ParaGliding Tandem Flights and Lessons

XtremeBigAir's ParaGliding Instructors:

Kinsley ThomasWong and Patrick Eaves are certified USHPA Tandem Instructors. XtremeBigAir has been teaching Paragliding since 1994. As of today, we have taught hundreds of paragliding students worldwide!

Whether you are an avid Paraglider Pilot looking to advance your flying skills or just someone who is interested in learning to paraglide, XtremeBigAir ParaGliding School is for you. You will experience some of the world's best year around training sites and complete training packages. Since 1994, XtremeBigAir offers our Paragliding Beginner Course as well as Advanced Paragliding Course in the Central Coast California.

  • Kinsley ThomasWong is a certified IKO Advanced Kiteboarding Instructor, an USHGA/USHPA Advanced Tandem Instructor Paragliding, a PADI Dive Master, and hold many more of other rating...
  • Patrick Eaves is a certified SHGA/USHPA Tandem Instructor Paragliding.
We highly recommend that you purchase a Paragliding Training Book and DVD package. Watch the DVD and Read the book before you signed up for your Paragliding Training Course with us.

Introductory Tandem Flight

MOST POPULAR: $150 per person - Introductory Tandem Flight is also a Great Gift Idea!

Imagine yourself flying like a bird soaring above the beautiful sandy coastal cliff or catching a thermal up to the cloud base. Training with XtremeBigAir ParaGliding School will make your dreams come true.

If you are not sure if paragliding is right for you, then take an Introductory ParaGliding Tandem flight with our Tandem Instructors. Our tandem instructors have many hours of Tandem flying experience in all conditions: coastal, thermic, and high altitude from all places in the world: France, Ecuador, Switzerland, Mexico, just to name a few.

Your Tandem flights count toward your certification, and are a great way to learn whether you are a new or experienced pilot seeking special skills such as Thermals, Cliff Launch, Assisted Windy Cliff, Ridge Soaring, Cross Country, or High Altitude Launch.

In the air, the passenger is in the front and the Tandem Instructor Pilot is behind. The take off and landing are consistently soft and do not require high running speeds (often a quiet hover down, at most, a fast walk or trot). The harness is very comfortable.

Reservations and Payments:

  • Weekends are the most popular, so it is better to email or call in advance.
  • We accept cash,CC, or PayPal (pay to info@XtremeBigAir.com )
  • Call to make any arrangements. (805) 574-9200

Cancellation Policy

For all lessons there is a 48 hr cancellation policy. If you fail to show up for a lesson, there is a 50% no show fee. For students in the unlimited program, the charge is $75.00 for no-shows. Lessons are nonrefundable. Lesson purchases can not be transferred to another party.

THINGS TO BRING FOR A TANDEM PARAGLIDING FLIGHT:
  • Boots or shoes with ankle support and traction are required.
  • If you show up without shoes with ankle support, you will not fly and no refund will be given.
  • Wear layered clothing and wear full pants recommended.
  • Cameras can be brought for in flight pictures. A teather is recommended for your personal camera.

P1- USHGA Beginner rating- $400 : one day course

5 hours training - Minimum of 4 successful solo flights. The pilot has the knowledge and basic skills necessary to fly and practice under direct instructor supervision and within significant operating limitations. The pilot understands the USHGA rating system and recommended operating limitations.

P2 - USHGA Novice rating- $1200(required P1 rating)

The pilot has the knowledge and basic skills necessary to fly and practice without direct instructor supervision but within significant operating limitations. The pilot understands the USHGA rating system and recommended operating limitations.

P3 - P4 - T1 and Advanced rating- $400 per day(required P2 rating)

If you already have your P2 rating, you can obtain your special skills rating of Tandem 1, Thermals, Cliff Launch, Assisted Windy Cliff, Ridge Soaring, Cross Country, or High Altitude Launch for $350 per lesson/day.
Directions and find out how far you are from Pismo Beach where we offer our kiteboarding classes

We are located in Shell Beach/Pismo Beach which is 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo or 100 Miles North of Santa Barbara or half way between Los Angeles(LAX) and San Francisco(SFO).  You can fly into the local small airport in San Luis Obispo(SBP) from either LAX or SFO.  If you have your own helicopter or small airplane, you can fly into Oceano Airport and we will pick you up.

Local accommodations, rv parks, and campgrounds can be found at: http://www.classiccalifornia.com/lodging.htm

There are many things that you can do here: surfing, paragliding, kayaking, mt. biking, scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, deepsea fishing, wine tasting, atv,  etc...  Shell Beach/Pismo Beach is really a wonderful place to spend your vacation.