What to expect for the P2 Paragliding Course
White Cloud offers a comprehensive learning environment to take a student from having never left the ground to PIC who can confidently leave the nest. The program consists of up to 200 flights of coaching to develop a PIC mentality, cover hike-and-fly methodology, earn a USHPA P2 rating, and be ready to meet other pilots around the country to spread their wings. Most students feel like they are beyond competent at 150 flights, fully proficient and ready to fly other sites with mentor pilots at about 80-90, and the bare minimum for USHPA certification is 35 flights.
The process begins with introductory paragliding lessons to ensure that every student is a good match for the program. This includes the student-instructor relationship, student-flying relationship, and relationships with peers within the course. After the trial period is complete, students are expected to make a one-time tuition payment that covers lessons, a radio, radio pouch, and access to an online ground school that is a supplement to in person ground school. The cost of tuition is $2300. Payment does not guarantee a rating, as ratings must be earned and minimum requirements must be met and exceeded.
Student equipment is available and the use of it during the trial period is free. Upon paying tuition, students are expected to also purchase a harness and reserve parachute. Harnesses can be tried on in the simulator. Wings can be demoed in flight before purchase. All gear sales are through Super Fly and a complete kit (wing, harness, reserve) is approximately $6000 but can vary depending on exactly what equipment is purchased. Used equipment is not allowed unless it has been inspected and authorized for use by an appropriate dealer/ service center. There is an additional charge of $1000 if bringing your own equipment.
The tuition payment plus purchase of equipment supports up to 200 flights of coaching, introductory lessons or tandems for close friends and family, and connections to experienced friends and mentors around the world.
Scheduling is as weather allows. Point of the Mountain provides some of the most consistent weather of any paragliding site in North America, and weather typically is flyable in the mornings and evenings. Lessons are held daily (even weekends and holidays), typically in the morning and evening as weather allows.
Annual USHPA dues for membership are $150 and should be paid within 25 days of the first lesson or upon receiving a P2 rating, whichever comes first.
There is incredible variability in paragliding and questions always arise. Feel free to contact with any additional questions. Please contact to schedule lessons and get an idea about who you will be learning to fly with.