Flying Frenzy Paragliding Courses

"Professional, friendly, and most of all fun from start to finish, I must thank Flying Frenzy for getting me started, I wish I had done it years ago."

Booking forms

Please download the appropriate booking form. You are welcome to return your booking form as a Word document by email or send it in the post.

Taster Voucher Booking form if you'd like to buy a Taster Day as a gift for someone
Taster and Courses Booking form for you for whatever course you'd like to do...
Tandem Voucher Booking form if you are buying a Tandem flight for someone as a gift
Tandem Booking form if you'd like to buy yourself a Tandem flight with us
Group Booking form if you are booking a Taster Day for more than one person

If you don't have access to a printer please contact us and we can post you out a paper version. Also if you need a different format such as PDF or older versions of Word just ask.

FF Training Covid-19 Training Guidelines

Following government and BHPA guidance for the period 12th June 2020

Student Guidelines

We aim to operate our instructing within the government and BHPA guidelines. These may change with short notice and frequently so please re-read these each time you come flying. It is also a requirement for you to adhere to these guidelines. Both Flying Frenzy and YOU have an obligation to follow these protection measures.

DO NOT come paragliding training if;

  • you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or
  • if you are a member of any of the high risk groups or
  • if any members of your household or any person you have had close contact with fall into the above groups
  • if you have been contacted by the government's track and trace team telling you to self-isolate
If you develop any Covid-19 symptoms within two weeks of attending a training day please inform us without delay.

Students: Please follow these guidelines for your training day;

  1. Bring your own pen/s and stout outdoor gloves appropriate for wearing during practical training.
  2. If using our flying equipment wear long trousers and a long-sleeved top whenever clipping in.
  3. If possible bring your own supply of disposable gloves though we will have some available also.
  4. If you are not yet a BHPA member please do this before you attend and bring proof of your application. See If you want only to do a Taster day the one day membership paperwork will all be done on the day.
  5. Please bring an alcohol based hand sanitiser with you and use it on your arrival and departure from the flying site and frequently over the course of the day. For example, if you need to open a gate to access the flying site use hand sanitiser before and after touching it (or wear disposable gloves). Use sanitiser before and after your lunch break etc.
  6. Stay at least 2 metres apart from all others. Also try not to stand directly up or downwind of others.
  7. If you use any Flying Frenzy equipment,
    • We will only handle it using gloves.
    • If using our radio we will sanitise it with appropriate wipes before handing it to you.
    • Don gloves before handling the equipment and remove these when taking a break.
    • Wear long trousers and long sleeved tops when clipped in.
  8. All your flying equipment should be used and touched by ONLY you over the course of the training session. (The only exception to this is during early training but this will be kept to a minimum.)
  9. We will give you a designated area for your personal possessions and flying equipment. When stopping for anything longer than a very short break please bunch up your equipment and leave it in your area.
  10. Do not touch anyone else's equipment.
  11. Your instructor will aim not to handle your equipment and if need arises the will wear gloves to do so.
  12. For the early practical stages of training (i.e. Taster day / Elementary pilot course) you and your instructor should both wear appropriate face masks as there are times when we may need to come closer than two metres.
  13. Lifts in the instructor's vehicle will not be available.
  14. You will be given your Student Training Record booklet at the start of your session. When a task is completed you will sign and date it with your instructor observing. They will not countersign until the session is finished. You will be asked to fill in the daily record and comments at the end of the training session.
  15. Be aware that emergency situations might mean the previous guidelines could be temporarily not adhered to. If you do not accept the possibility of this occurring please do not come training during this phase.
  16. At the end of the day please leave any of our equipment in your designated area. We will collect it from there wearing gloves. Please use sanitising wipes on our radios. We will then quarantine equipment for a full clear day before a different client can use any particular item. Please take home all your own possessions and any rubbish you are responsible for.

All our training courses follow the excellent BHPA paragliding hill syllabus which lays out a structured and progressive programme with enough flexibility for us to tailor your training to fit you. Our courses on offer are as follows:

Taster Day £160

The FFPG taster day is the best way to experience paragliding. We work hard to get you progressed as far as possible - usually by the end of the day you will have had plenty of low flights between 5 and 15 feet off the ground and usually at least one higher flight from the main slope.

The day will include:

  • Introduction to the sport and paperwork
  • Discussion of the risks involved in paragliding
  • Basic theory of paragliding aerodynamics and local airflow
  • Daily canopy and equipment checks
  • How to keep yourself safe
  • Pre-flight checks
  • Canopy inflation and control on the ground
  • Taxying forwards and steering on the ground
  • Low flights on shallower slopes (known as 'hops')
  • A higher flight from main slope if time, your energy levels and rate of progress allow

Please note - The Taster day training is effectively exactly the same as the first stages of the EP course - we don't treat you any differently if you are only ever going to do the one day or if you are already committed to taking up the sport.

Elementary Pilot (EP) £550

The EP is the first BHPA level of competence. The course gives you the chance to get to grips with the basics of paragliding.
By the end of the EP, you will be able to:

  • Take off and land un-assisted in moderate conditions
  • Fly at appropriate airspeed
  • Make smooth turns to at least 90 degrees
  • Choose and carry out simple flight plans.
  • Pass the theory exam (25 multichoice questions)

Note - If you have done a Taster Day and want to carry on with the EP we deduct the cost of the Taster from your EP fee (within 6 months of your Taster day).

