Nimbus - The Home of Paragliding in Christchurch
Nimbus Paragliding has been offering paragliding courses and paragliding equipment sales in Christchurch, New Zealand since 1991.
We only teach paraglider pilots to fly paragliders we do not offer tandem flights, speed gliding courses or paramotoring courses, this allows us to concentrate all our attention on teaching our students to fly paragliders safely and competantly.
What is paragliding all about? If you have ever had flying dreams paragliding is for you. Flying a paraglider can be gentle and smooth like the gulls soaring or it can be the intense thrill of climbing in a strong thermal above the mountain tops. Flying cross-country is the dream of many pilots and Banks Peninusula has the potential for great cross-country flying, the flight to Akaroa from Castle Rock is a goal for all keen local pilots. The prevailing North East winds make for long days flying at Taylors Mistake and the other local coastal soaring sites in the summer. Further afield the Craigieburn Range offers flying as good as anywhere in the world.
Some common questions:
How long does it take to learn?
It takes on average 10 full flyable days to complete the training for the NZHGPA PG2 rating. You must complete a minimum of 40 solo flights.
How much does it cost?
Our training packages are great value but we can also tailor packages to suit almost any budget. Packages consist of training, paraglider, harness and reserve parachute. Prices start around $5500.
How safe is it?
Paragliding is classed as an extreme sport, there is a risk of injury.
If you fly conservatively, don't allow your ego to get the better of you, don't allow peer pressure to affect you, have a high level of knowledge, look after your gear and take the advice of more experienced pilots then you can be as safe as any other adventure sport.
Who can learn to fly?
To be a paraglider pilot you dont have to be an adrenaline fueled action junky you just need to be reasonably fit with steady nerves and have the desire to fly like a bird. In New Zealand paragliding is controlled by the New Zealand Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association under the authority of the NZ Civil Aviation Authority. Pilots must be a member of the NZHGPA to fly legally.
When can I start?
Nimbus runs paraglider pilot courses on an as required basis, you can start any time but we prefer a group of three students maximum. Often the training day will start early and finish late to make the most of the good weather. Typically the weather from mid July to mid September is not conducive to good flying conditions.
Can I fly overseas with my NZHGPA PG2 rating?
Yes, most countries will recognise the PG2 rating. However holding an International Pilot Proficiency Information (IPPI) card of level 3 or greater is preferrable and this is available from the NZHGPA after you have completed 60 flights and 10 hours total airtime.
Call us now to find out when the next course begins.