What Is Included?
This is a in-depth course to learn the ins and outs of paragliding/powered paraglider flying, maintenance, and ownership. Our syllabus provides the skills and knowledge you need to confidently fly on your own & with friends. You will learn about your equipment, how to launch safely, fly expertly, and land with ease! You will also be taught the fundamentals of weather, gliders, airspace, Federal Regulations, maintenance, and many other tricks that may well take years to learn on your own.
Additionally, we are the only full service school in Costa Rica to offer FREE rental for ALL of your state-of-the-art equipment (motor, wing, helmet, radio, flotation, reserve, etc). We include gear for your first fifteen flights so you'll never feel pressured to buy equipment without knowing exactly what it is you want, from an educated, experience based perspective, rather than one solely based on marketing. We value this FREE benefit at approximately $2,000 compared to what most schools charge for rentals.
In order to offer a premium training experience, we have one scheduled class each month of the year. The training course is tailored to each individuals aptitude throughout the course, but always conducted in groups as learning with others not only makes the course a heck of a lot more fun but also maximizes the learning opportunities for each member of the class. Course slots are limited so there is at least one instructor to every two students, and courses typically fill 3-6 months in advance, we highly recommend you contact us early for course dates and availability! As far as your time commitment, it is important to schedule a minimum 7 day block of time for the course, up to 15 days is even better as it allows us to the necessary time with you to reinforce and practice retention of your new skills in order to make you a safe and confident pilot.
Our training syllabus uses the the USPPA PPG2 course as its foundation, but with additional elements and refinement based on over 30 years of paramotor instruction by our staff and consulting partners AviatroPPG.
The initial few training days are packed full with ground handling practice of various gliders, classroom work (weather, Airspace, Federal Regulations, glider design and theory, paramotor pre-flight inspection & maintenance, risk/safety/attitude course), paramotor simulator sessions, and Tandem flights to refine flying and landing technique without the complication of the motor.
By day 3 or 4, dependent upon your aptitude and our custom solo exam, you may be ready for your first solo flight (an unforgettable experience!). Subsequent days of training include numerous flights in the mornings and evenings during which you will continue to refine the skills you need to safely and enjoyably fly on your own, as well as afternoons spent refining ground handling skills and completing the classroom syllabus.
**Important: We allow a maximum of 2 students per instructor which limits the number of students we can take for training at any given time, it is best to reserve early for your desired dates!
Our training fee is $3,500, which includes the use of our state-of-the art gear, a minimum time investment of 7 days, for us to help make you a safe and confident pilot. To truly enjoy paramotoring over the long term, it is important to get a solid foundation to start from.
8 Nights in our facilities, with a chef meeting your needs for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 8 days, round trip airport transportation to our facilities and all local transportation. Special tours can be arranged upon request for a nominal fee.
**Note: Training fee includes 15 flights on our equipment, and up to 8 days of active training. Training days must be used within a 60-day period from the first day of training. If a motor and glider is purchased from us before or during training, the fee includes unlimited flights within the allocated training days.
Additional Training Days (including room & board are available for $200 per day after completing your initial 8 days)
As a fully certified USPPA paramotor school we are pleased to offer PPG1, PPG2, & PPG3 ratings to qualified students. We follow the USPPA syllabus as the foundation for our own carefully refined course of instruction.
We are located in Jaco Beach, only 1 hour 10 min from the international Airport, near the best beach locations of Costa Rica and with numerous tours in the area that can make your learning fun during your stay in Costa Rica.
To become a part of one of our next training classes and join the ParaCosta family please fill out the form below. You'll be asked a few questions to best determine your schedule and to help us understand your desire to fly.
Whether we are able to welcome you into this flying world ourselves, or to direct you toward one of our training partners we'd love to be a part of your process and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn more about your passion for flying and living life to the fullest.
We at ParaCosta offer paragliding and powered paragliding training. Training time varies from student to student it generally takes 8 days to go from "zero to hero". We work hard to ensure that students are safe & confident in their pg/ppg skills so they can launch, skillfully maneuver and land their paraglider/paramotors without assistance or challenge. Emphasis is placed on safely mastering flying from the beginning along with fully understanding the rules, regulations, physics & complexities of the sport.