Club Pilot £675

The Club Pilot builds on the skills you learnt on your Elementary Pilot course (which you must have completed already) and is the BHPA level of competence required to fly without direct instruction, within a club environment.
By the end of the CP, you will be able to:

  • Ground handle in a range of conditions
  • Take-off and land in a range of conditions, from light winds to moderately strong winds
  • Use your canopy's full range of airspeed appropriately
  • Make 180 degree turns
  • Carry out hill-side and top landings (Note; this is now not an obligatory part of the CP course but we will believe you are a safer pilot if you have had practice of these tasks)
  • Be able to land within ten metres of a designated target
  • Fly safely at the same time as other pilots
  • Create pitching oscillations in the wing and then stop them (to start to get an understanding of the concept of active flying)
  • Deal with small asymmetric tucks and carry out the 'big ears' rapid descent technique.

You will also have at least 50 minutes of soaring flights and will have gained further theoretical knowledge of Meteorology, Principles of flight, Airlaw and General Airmanship. You will have passed the CP exams (general and hill environment papers) and shown your instructors that you have an attitude to paragliding sufficiently responsible to leave the school environment.

Tandem flights £120

You come flying with an experienced pilot who will take you on a soaring flight on the beautiful Dorset hills or coastline. We aim to get at least quarter of an hour up in the air.

Please note, the wind needs to be exactly right for the tandem flights. If it is too windy then it is not safe. If it is too light, we can fly but the flights are much shorter. If this is the case we may need to wait and have another flight a little later when conditions have improved.

We have close links with Flyability the charity dedicated to getting people with disabilities into Paragliding or Hang-gliding. We have one of the Flyability buggies (as shown in this photo) and are experienced in taking people with a variety of disabilities flying tandem with us. Call to find out more.

Refresher Days / UK flying familiarisation days £120

If you have not flown for a while you can build up your experience and confidence with a day or two with us. Similarly if you got your rating overseas you will likely need to learn how to make the best of flying UK sites - flying with precision close to the slope, top and side landing etc. People are often surprised how much they can learn from these days. We always aim to give excellent value so if it turns out you are pretty competent and don't need too much input from us we will reduce your charge appropriately.

What is included and what is not

Equipment ~ All your flying equipment is provided for your Taster Day or Tandem flight. Once you start your EP course you will need to buy your own helmet - we will bring a variety out for you to try - prices start from £70 - see the Equipment page. For the EP and CP you can fly on our wings and harnesses. We suggest you don't rush to buy your own equipment but start to think about which wing and harness suits your flying style during the CP course. During this you will have the chance to try several different types. It is best if you finish the CP course familiar with your own kit. We stock the best of the new wings around and have a good range of second-hand canopies. If you buy from us we will make sure your purchases suit your paragliding style, abilities and aspirations.

BHPA membership ~ In order to paraglide in the UK, you must be a member of the British Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA). One-day membership costs £16 and is included in the price the Taster Day and Tandem flight. As you start the Elementary Pilot course you will need to become a full member. Annual membership costs £106 with a £22 one-off joining fee. (You might also choose the 3 month Training membership at £62 or £179 for 2 years. If over 67 or under 21 it is only £86 per year.) Your membership of the BHPA provides you with 3rd party insurance and with annual membership. You receive their Elementary Pilot training magazine and the monthly magazine Skywings.

When you have completed the CP there is a £10 registration fee payable direct to the BHPA

Progression through the Courses:

Many people start with the Taster Day to check that Paragliding is for them before committing to the Elementary Pilot Course (EP). If at the end of your Taster Day you want to continue training (lots of people do!) you can then pay the balance of the EP course. Your Taster, Voucher or Course fees are each valid for a year. Progress is fastest when you can take your training days as close together as possible. If you exceed the year validity or the maximum number of days you can continue your tuition by paying the daily rate of £140 for EP and £120 for CP.

Your first day

The evening before your first day (or if you've not been out for a while) it is a good idea to give us a call to see how the forecast is looking. If the weather is not looking good you can book some further dates. Often we will ask you to call again around 8.00 - 8.15am on the day to check it is still good and when and where we will fly. Have a look at the where we fly page to get maps to our main training sites.

The weather conditions need to be just right for safe paragliding - fairly light winds and dry conditions - so please don't be too surprised if we have to cancel. Usually we start the day's training at ten or eleven o'clock though sometimes an earlier or later start can make sense to fit the forecast.

Special offers

EP and CP combi ~ £1,150 If you commit to both courses at the start then you can save £75

Couples deal ~ £40 off for one of you if you book your Taster day at the same time as your husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend or partner

Group Taster deal ~ £10 off for subsequent participants

Communications - the Telegram App

To start with please get in touch with us by phone, text, or email. When you sign up for the Elementary and Club pilot courses please download the Telegram app. This is a messaging app that makes it easy to manage groups and let you know when it is looking flyable and what the day's arrangements are etc. Also Telegram is now used by most paragliding clubs so this will help you in your transition to the club environment after graduating from Flying Frenzy! It can be used on phones and computers. Use this link to get the version/s you need; When you have joined I will add you to the appropriate group. (Flying Frenzy Weekenders; Flying Frenzy EP Students; Flying Frenzy CP Students.)