Costs & Online Booking Form Our full terms and conditions * Section 1: The key points Highly personalised training by some of most experienced UK instructors Student to instructor ratios typically 4 to 1 maximum with beginners Often 1 on 1 instruction at no extra charge Much faster than normal progression due to very small groups No fixed start times enabling us to use the best part of the day. Typically in the summer we meet at 12pm and train up to 9pm if possible No mixed ability groups so you will not be held back by other students Allows you to brush up on your skills even if currently under training at another school using our daily rate Unique text alert system - we let you know when it's happening instead of chasing us The most flexible way possible to learn paragliding; designed for UK weather conditions Multi options for course payments from daily instalments to purchasing the whole course - you decide After training support and guidance Website theory support A social scene that's the envy of the industry Section 2: How many days do I get and how long have I got to finish? Our courses are valid for one year from your start day. All our courses are based towards a qualification. We will endeavour to supply a full days training each and every day you attend your course. If it is not possible to get the full day due to weather reasons, the lost portion of your day will be taken at a later date. Please remember you will be following a rigid syllabus and like learning to drive a car, people will progress at different rates. Some students will progress slightly slower but others can be much quicker. The average time taken for each student to qualify is 10 days. Even if you are lucky enough to squeeze through your training in a shorter period of time, we believe that you need the full 10 days to gain enough experience to be a safe and confident pilot. You have one year to finish from your start day. Please endeavour to keep your training days as close together as possible; lack of student currency is one of our biggest problems and one of the main causes of accidents within our sport. If too long is allowed to elapse between training sessions, for safety reasons, you may need to go back in the syllabus and complete the last previous task again.If training runs over a year, you still may need to purchase extra days to complete, but honestly it shouldn’t take that long even with UK weather. You will need to do the full 10 days with us to become qualified but if you take more, extra days are on us, within reason, as usual. It's always difficult to run paragliding courses based on ‘days’ as it's impossible to quantify what a ‘day’ actually is. Some are long, some are short, but we want to be able to put in your training books a minimum of 10 days attended. Note: We reserve the right not to qualify any student until that student reaches the appropriate standard and to call a halt to training in the interest of that student if we feel fit to do so. Section 3: Payments You will be able to pay on the next page. Your dates do not need to be consecutive; we can tailor the course to suit you. Theory sessions may be held at various locations including on the flying site and are also chargeable but examinations are free. The contract we make with our clients is to provide training up to a certain standard. We indicate how long this is likely to take in flying days and that it is not always possible to fly safely. We do not contract to achieve this training on a certain date. If we cancel the course due to some factor that is our responsibility (instructor illness for example) we would refund the course fees if requested. Paying by instalments: All we require from you to start with us is a single payment of £150 to cover your first day training, write up a training syllabus book in your name, to be put on our text alert system and book a date in our diary. Your next day's training will also then be paid in advance and continued on until the end of your course. Always being one day in advance with your payments obviously means that on your final day there is no payment to be made. This is however the expensive option as significant savings can be made by purchasing courses. Section 4: Self-cancellation and refunds There is a 14 day cancellation period after purchasing any of our courses, experience days or gift vouchers and there can be no refunds for any reason whatsoever once this time has elapsed. Much like booking a holiday, once you have paid you have committed to a term of contract. Our business overheads have to be paid no matter what the weather and the only way the business can operate is via positive cash flow hence the reason that refunds are impossible. Paraventures instructors still need to have some income even if it's not flyable conditions. This is the only way that their time can be dedicated to teaching students to fly. If you put your name on the list for the next day’s training and fail to attend you risk forfeiting that day. If the course cannot be completed for some unforeseeable reason of your own, Paraventure do allow transfer of the course credit to another person who will need to fill in and sign a booking form in the usual way. Again, the remaining days would be calculated using our daily rate. Paraventure make every effort to minimise any difficulties clients may experience. If someone is unsure whether paragliding is for them, we always advise a short 1 or 2 day course to check it out before committing further. These terms are standard practice across our industry and does not affect your statutory rights. Section 5: BHPA membership and personal insurance Mandatory BHPA membership will be required on all of our courses and must be paid by the student except for our Tandem and gift vouchers for the One and Two day courses. 