Be the pilot
P1 vs. P2: A P2 (Novice) certification is needed for an individual to fly on their own without an instructor. A P1 certification basically means that you know a little bit about a paraglider and may have taken a few small flights, but that you still do not have the experience to fly safely without instructor supervision. Most pilots go straight through the P1 certification on their way to P2.
Learning to paraglide is an absolutely amazing experience. In the months and years after learning to fly with Bozeman Paragliding, you will know what it's like to fly up to the clouds, cross vast distances over mountainous terrain or enjoy a simple sunset flight overlooking a valley.
Bozeman Paragliding is very experienced in mountain flying and micro-meteorology. It is important to choose a school that will not only teach you how to ridge-soar on a smooth hill in smooth wind, but one that will also teach you what it means to fly in the mountains safely.
Become a Pilot
The P2 program is the heart of Bozeman Paragliding. It is where students come to begin their progression as pilots. P2 students have made a commitment of both time and money to become safe, competent pilots. This is the course that sets the stage and mindset for each pilot. They will learn not only how to perform certain flying tasks, but also how to think about paragliding and aviation in a constructive and sustainable way. All too often, "up-and-coming" pilots end up scaring themselves out of the sport simply because they were thinking about the sport incorrectly.
In this course, students will learn about glider handling, glider aerodynamics, meteorology, launching, landing, in flight skills, mountain flying, ridge soaring, and many other pertinent details designed to keep you safe while flying. Most of the flying is done at the training hill. This is also where most of the ground handling (kiting) takes place. By repeating successful flights and learning from mistakes at a site with very few obstacles or “consequences,” students will refine their launching, landing, kiting and flying skills before leaving for the mountains later in the course.
The P2 course lasts between 5 and 10 days. Some students will enjoy learning more slowly, while others will learn more quickly. There is no limit to the number of lessons each student takes to complete their certification. Training manuals, an instructional DVD and flight log books are included, as well as the use of student equipment for the duration of lessons. There will be indoor classroom time during your lessons, covering safety videos, written tests, reserve parachute protocol and theory discussions.
This course is offered all year long. Winter is a great time to learn, preparing the student for the upcoming “on” season from April through September.
Fine Print: Course fees will be refunded if Bozeman Paragliding becomes unable to complete the lessons. Fees will not be refunded if the student becomes unable to complete the lessons.
Give someone the gift of flight: buy them a P2 Gift Certificate ($1,600)