4 paramotors having a blast with a hot air balloon over the somerset levels one summer evening

Advanced Courses

Why learn with us?

At Sky Riders, we’ve been creating a community of passionate pilots for years. Our advanced courses are designed to help you refine your technique, master new skills, and unlock the full potential of this exhilarating sport.

With our team of highly experienced instructors, all boasting extensive flight time and a deep understanding of advanced paragliding techniques, you’ll receive personalised guidance and expert coaching in a safe and supportive environment. Whether you’re aiming to master thermalling strategies, learning to repack your parachute or honing your cross-country navigation skills, Sky Riders will equip you with the knowledge, confidence, and advanced flying techniques to soar to exciting new heights with your paragliding journey.

Stunning cross country paragliding flights with Sky Riders in the Alps

Pilot Rating – Explore on Cross Country Adventures!

Air Law is a key skill for paraglider & paramotor pilots. Learn to read the air maps with Sky Riders

Unfurl your wings with our BHPA Pilot Rating Course!

This program builds upon your existing skills to empower you for confident cross-country flight. We’ll guide you through mastering pilot tasks, delve into crucial theory like meteorology and navigation, and prepare you for the BHPA Pilot Theory Exam.

Earning your Pilot Rating unlocks a world of freedom, allowing you to plan and execute exhilarating cross-country paragliding adventures, often with the added benefit of qualifying for paragliding insurance.

Contact us today to embark on your journey towards cross-country flight!

Advanced Manoeuvres Course (SIV)

Not all paragliding experiences are smooth sailing. Even the most skilled pilots can encounter unexpected turbulence or challenging situations. An SIV (Simulation d’Incident en Vol) course equips you with the knowledge and reflexes to handle these scenarios with confidence.

This immersive course takes place in a safe, controlled environment over water. Here, under the guidance of our experienced instructors, you’ll purposefully practice maneuvers like collapses, stalls, and spins. By experiencing these situations in a controlled setting, you’ll develop the muscle memory and decision-making skills needed to react calmly and effectively in real-world flight.

The SIV course isn’t just about practicing maneuvers; it’s about building trust in your wing and your own abilities. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of your paragliders flight characteristics at the edge of its envelope, allowing you to fly with greater confidence and preparedness. This course is highly recommended for pilots looking to elevate their paragliding skills and ensure a safer, more enjoyable flying experience.

Our SIV courses are held in conjunction with Rich Dolan @ Paramotor Trips.

Tandem Pilot Training

High fiving the passenger of a tandem pilot course - Fly with qualified paragliding tandem pilots.

Our Tandem Pilot Training Program equips experienced pilots with the skills and knowledge to safely fly with passengers. To qualify, pilots must be pilot rated, possess a minimum of 200 flying hours, and have successfully completed an Advanced Maneuvers Course (SIV).

This comprehensive program ensures you have the technical expertise and passenger management skills to provide unforgettable tandem paragliding experiences.

One of the most important skills that pilots should have before signing up for this course is being able to competently ground handle your glider.

Reserve Parachute Packing

Confident reserve packing is a valuable skill for every paraglider pilot.
In partnership Wingtrim, we offer a comprehensive reserve parachute packing course conveniently held at our workshop.

This course equips you with the knowledge and hands-on experience to meticulously pack your reserve, ensuring its optimal performance in the rare case of a deployment.

Our course delves into the intricacies of reserve parachute systems, covering proper inspection techniques, safe packing procedures, and useful tips. Through a combination of classroom instruction and practical exercises under the watchful eye of our certified instructors, you’ll gain the confidence to pack your reserve with precision and peace of mind.

Rogallo Parachute Repacking Skills are taught at Sky Riders & Wingtrim