Learn to Fly

Introductory Course

R4,500.00 / 2 DAYS

A two-day course that allows you to experience paragliding. This is only available on the first weekend of each new full course presented. By the end of the introductory course you may join the rest of the basic license course, your introductory course fee will then be credited towards your basic license course.

TANDEM FLIGHT
The Intro Course allows for 1 tandem flight with your instructor.
This is an instructional flight of about 20min, during this flight the instructor, whilst seated behind you, will describe and demonstrate various techniques used to pilot a paraglider successfully.

WHAT TO WEAR
We recommend cotton pants or shorts in summer. A long sleeve shirt must be worn to prevent bruises and riser-bite. Bring a short sleeve shirt to change into afterwards. Closed shoes that are suitable for grassy and uneven terrain. Sunhat, buff, full fingered mountain bike gloves. These are mandatory! No Gloves, No training.

WHAT TO BRING
Water, and loads of it. Healthy snacks, such as biltong, energy bars and nuts. Sandwiches and easy to digest foods. Do not drink energy enhancing drinks such as RedBull. No alcohol is permitted during training, but we don’t mind sharing an ice cold Flying-Fish once the sun sets.

YOU WILL LEARN THE FOLLOWING:

THE GEAR
Learn and understand the very basics – wing and harness – and how it all fits together. Get to pack and unpack the gear properly.

LAYOUT AND GROUND CONTROL
Controlling the canopy on the ground is key to successful flying later on. Everything starts with proper launch and control technique. You will learn the Forward Launch technique during this course

SIMULATOR
Sit in a harness in our simulator to get a better understanding of what it feels like to steer a paraglider in the sky.

Some of us are late bloomers and need a patient and kind instructor to guide us in our journey to the freedom of flight.
Thank you Tracey for picking me up every time I failed. For me, giving up was never on my mind, and you did not give up on me, ever. Flying alongside my son and husband, just never gets old to me. Being up there , is my happy place.
Thank you A4A for opening the sky for me.
Iolanda Roth
Licenced 2016

Basic Licence Course

R 16.500 / 10-14 DAYS (Non Consecutive)

A Basic License is the minimum requirement by CAA to legally fly without supervision or instruction at all basic rated sites in South Africa and abroad (IPPI equivalent in Europe, or Club Pilot UK). This course is comprehensive and in-depth, we build a very solid foundation to take you further into the sport.

Due to our geographical location (inland and altitude) we do not do skimming or hopping flights as is practiced by the coastal paragliding schools. The air we fly in up on the highveld is much thinner so we prefer to send our students off on their high flights right from the beginning. We know this is daunting, but the solo flight is preceded by at least 3 tandem flights, and we know that by your 4th flight you are more than well equipment to make sound, safe and confident progress on your solo wing.

Attitude4Altitude believes that personal attention – quality over quantity – is the best way to work. Not only for us, but for our clients. At every step of the way the student is guided and watched over by an instructor. Student pilots are always in contact with an instructor via a radio. We also make use of a uniquely designed variometer, that allows us to hear what the student hears in thermic conditions, that way we can be perfectly in tune with what is happening at all times.

This course IS NOT FULL TIME > We train on weekends and public holidays for 6 months of the year. Our season starts the first weekend of February.

We run only ONE full time course annually, this is in Wilderness in November for 8 Days.We begin ground school 3 weeks before this fly-away to prepare students for flying and not wasted time on the beach. I hate sea-sand 😉

All of our classes are kept small, generally not exceeding 6 students at a time, that way you get more of our personal attention more of the time. From day 1.

WHAT TO WEAR
We recommend cotton pants or shorts in summer.
A long sleeve shirt must be worn to prevent bruises and riser-bite.
Bring a short sleeve shirt to change into afterwards. Outdoor rough terrain shoes. Sunhat, buff, full fingered
mountain bike gloves. These are mandatory! No Gloves, No training.