24 hours (2x days max) £15.00 3month £53.00 + £22.00 joining fee Annual £99.00 + £22.00 joining fee £99 per year thereafter Please bring a method of payment on your start day if doing the qualifications courses. We also strongly recommend you take out personal accident insurance. BHPA membership only covers you for accident damage you may cause or a third party against you. Look at the 'Resource' link on this site for good personal accident cover. The BHPA website also has some good recommendations. Section 6: Weather and the part it plays Course cancellations due to bad weather: As all our training is weather dependent, Paraventure and its instructors cannot be held responsible whatsoever for the fickle nature of the British climate. If you are unfortunate with the weather during your booked dates, just keep rebooking the next available date until you get a good weather slot. We will time credit you the lost day or days for up to one year to be taken at your convenience - just keep rebooking the next available date until you get a good weather slot. Paragliding training is completely dependent upon safe weather conditions, there are many days in the UK when flying a paraglider is not safe and this is occasionally due to strong convection making the air turbulent but is most often caused by high winds, rain or fog. Because of this we operate a system of rebooking the courses on other dates at no extra charge (of course we still have to pay our booked instructors and our overheads whether we fly or not). The course will be honoured as long as the client rebooks within a reasonable time. We take a very liberal view of "reasonable" and expect rebooking to be within a year. Patience is required: It is entirely your responsibility to present yourself for training as many times as required to complete your course. As with all weather dependent sports, patience can be required at times but the rewards are vast in comparison. If you are not a patient person, we would politely suggest that airsports are probably not for you. Section 7: Age and weight The minimum age for solo training at Paraventure is 16 years of age with a written letter of permission from a parent if under 18. The maximum age for taking part in training courses for men is respectfully recommended at 55. In our experience, we have found that people's reflexes start slowing down considerably after the age of 50. This can make things very difficult when learning to control a paraglider especially in an emergency situation. The maximum age for training courses for women is respectfully recommended at 45 years of age. This is due to the fact that recent research has shown that over 50% of women over the age of 40 exhibit signs of some form of osteoporosis. Paragliding can be a high impact sport if you were to make a mistake so unfortunately, this is a risk that's difficult for us to accept. The minimum weight for solo training and tandems is 50kg and the maximum is 120kg for solo training and 100kg tandem. There is no minimum age for tandem flights but it is dependent on a passenger weight of over 50 kg. Section 8: Fitness If you suffer from any medical conditions that could be a problem for you doing paragliding training, you will need to supply a written doctor's letter confirming that it is acceptable you to take part. This will be especially true if there is any history of heart problems or epilepsy. You would be expected to have a reasonable level of fitness; this means the potential pilot should be able to run 50m, jump over a half meter high obstacle, be able to walk up a steep hillside and be capable of falling over from a standing position without any ill effects. Your eyesight should be reasonable as should your hearing. If you have any concerns, just simply give us a call before going any further. Section 9: What to bring and other bits and pieces Please wear sensible warm clothing, as it can be cold in the mountains even in the summer. Also a pair of grippy boots that come above the ankles and offer good support should be worn. Any students who arrive wearing shoes or trainers will not be allowed to fly - sorry but we are very strict on this. A pair of thin gloves will also help not so much as to keep your hands warm but to protect your fingers from the possibility of line burns. Please bring plenty to eat and drink, it can be a long day. Energy foods are good and if training on a hot summer's day lots of fluid is needed, we recommend at least 2 litres per person if you are in the first 4 days of your training (lots of walking back up the hill). Section 10: Tandem flights. We do 90% of our tandem flights at Rhossili on the Gower peninsula. We use this site because the conditions are far more reliable for carrying