Skywalk

We watch an experienced pilot launch effortlessly and think it is as simple as he/she makes it look. It's easy not to take the sport, and the skills involved, seriously. Paragliding has been part of my life since 1989 and I have observed many capable instructors using different techniques.

Grade

Mind Blowing

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

No

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

Your Paragliding and Powered paragliding adventure starts with us – and a portable aircraft that fits into the boot of your car.  Fly in style and become a member of our exclusive tribe at our well situated sport field on the picturesque banks of the Hartebeespoort Dam, where sunrise and sunset flights can be enjoyed together with hot air balloons and microlights.  Become an explorer of the sky and experience flying with us.  We will guide you to the clouds where you can experience pure aviation paradise at a fraction of the cost of an aircraft.

Skywalk offers you an adventure, an escape from everyday life. You will build friendships, mix with people who share your love for flying and you will see the world and enjoy the outdoors from a different perspective, and live your dream…

We have the best situated training and flying site in Gauteng. We can offer you unlimited flying hours as this is one of the few schools in Gauteng which offers a choice of paragliding (both mountain & winch launching) and powered paragliding (Paramotoring) all in one place. We have winch facilities and a mountain site at our doorstep – you don’t need to drive anywhere else to be accommodated.

Everybody can offer you training in paragliding & powered paragliding. But…, do you want to be trained to fly or do you want to live out your passion for flying?  For us paragliding is a passion… and we want to share it with you! At Skywalk you will be trained by one of the best. Chief Instructor Ronnie Beukes has earned his national colours in PPG and was a member of the team that represented South Africa in the PPG World Championships, hosted by Spain, in 2012. He is one of a handful instructor in South Africa who is licensed to train all the paragliding disciplines. We watch an experienced pilot launch effortlessly and think it is as simple as he/she makes it look. It’s easy not to take the sport, and the skills involved, seriously.  Paragliding has been part of my life since 1989 and I have observed many capable instructors using different techniques. I have seen what worked, or not, to develop a good skilled paragliding pilot. So we lead by example and the school adopted and improved on this recipe – that is why we are very successful in what we do and currently one of the largest schools in SA regarding paragliding and powered paragliding training.

In a nutshell, my motivation is selfish – I want to preserve the sport by training as many people as I possibly can to enjoy the sport with me, well into retirement!!

Courses

FREE Introduction day – Why Pay?  Yes, it’s free!!!

If you buy equipment from a dealer that provides thorough training, he’s making a well-deserved profit. You can also buy inexpensive equipment over the internet but you’ll pay for training. That’s fair and adds the benefit that, if you pay for training, there’s an expectation of value. The single worst place to skimp is training. If a training program doesn’t cover what’s listed here, or if you don’t fill out registration forms and have not been advised on the training syllabus, you’re being short-changed. Otherwise, how do you know if the instructor is covering what’s important?

Skywalk presents a free fun-filled training day on Saturdays (weather permitting). So before you spend money on something you are not sure you want to do, come and join us and see for yourself what it is all about.

Introductory Course (Own or School’s equipment, conditions apply)

The first course you will do towards becoming a qualified paragliding pilot.  This course introduces the student to the art of flying a paraglider through practical training in ground control as well as a theory lecture. You should experience 5 solo flights, with the assistance of the instructor. The School will provide all the equipment.  (SAHPA Registration fee compulsory @ R400 – not included in course fee).

Basic Course (Own equipment, conditions apply)

At this stage you will know that paragliding is to become part of your lifestyle and you can invest in your own equipment (new or pre-owned).  To take it a step closer to qualifying, you pay the difference towards completion of your basic course which will take you to a total of 35 flights and at least 4 hours, on your own equipment. You complete and hand in your theory questionnaire, complete the practical requirements and pay your annual licence fee to SAHPA. After this you will be a licensed basic pilot and be able to fly by yourself at basic rated sites.

Wilderness PG & PPG tour December 2016

Full time Basic Course (School’s / Own equipment, conditions apply)

This is a full time course designed for pilots who do not have the time to show up for a training session every weekend for the next few months to complete their flights. With this course you will be able to complete your training over 8-10 consecutive days, weather permitting.  Use of the School’s equipment for the duration of the fly-away course is included, regardless of the amount of flights. This course is usually presented at the coast. Pilots who have already completed the introductory course will only need to pay the difference. Transport, accommodation and site fees are not included.

