days are not. Another requirement is to have finished 8 hours of classroom style ground school. We do not do all 8 hours at once. It would be information overload. We have found that most people can digest 2 to 3 hours at a time. So, we do the ground school requirement a few hours at a time but count it as 2 lessons at $100 each lesson. So, ground school is $200. So, if you flew 5 different days with only one (productive) lesson per day and then did the ground school, the very minimum you would pay for a P2 would be $950. Lastly, we kindly ask that you respect our flexible program and not pressure the instructors into finishing as quickly as possible, even though that is the idea and the goal for some people who are only with us for a limited time. We understand that many people travel great distances and invest a lot of time money and effort to be here with us. So, we will always do our best to maximize and fly and train as much as possible given the conditions.  It is in everyone’s best interest to be careful, cautious and safe and only fly when it is appropriate. The number one thing you will learn paragliding is patience… patience with yourself, your instructor and the weather. But with patience you will reap the reward of some amazing flying experiences and your life will never be the same. Upon landing after an epic flying session, people will often confess that it was the best experience of their life.

  • Each lesson is $150.
  • After paying $1500, then lessons are only $100 each if further instruction is desired.
  • After all certification requirements are met field trips to other sites are only $100.
  • No time limit.
  • Flight log and all necessary training equipment provided.
  • Can pay per lesson, in installments, or all at once.
  • Utah Paragliding students receive extra discounts on new equipment: $50 off harness, $50 off reserve parachute, and $300 off wing of choice
  • Tandem flights included in training.
  • Discount tandems for family and friends: $125 instead of $150.
  • Flights from multiple sites, when conditions permit.

 

What will the P1/P2 certification course get me? Utah Paragliding’s program is structured to allow you HOWEVER MANY LESSONS YOU NEED in order to achieve all P-2 requirements, with NO TIME LIMIT. All equipment is provided. It takes the average person about 10 to 15 lessons to work their way down the certification checklist. Many of our local students finish their P-2 training with almost enough flights and hours for a P-3 rating. We are never in a hurry to kick you out of the nest. However, some people are in a hurry. So, folks who travel from out of town to learn here, or even locals who want to learn fast are welcome to just pay per lesson. Progress is made so much more quickly when lessons are attended consecutively so as much as possible, it is best to not take long breaks between lessons. But if that happens, then it is okay since there is no time limit to finish the certification in. Utah Paragliding students also enjoy special discounts on equipment when they are ready to buy. You can plan on $50 off your harness, $50 off your reserve parachute and $300 off your wing from retail prices. These discounts apply only to new gear; discounts do not apply to second hand gear. No equipment purchase is required for lessons. Training occurs on the school’s gear. Utah Paragliding sells Skywalk paragliders. Skywalk is our favorite brand out there. However, we realize that there are other great brands as well, so if you would like another brand that is totally fine. We can get any brand, so please just let us know and we can make it happen. All student discounts still apply. We do our best to keep demo gliders on hand for you to try. But it is very difficult to keep every make in every size and color combination in stock; there are just too many options. So please be aware that it may take a few weeks to get your new glider after ordering it, as we order each glider upon demand. During peak season sometimes it may even take up to a month, because gliders sell out and factories get backed up. So, it pays to plan ahead and order early as soon as you know what you would like. In the meantime while waiting for orders to arrive, we are very good about keeping you in the air on school gear. In the past this has generally been a non-issue for students. Memberships with the UHGPGA (Utah Hangliding Paragliding Association) and USHPA (United States Hangliding Paragliding Association) are both required to be able to fly at the Point of the Mountain. Prospective pilots will need to pay for these memberships in order to legally fly at the flight parks.

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