passengers than trying to fly Inland. We occasionally use Inland sites around the Abergavenny area but when you book a tandem with us it is important to know that you will probably be travelling to Rhossili to participate. We cannot unfortunately confirm which site you will be using at the time of booking so you will need to be flexible. Section 11: Our guided trips and foreign holidays Paraventure takes every precaution to ensure the safety of all participants of our trips. However, by undertaking a trip with Paraventure, you are assuming the risk of any injury, including death. Paraventure and/or its employees, agents, subcontractors, suppliers and their employees cannot be held responsible for any injury caused to you, or by you to others, resulting from your failure to follow an instruction(s) or recommendation(s). It is your contractual obligation to Paraventure Paragliding to at all times act in a safe, responsible and courteous manner, comply with all safety procedures, listen and be present at all safety and information briefings; to immediately inform your instructor or guide or any other person responsible for the provision of your activities of any equipment or site deficiencies or any other concerns relevant to the safety of you as an individual or the group as a whole; and to dress and or equip yourself suitably for any event or activity as advised. Your booking is accepted on the understanding that you realise the hazards involved in this type of holiday, including death, injury, disease, loss or damage to property, inconvenience and discomfort. Our obligations, and those of our suppliers providing any service or activity included in your holiday, are to use reasonable skill and take reasonable care when providing such services and activities. The services and activities included in your holiday will be considered provided with reasonable skill and care if they comply with any local regulations and/or rules of the BHPA. We will not be liable for any loss of profit, or loss of business, or any form of consequential loss or damage, whether or not arising as a result of physical damage to property and/or person and regardless of the cause and nature of such loss or damage.Occasionally our local suppliers will need you to sign an ‘Acceptance of Risk’ form prior to accepting your participation for an activity or service. The purpose of the form is to indemnify the supplier and Paraventure Paragliding from any claims made by you for incidents arising due to circumstances outside the supplier and Paraventures' reasonable control. Paragliding is a weather dependent sport, Paraventure and its employees or subcontractors cannot be held responsible for unreliable conditions; all we can do is to take you to destinations that maximise your chances of flying. Section 12: Responsibility There has been incidences of students who expect both to be paragliding pilots and to have their safety absolutely guaranteed. This is not possible. Even when learning you will be flying solo so the instructor is powerless to assist you other than by briefings and by advice on the radio. For this reason it is important that every potential pilot understands that he or she needs to accept the risks and takes responsibility for him or herself. You must feel confident that you can cope with the exercise being attended and because the risks of an adventure sport like paragliding cannot be totally eradicated, you must be prepared to accept those risks. The realities and dangers in the sports of paragliding * Risk Acceptance: Signing below is a confirmation of understanding the element of risk by the student and does not affect your statutory rights in any way whatsoever. It also confirms that you consider yourself fit and healthy enough to take part in training or flight with an instructor. Paragliding is a form of aviation with all of the inherent and potential dangers involved. No form of aviation is without risk - injuries and death can and do occur in paragliding. Accidents within the sport have and will continue to happen; not only to solo pilots but also to tandem pilots and passengers. Injuries sustained whilst paragliding can include fractures, spinal damage, paralysis and death. As a passenger on a tandem flight you will have no control over the paraglider and will be placing your life in the hands of the pilot. As much as the passenger is trusting the tandem pilot in flight, the pilot is trusting the passenger to think and consider carefully about the activity they are about to participate in. Accidents very rarely happen if the student listens to the instructor and does what is asked. There will always be an element of risk even if we reduce it to an absolute minimum, its part of the sport and must be accepted. The most common form of injury is to the ankle and lower leg. The wearing of purpose built paragliding boots can reduce the risk of these injuries considerably. It is our opinion that the wearing of ANY footwear whatsoever other than that specified increases the risk of injury. Personal accident insurance: We strongly recommend you take out personal accident insurance. BHPA membership only covers you for accident damage you may cause or by a third party against you. 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