Elementary Pilot course

The Elementary Pilot (EP) is a BHPA paragliding course for complete novices and is the first step in getting qualified to paraglide, (international certification level 2). By the end of your week you can expect to be enjoying long solo flights of up to 25 minutes.

Our location allows you to take advantage of the excellent weather conditions and high mountains of Switzerland for maximum airtime! With an average 300 flyable days per year we are able to guarantee you will complete your EP syllabus in under a week!

What will I learn?

This is an extremely fun course and almost entirely a practical one with very little theory. The first 1 or 2 days are spent ground training learning to take-off safely with a small amount of essential theory….all with the aim of getting you flying solo as soon as possible. You will then fairly quickly progress onto short solo flights learning a number of various skills in the air.

Next steps in gaining your certification

The Elementary Pilot award is not a qualification but just a stepping stone in getting certified to fly unsupervised. To get certified to fly a paraglider and be able to get insured you need to then complete the Club Pilot course which is another 6 day course.

If you have the time you can also do the full 2 week EP and CP course which is the quickest and easiest way to learn to paraglide and finish with a qualification that allows you to fly unsupervised.

We GUARANTEE that you will complete your EP syllabus in under a week.

The BHPA Elementary Pilot course


From paragliding beginner to competently flying solo.


  • 5 days


  • COURSE: 990CHF
    Included: 5 days tuition and third party insurance.
    Included: 5 days tuition, 6 nights accommodation with breakfast 5 mornings, all transport by van or cable car, third party insurance.

We charge an extra 200CHF rental fee for paragliding equipment.

All students are required to have their own personal accident insurance prior to starting the course.


Our EP paragliding courses run every week of the summer from the end of May through to the end of September.

Special offer!

Get your Elementary Pilot course with accommodation free when you purchase your paragliding kit before arrival.

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Flying with Verbier-Summits was the best holiday of my life.
Harriet Pottinger. BHPA Chairman