This course enables the student to complete the SAHPA Basic license requirements as stipulated in the SAHPA Paragliding Training Manual, and will take him/her up to a total of 35 flights. He/she will be taught to do ridge soaring, top landings etc. The principles of thermaling are also introduced. After completion of the Basic Course the student applies for the Basic license through SAHPA. SAHPA Registration fee compulsory @ R400 – not included in course fee).

Intermediate Course (Own equipment, conditions apply)

After completion of the Basic course, pilots can enrol for this course. It is presented at several fly-away tours, duration one year.  The course consists of thermalling, competition flying, as well as XC flying techniques and presents theory in air law, aerodynamics, meteorology, aero-medical, etc.

Discounted prices for pilots who bought their paragliding equipment through Skywalk.

“SIV” Safety and Confidence Building Course (Own equipment, conditions apply)

This is a must-do course.  All manoeuvres are performed over water,  usually at Koppies Dam or Vaal Dam in the Free State. Duration 2-3 days. This course is designed by Skywalk Team pilots and will enable you to go one step further – to trust yourself and your abilities, to trust your equipment, and to fly safely.

Ronnie Beukes (chief instructor) with more than 27 years experience will take you by the hand and lead you to a whole new world of paragliding.

SIV Course presented at Vaal Dam

Crossing Over from Free Flight to Paramotoring and vice versa…

Pilots wishing to cross over from Paragliding (PG) to Powered Paragliding (PPG) or PPG to PG can now enrol in a special conversion course designed just for this purpose. Broaden your horizons today and enjoy more airtime by expanding your knowledge and flying skills!

The biggest advantage to crossing over is increasing your ability to fly more often, at more times during the day, and at more locations. While there are many similarities, there are some different and specific techniques and skills to learn that will make each discipline safer and more fun. To enrol in this class, pilots must be proficient in either PG or PPG. Additional instruction may be necessary to earn certification for either sport.  Our school is uniquely qualified to teach crossing over, as we actively fly both ways.

PG to PPG

Free flight pilots wanting to fly with a paramotor will learn about their particular motor unit, setup, pre-flight, launch techniques, flying considerations, landing, safety, airspace limitations, motor care and transport.

Proficient PG pilots will usually take 2 days to complete the Crossing Over Conversion Course. Skill permitting, the final day of this course will include the pilot’s first solo powered flights. Qualified PG Students can make use of the School’s equipment, if available. After completion we can advise them on choice of PPG equipment to purchase. If the pilot has met the requirements for certification, the PPG and PPT tests can be administered.

To qualify for the PPG/PPC rating, the pilot will need a minimum of 10 PPG flights (& 10 hours) under supervision of the instructor. He/she will need to complete the PPG / PPC questionnaires and obtain a radio telephony certificate (restricted radio license), presented by one of the Skywalk RT examiners.

PPG to PG

Powered Paraglider pilots can now learn the techniques to fly without power and take advantage of natural lift sources available, such as ridge lift and thermal soaring.

We will cover setup and pre-flight, launching techniques, flying, landing zone proximity, approach and landing, advanced kiting techniques and appropriate weather observations.

The pilot will need to complete a minimum of 35 PG flights under supervision of the instructor.

Paramotor Courses

At Skywalk we believe that you should first understand the principles of paragliding before attempting to fly a paramotor.

Paramotor flying and training at The Skywalk Adventure Park

Foot Launch Powered Paragliding course (conditions apply)

Paramotoring is the most rapidly developing form of aviation. This is because of the simplicity and low cost of paramotoring as a sport, but also due to the fact that it is extremely safe and enormously good fun! A paramotor fits easily into the back of a standard car and allows almost anyone to fly without a license at a fraction of the cost compared to other aircraft.

Skywalk offers paramotor training courses, run over a few weekends, or a full time course. We do practical training at the Skywalk Adventure Park, our private training facility, on the southern banks of the Hartebeespoort Dam. Alternatively, you can learn to fly your paramotor on your door step, as we also offer to present the school in your area if there is enough interest. Paramaniacs Club membership for 3 months is included in our course fee.

This is a fantastic and unforgettable way to safely enter the sport of Paramotoring.

Powered paratrike flying and training at The Skywalk Adventure Park

Powered Paratrike course (conditions apply)

Contact us to find out about this course.

Crossing Over from Free Flight to Paramotoring and vice versa…

Pilots wishing to cross over from Paragliding (PG) to Powered Paragliding (PPG) or PPG to PG can now enrol in a special conversion course designed just for this purpose. Broaden your horizons today and enjoy more airtime by expanding your knowledge and flying skills!

