course dates and events
PG 1 and PG2 courses, trial flights and tandems, kitesurfing courses – always!
The Wings & Waves paragliding school runs intro courses, beginner and intermediate courses, fly tandems, run kitesurfing lessons every day, as long as the weather suits. With our team of 4 instructors, we can cater for every level of PG1 and PG2 student and all levels of kitesurfing pretty much every day.
During the summer, we are teaching and flying nearly every weekday and definitely every weekend day. During winter, we scale it back a little and just pick the best days.
2021 / 2022 season's courses
This will be up-dated when we schedule new events and courses. Watch this space. Perhaps subscribe to our newsletter (see link below) to ensure you are up-dated when we offer new courses.
October 2021 (date to be announced) – annual WOF night
Once a year, Reuben, Lukas and Eva offer an opportunity for our pilots to get free WOF checks. It's an educational and social evening with some instructions on how to look after and check your gar.
26-31 December 2022 – North Island exploring
We will pick the best North Island sites for the Xmas break and do some coastal at sites you may not even know yet, thermalling at our favourite sites, some XC if possible. We will pick the best 2 days of the holiday break.
Best to book asap via email.
17-19 January 2020 – North Island thermalling
Kaimais or Paeroas or, depending on conditions
We are taking a group of PG2 pilots for a thermalling and XC course with weather brief, site briefing, flight planning, thermal instructions, in flight coaching, debrief. Please book asap via email.
15-22 February 2022 – Wanaka thermalling course
This is a week of fun, flying, travle, learning to thermal, learning to connect thermals and fly distance, as well as a wonderful week away with friends. It typically moves a PG2 pilot or coastal pilots to being a competent mountain and thermalling pilot. With lots of flying, briefings, de-briefings, weather and other theory sessions.
23-30 February 2022 – Wanaka XC course
This is a week of fun, flying, travel, learning to string thermals together and fly XC.
??? – Bright, Australia, thermalling and XC course
The Britght trip is the annual favourite for both WW instructors as well as the students.
It is a week of fun, flying, travle, learning to thermal, learning to connect thermals and fly distance, as well as a wonderful week away with friends. It typically moves a PG2 pilot or coastal pilots to being a competent mountain and thermalling pilot. With lots of flying, briefings, de-briefings, weather and other theory sessions.
This first week of the Bright course is reserved for those pilots who are new to this, the second week - see below - for those who have other done the first week or have done Bright or Wanaka courses previously.
With course, transport from and to Melbourne Airport, van for the course, instructions, accommodation in a really nice house by the river in Bright, it is going to be about $1,500.
We are still teaching in Auckland as per usual during this time.
Easter 2022 – Paeroas, Kaimais etc
We are offering some coaching and teaching during the Easter holidays. Lukas will teach in Auckland Friday, Sat and Sun before he heads off to Italy on Monday for the kite World Championships.
Reuben and Eva will take pilots inland flying to the Paeroas and Kaimais. Please make sure to make contact well in time and be ready to go flying and camping for a few days.
European summer 2022 - XC in the best spots in the Alps
We will try again after a 2 years Covid break. We will be looking forward to this one: 2 weeks of flying in the European Alps, where ever the weather is best, picking the best sites every day, picking the perfect flight plan every day, enjoying the amazing scenery, the flying, but also food and wine and everything else. After 30 years (OMG, I am must be old...) of flying in Europe most NZ summers, I know a good place or two which I would love to share with you.
This course is only for PG2 pilots who do not need much supervision during the flight, launch and landings, as it will be all about improving your XC skills, having fun, flying off into the distance and perhaps landing together somewhere some distance away. You will get good site and weather briefings, coaching from Lukas and Eva in the air, debriefs and lots of valuable tips. We have lovely Jan as our driver, so we don't even need to worry about retrieves.
We will only take one vehicle full of pilots, be flexible with our itinerary and follow the best weather.
A bunch of people has been quick and booked in already, so do not delay putting your name down asap!
Our paragliding school organises trips, courses, BBQs