Choosing an Instructor or School:
When choosing a school or instructor, there are many things that need to be considered.
One of the common initial considerations for most people is cost. How much will your training cost you in your hard earned dollars? As you 'shop' around, you will likely find that most schools are very close in their pricing structures. After deciding that this new sport of paragliding is for you, (and is affordable to you), a much more important consideration than outright cost becomes value. What are you getting for your money? Is the equipment used optimal for training, and will the gear selection be the right size for you? What is the experience level of the instructors? What does the training location have to offer and is it a safe and reliable venue? These are all highly 'valuable' considerations.
A common second consideration is travel time and distance to the training location. This once again quickly becomes a question of value. While it can be a pain to travel a couple of hours to get to your training location, you will find that most instructors have very good reasons for training in the locations they choose. Ask why if the answers are not readily available. Why is it worth the drive to location X?
Perhaps the least tangible and probably one of the most important considerations for choosing an instructor is interpersonal compatibility. Do the values of your potential instructor seem in line with yours? Are personalities compatible? The only way to really figure out these questions is to open a conversation or dialog with the school you are considering. This is something we highly encourage. Take the time to be in touch with your potential instructor and see if it feels like the right 'fit' for you. Call a few instructors even. You are going to be spending a substantial amount of money, sure, but a much more important question is: Will you feel safe in the hands of your chosen instructor, and will they be able to give you the information and training you need to become a competent pilot yourself?
Why Choose Discover Paragliding?
Our Experience: You will be working with two Master Tandem Instructors, experienced in all forms of paragliding flight: Paragliding, Powered Paragliding, mini and speed wing flight, towing, thermal and Cross Country (XC) flight, and even aerobatics. We can offer training from the very beginning levels all the way up to your instructor certifications and beyond.
Our Location: Sunset Beach has proven to be one of the most productive locations throughout Oregon. Wind direction can vary from north to south (as long as it's not blowing offshore), and wind speed can vary from 0 to over 15 mph and we still have workable conditions. Add the training dune, and our towing system and you are assured more actual training 'airtime' than any other location in the northwest.
Our Towing Systems: We actually have two tow winches. One mounted in 21' powerboat for 'over the water' advanced safety training, and our main winch, which is integrated into a Ford F150 truck. The truck mounted winch is the one that you will get those early flights on, and where you will gain most of your airtime. Prior to developing our tow training programs, it was normal for a P-1 student to have only several minutes of actual airtime. Now, with flights up to as high as 2000' high (and nearing 15 minutes long each) available to our beginning students, our P-1 students usually have well over an hour of airtime as they begin working towards the P-2 (novice) rating.
Our safety record: While any sporting activity has its inherent risks, we have taken special care to make sure our students have the safest training environment possible, and also to instill in them the habits that with continue to keep them safe and healthy. That said, we have been actively teaching since 1997, (weekends since 1995), and so far our safety record is impeccable. Sure, there have been a few bumps, scrapes and bruises along the way, but our only serious training injury to date has been a dislocated elbow over eight years ago.
Our philosophy: Paragliding should be fun, safe, and thought of as something that you can do for as long as the passion drives you. As such we take our training methods seriously and work with you towards building each and every new skill on the foundation of those already learned.