WHAT TO BRING
Water, and loads of it. Healthy snacks, such as biltong, energy bars and nuts,
sandwiches and easy to digest foods. Do not drink energy enhancing
drinks such as RedBull. No alcohol is permitted during training, but we
don’t mind sharing an ice cold Flying-Fish once the sun sets.

YOU WILL LEARN THE FOLLOWING

THE GEAR
Learn and understand all of your equipment – from the wing and harness, to the protection in your harness and the reserve parachute – and how it all fits together.
Get to pack and unpack the gear properly.
Gear safety and pre-flight checks

LAYOUT AND GROUND CONTROL
Learn canopy layout techniques, in gentle and strong wind conditions. Controlling the canopy on the ground is key to successful flying later on. Everything starts with proper launch and control technique. Expect to spend at least 12 to 16hrs on this aspect of your training.
Forward Launch Technique for light wind.
Reverse Launch Technique for stronger wind.

SIMULATOR
Sit in a harness in our simulator to get a better understanding of what it feels like to steer a paraglider in the sky.

TANDEM FLIGHT
The Basic License Course includes 3 to 5 tandem flights that count towards the 35 flights required for license.
Each instructional flight is about 20min. During these flights you will learn, through explanation and demonstration, how to make decisions in your new three-dimensional world. Various manoeuvres are required for Basic License, these manoeuvres are all demonstrated during the tandem flight by your instructor.

SOLO FLIGHTS
You are required to complete a minimum of 35 flights for your Basic License.
Each flight needs to demonstrate good launch, flight and landing ability. A flight has to be at least 3 minutes in length to be valid. This is our minimum standard, some schools count a flip off a dune as a flight, we believe that we are teaching pilots to remain pilots for years to come, and our students license anywhere between 7 and 9 hours total flight time, unlike the industry norm of 4hrs.

THEORY LECTURES
Two full days are dedicated to lectures. We prepare you for a long future in paragliding, although this is only the tip of the iceberg. Paragliding is an extreme sport, we aim to reduce that risk by teaching the correct process in decision making, weather judgement and personal ability.


We thoroughly enjoyed learning to fly with Attitude4Altitude. Tracey and Adam are a well balanced team and safety is always to the fore. While the aim was to get us to pilots' licences, the course and the pace of it was tailored to our needs and progress. A4A continue to watch over us and offer much-appreciated support even after we have flown the coop.
Gavin Andrews
Licensed June 2019
Doing a paragliding course with A4A is like joining a big family whose main purpose is helping make you a good, safe pilot. Every opportunity is used to teach or reiterate learning. But there’s always time for fun and great weekend getaways. I especially loved having a female instructor who totally gets me.
Noleen Pauls
Licensed June 2019
Having flown hang gliders for a number of years I considered carefully which school to select to learn paragliding.
Over the years I had observed many paragliding instructors and schools. In selecting A4A I made an outstanding choice. I had seen A4A in action and was always very impressed by their professional approach to the sport. Tracey is a highly skilled pilot and has many years of experience both flying and instructing. She provided a level of personal support, encouragement and guidance on a day to day basis, her level of patience is exceptional. Tracey still continues offering me support and advice whenever we are at a flying site together. I feel part of the A4A family. Tracey and her crew have knowledge of both thermal and coastal flying and they are able to communicate clearly to students, they are all passionate, focused and committed to safety.

Students are allowed to progress at their own pace to their own skill level. This is an excellent and rarely found combination! There are several things that I will always remember. 1) Your patience and emphasis on safety. 2) Your emphasis on mastering ground handling skills prior to any flight. 3) Your positive and encouraging outlook toward the sport and your students
I am also very satisfied with the equipment I got from you. It is a perfect fit for my size and abilities. I couldn’t suggest anyone more honest, competent and dedicated, I can recommend A4A to anyone who is serious about flying.
Imelda Egan
Licenced 2016

PROGRESSION COURSES

R 3,500.00 / 3 to 4 DAYS

If you have learnt to fly at the sea-level and you are finding conditions rough and unreadable back home, do not despair. Flying inland can be as enjoyable as coastal soaring. We are will guide you through the progression and allow you to build that confidence in a safe, guided, and fun environment. Bambi is as good as paradise ridge!
 
