This course is for those who have done some homework and decided to learn the sport.
The Basic course is the first step towards making your dream of flying come true. It is a great feeling to be up in the air, enjoy the freedom experienced by the birds and get a sense of achievement. We follow a training syllabus. Here's how the course works:
You'll start with the ground school. We allot you your individual flying kit for training. There will be short brief on the theory of flying. We will explain why things fly and how the glider is designed. This way you will know not only what to do but how it works and why. You'll get a set of notes specifically written for this course that will help you review what you learn on the field.
Ground handling is where you run with the glider on flat ground. You do this so that you can practice: inflating the glider, running with it, staying centered, making turns and slowing down. In short, practicing, all the basic elements of a flight before you even leave the ground. Becoming proficient in these fundamentals is the most important part of this course. When you find that you can consistently inflate the glider, run with it, steer smoothly and slow the glider down, you'll be ready for your next level of getting lifted off your feet. Ground Handling Video
Confident is how you want to feel while leaving the ground and that’s where the instructor plays an important role. You'll be glad that you came to Space Apple for training as we do not train big groups but give individual training. You are trained to takeoff independently without assistance. You will begin with short hops from small heights and then graduate to proper solo hill flight. You'll have flight plan for each flight so you'll know what to do and your instructor will guide you on the radio as you fly. Depending on the weather conditions and the hill we use, your initial flights will be of two to five minutes duration. You'll get a number of flights to practice launching, steering, landing and just enjoying the sheer pleasure of being airborne! Bunny Hops Video , First Flight Video
Cost: Rs. 15,000/- Non residential. Club house accommodation with modern amenities @Rs.450 per day.
How Long will it take?
This course is usually completed in three days. Weather may extend the course to a fourth day. Training schedule is 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening on the field. Afternoons are spent watching training videos and completing basic theory lessons.
What to wear?
Ankle support shoes are a good investment if you love outdoors adventure sports. An alternative would be your best pair of shoes for outdoor activity. Full sleeves T-shirt is a must along with denim trousers. Plenty of water and high energy fruits or chocolates will be useful. Get your camera along.
Where do we fly?
There are a number of hills we might use depending on the wind conditions. Most of these are around Virar. Ground training field is about 1 km from the club house. We also have the option of winching or towing out on the plains or seashore.
What are other costs?
Generally people from Mumbai return back home in the evening and come back the next morning. So your traveling cost to Virar and what you spend on your own food is the only other expense.
What about safety and risks?
Paragliding is an adventure sport and like any other adventure sport has inherent risk associated with it. We have years of experience in training which helps us eliminate and reduce the risk. Our group size is small and the site is not congested with pilots. Being a coastal area winds too are more predictable. All these factors help us maintain a good safety record. We are equipped with first aid facilities and a stretcher. You are expected to have insurance and mediclaim policy to cover the risk.