The biggest advantage to crossing over is increasing your ability to fly more often, at more times during the day, and at more locations. While there are many similarities, there are some different and specific techniques and skills to learn that will make each discipline safer and more fun. To enrol in this class, pilots must be proficient in either PG or PPG. Additional instruction may be necessary to earn certification for either sport.  Our school is uniquely qualified to teach crossing over, as we actively fly both ways.

PG to PPG

Free flight pilots wanting to fly with a paramotor will learn about their particular motor unit, setup, pre-flight, launch techniques, flying considerations, landing, safety, airspace limitations, motor care and transport.

Proficient PG pilots will usually take 2 days to complete the Crossing Over Conversion Course. Skill permitting, the final day of this course will include the pilot’s first solo powered flights. Qualified PG Students can make use of the School’s equipment, if available. After completion we can advise them on choice of PPG equipment to purchase. If the pilot has met the requirements for certification, the PPG and PPT tests can be administered.

To qualify for the PPG/PPC rating, the pilot will need a minimum of 10 PPG flights (& 10 hours) under supervision of the instructor. He/she will need to complete the PPG / PPC questionnaires and obtain a radio telephony certificate (restricted radio license), presented by one of the Skywalk RT examiners.

PPG to PG

Powered Paraglider pilots can now learn the techniques to fly without power and take advantage of natural lift sources available, such as ridge lift and thermal soaring.

We will cover setup and pre-flight, launching techniques, flying, landing zone proximity, approach and landing, advanced kiting techniques and appropriate weather observations.

The pilot will need to complete a minimum of 35 PG flights under supervision of the instructor.

You have taken the first step and registered for your course. What do we expect from you?

Skywalk Paragliding School and its staff have committed their time and judgement for the next 6 months of your training and flying with you. You paid the training fee and registered with us – happy days to come.

First and foremost we have to keep in mind that paragliding is dependent on the weather. When mother nature permits we will be training and flying somewhere, so make sure you can spend as much time as possible with us on the school’s schedule and not only when it is convenient for you. Ground training is a must. The more you practice, the more confident you will feel on take-off and in the air.

Air time will give you the confidence to fly longer and higher. It is rewarding for us to see you grow and become a good pilot (which is possible for everyone who commits). It will take some time to understand how to fly safely, how to stay in the thermal longer, etc. Do not underestimate the short flights at the training sites, where we practice take offs and landings (the most crucial elements of a safe flight), as well as understanding when to take off, when to turn, how the glider reacts in turbulent air and thermals, and the list goes on.

Basic Rules:

1. Students need to attend practical ground training days and show their ability to control the glider.

2.  The SAHPA student licence is valid for 6 months and the School is committed to help you reach your required 35 flights and hours air time within this time period. In turn, you need to commit your time to fit in with the School’s training schedule. If not completed within this period, you will need to renew your SAHPA temporary membership. An extension fee of 30% of the training fee will be payable to complete the course within the next 6 months.

3.  Students have to buy their equipment after completion of the Introductory course period (at least between 5th and 10th flights), as you need to be trained on your own equipment to know how it flies safely –  your new glider will have better performance and different characteristics from the training gliders, etc. It is a good idea to invest in the small essential pieces of equipment like harness, radio and helmet as starters. Buying through the school will give you the advantage of a discount on your equipment or add-on courses and later on a possible trade-in when you upgrade.

4.  Students cannot only choose to fly the sites you prefer and only join in on the weekends that suit you. The fly-away weekends are to show off the skills you have learnt on the training hills. Most of the fly-away sites we will visit are crowded with other pilots and members of public. Embarrassment on these sites is common if students are not able to demonstrate good take-off and flying skills. Not having control over your glider could lead to incidents and accidents. So let’s prevent this by displaying good control over your equipment, eg. show up for ground training and training slope flights.

5. For fly-aways there will be an additional cost per student pilot depending on the fly-away site.

6.  SMS/Email/WhatsApp information: it is your prerogative to find out if there will be training on a given weekend. Please don’t remove yourself from the WhatsApp group, rather mute if it bothers you during weekdays. I used to message about 100 pilots per weekend and then only 3 respond or even worse – they arrive without notice. No extra equipment will be taken to the sites, or fly-aways, for in case students, who did not confirm, might show up. If you do not confirm, there will not be equipment available to fly. A minimum of 5 students need to commit for a fly-away weekend – so please, do not let your fellow student pilots down by not coming to the training and fly-aways.

7.  REMEMBER: Your basic licence will only give me the opportunity to train you properly in the art of paragliding hereafter.

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