We also travel to various sites inland and expose you to all the beautiful exciting sites we love to fly. From just ridge-soaring in calm conditions to exciting cross-country flying, we are happy to include you in our family of pilots.

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
Day to day personal guidance and assistance. We will adjust any flaws in technique, or refine them for thermic altitude launching and landing. This includes attaching our custom build vario to you which allows us to hear what you hear whilst flying in thermic conditions. That way we can better guide you through the experience. 

Attend any of our lectures when they are held. Normally twice a year.
Or book a private 1hr session.

After having a few flights with my previous instructor, I quickly understood that I needed a lot more attention and instructions. Probably, more than an average pilot if I was to survive this awesome experience and live to tell the story. I happened to meet Tracey while I was looking for a used wing and decided the same day that I had to change my flying school. It turned out to be one of my best decisions ! The team of instructors at Attitude4altitude are probably the best out there. Not only do they cover the technical aspects of paragliding to a great level of detail but also bring their own experiences to the field. Safety of the students is utmost important but having said that they know having a good time is equally important (especially while para-waiting).
Without a doubt, I would join them over and over again!!
Rupin Mehta
Licensed Aug 2019

For us, the payback comes in watching our students smile!

We work for a living. We teach paragliding for fun!  These are just a select few moments that make our lives as instructors special. It is hard work, don’t get us wrong, but the reward comes as we watch each student grow on their own time. Each of us love to fly ourselves and have invested years and many many hours in our own progress. We take all of that collective experience and transfer it to our pilots, new or advanced, we learn from each other on a daily basis. Flying is always dynamic.

We never stop believing in your ability to succeed. We have had a few challenging cases, and the outcome thus so far is 100% success. Some people take longer to learn than others but hey… that is why we are called a SCHOOL. There is no such thing as a mistake, it is just another opportunity to do it better the next time round. Mamma Goose and her team have got you! (thanks class of 2016 for coining that MG phrase that has stuck ;-\ and cannot be shaken it seems, so I will own it now _ TK)

In 2018, after a long absence from flying, I made inquiries at SAHPA about the re-certification process and was given a list of all the local schools within Gauteng. To be honest, the information available on the web was old, outdated and irrelevant and a lot of the websites were not functional. All, except one!

This is when I came across A4A, who looked current with an updated website, upcoming courses and recent flying trips to local and other provincial sites with loads of photos and stories. I got hold of Tracey and explained that I required an Instructor to sign me off so that I could re-certify my license.
She informed me that a lot had happened within the 18 years I had stopped flying, especially in the design, safety and performance of the new gliders compared to the ones I had been flying in the late '90s! Tracey also reminded me that I had been out of the sport longer than I had been in it and that I would need to redo my license from the beginning!!

So, my journey with A4A began in July 2018. I had the luxury of having being taught by 2 instructors, once in 1997 and again with Tracey and Adam in 2018.
Re-joining and being part of a Paragliding School has been an amazing experience and getting to know Tracey and Adam has been a privilege! Their love of the sport comes through in the training and the one overriding factor has been the emphasis on safety. If the weather, wind strength or direction is not favourable, you don't fly. The old adage they repeat, "It's better being down here wishing you were up there than being up there, wishing you were down here!"

Both Tracey and Adam have a vast amount of knowledge which they freely share, from micrometeorology to the history of glider materials, they take you through your learning at your own pace without ever making you feel rushed or harassed. Safety is paramount and that can be seen in their training as they develop your skills and which then becomes a cornerstone of your own flying skill set.

I cannot recommend A4A highly enough, from the one-to-one instructions, including radio contact, makes even the most nervous of first-time soloists become safe, well trained, competent pilots. The beauty of being part of A4A is that it doesn't end there when you have completed your course and you are now the proud holder of the coveted Paragliding License. You will always be part of the A4A community which means getting together with past students for flyaways, social events and being part of a bigger entity, that being the "A4A Paragliding Famil
Wallis Short
Licensed 2019