ZEROGRAVITY paragliding centre. Avenida de la Constitución, 44. Algodonales. Spain. T: +34 615372554.

Stage 1-2 | APPI Open Sky Pilot | BHPA Elementary Pilot


  • Listed dates are arrival & departure dates

SEPT 23-30, 2017 Available
SEPT 16-23, 2017 Available
OCT 7-14, 2017 Available
OCT 14-21, 2017 Available
NOV 4-11, 2017 Available
NOV 11-18, 2017 Available


Learn to fly… Easy and Fun!


FOR WHO? For beginners and students

DURATION: 6 days, from morning to sunset

ACCOMMODATION, 7 nights included in the price

rfae-fai-appi-bhpa-logosWe are an approved and accredited paragliding school by FAI, RFAE, APPI and BHPA, which means that we can certify and apply licenses recognised worldwide.
We also enable us to offer BHPA courses and qualifications for british residents who are required to have a BHPA licence to fly in UK.

Paragliding course scheme

Stages 1&2 | APPI Open Sky | BHPA Elementary Pilot

The paragliding course FAI Para Pro Stages 1&2 (also called Elementary Pilot by the BHPA, or Open Sky Pilot by the APPI) is an extremely fun paragliding course for complete novices. No previous experience is needed.

This course is the first qualification, and upon successful completion you will be qualified to fly, but under the supervision of an instructor. To get certified to fly alone and unsupervised, you need to complete the next Stage 3 (BHPA Club Pilot Course, APPI Adventure Pilot).

At southern Spain you will take advantage of the excellent weather conditions for maximum air-time. We are able to guarantee you will complete your Stages 1&2 syllabus in under a week.


OFFER! Combined Full Stages 1&2+3 | APPI Pilot | BHPA Club Pilot

From complete beginner to qualified paraglider pilot.

You can also do the full 2 weeks Combined Stages 1+2+3 course which is the quickest way to learn to paraglide and finish with a qualification that allows you to fly unsupervised.

best-paragliding-schoolWhat’s different about us?

FAST LEARNING SYSTEM: faster, safer, funnier!

Because we know that our students have a short time for learning to fly, we have developed a fast learning system with all our best resources.

Know more here...

  • faster-safer-best-paragliding-course-beginnersDUAL FLIGHTS: The initiation course paragliding will surprise you with its pedagogical approach based on dual tandem flight. You will make high flights from the first day; you will take the controls, you will be the pilot!… but with your instructor seated behind you. This is the best way to learn; no doubt!. The traditional method is based in making hops and short flights from a low hill (…the students must climb the hill walking), and doing only a few high flights at the end of the course. This often takes a longer time to achieve the same level.
  • After a few dual flights with your instructor, you will be ready to fly alone under supervision of two instructors (one on the take-off and another on the landing area) who will give you instructions by radio.
  • MINI-PARAGLIDERS: we use small wings for ground handling practice, so the students can practice with light winds and also with stronger winds.
  • We have a private flying spot where you can fly without too many other pilots around. It is ideal for beginners and for your first flights in dynamic lift!
  • You will benefit from the local knowledge of the instructors. Our staff are spanish. We were born here and we have learnt to fly on these mountains for the last 25 years. Most of the paragliding foreigners guides and instructors come here just for a few months, during the winter season, and after that, they go back home.
  • Small group size: 4-6 students per course. We can spend more time with each one.
  • We use modern media methods, based on videos and animations that makes the theory lessons easy and quick to understand.


  • Travel Insurance: Before coming, you should have an accident insurance, with full rescue/repatriation cover. If you are a citizen of the EU, bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, more info here). This entitles you to reduced-cost, sometimes free, medical treatment.
  • Your Health: paragliding requires a certain level of fitness. If in doubt, please consult your doctor.


The lessons and briefings are in English or Spanish. You must understand at least one of these languages


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  • 6 days course with Theory lessons & flight practices
  • Rent of full flying kit
  • Third party Insurance
  • Shuttle to flying sites & retrievals
  • Airport transfers, included ([sg_popup id=”3″ event=”click”]terms & conditions[/sg_popup])

  • APPI / BHPA fees, if you want to join as member of these associations (optional)


7 nights accommodation are included in the price of our paragliding courses and tours. Most of the accommodation that you can find at Algodonales are focused on paragliding pilots, and they are based in shared double rooms in a house with kitchen facilities. Anyway, you can choose a single room or you can add extra nights during the online booking process.
If you are still wondering why you should come to southern Spain for paragliding, please, visit this section...
Find answers to the most frecuent questions about our courses, tours, paragliding,...
Get here more information about our flying sites: altitude, wind direction and pilot's level required for each one... you can also watch some pics and videos.
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