assessment for tandem / instructor rating
If you would like to fly tandems or teach in NZ, you need to gain the NZ required ratings.
The NZHGPA recognises certain overseas tandem and instructor ratings. A list is in our OPM, section 6.3; please make sure to read the relevant pages carefully as the requirements may change. Instructors and tandem pilots are expected to know the NZ rules and regulations for paragliding well.
transfer / assessment process
join the NZHGPA as a full member
contact the NZHGPA PG training manager
make yourself familiar with all NZHGPA rules regarding the rating you require, e.g. our NZHGPA operations manual section 6.2.5 "assessment process", but also all sections that apply to you as a future instructor / tandem pilot
the training manager will contact Wings & Waves or another assessor with your details, including
– your name, contact details, DOB
– overseas' rating which is required to be transferred
– instructions on special requirements for the assessment if applicable
– NZHGPA membership number
– where the applicant is intended to work, if applicable
– confirmation that the NZHGPA fee has been paid
Where possible, an independent assessor should do the assessment, not a future employer.
the applicant contacts Wings & Waves to arrange a time and date for the assessment and discuss your requirements. We teach full time except July, so it should be easy to find a suitable time.
check the requirements for the assessment and please come well prepared to ensure you will pass. The forms below will list what you need to bring and what you need to do.
– OPMF45 Paragliding instructor assessment form
– OPMF44 Paragliding tandem pilot assessment form
– OPMF33 Visual flight rule test you will need to sit
– OPMF34 VFR study guide to help you prepare
you will also need to sit a theory test which is not available online. It is only at PG2 / intermediate level which should be easy for instructors and tandem pilots.
do the practical assessment with us and sit the tests.
we will inform you and the training manager of the result of your assessment
if successful, we will forward your tests, documents and the signed forms to the NZHGPA for processing
learning to paraglide - ground handling
within a couple of days of paragliding training, you learn to use the up-draft to soar along the coast.
the instructor helps with the first launches
special treat at Wings & Waves: Tandem instructions