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Shrikant Gadge


A great experience overall. I had a great flight.


Your training ground for a rapid course in paragliding with ASSTA (Adventure Sports and Sustainable Tourism Academy) is Vagamon, a verdant spot in green Kerala. Surrounded by grassy hill lands, crisp clear mountain air, the classroom for this course is situated at the Kolahalamedu Hills (4km). Over 4 days, you’ll be taking off from the second largest peak in South India, Amruthamedu. Your obstacles: a 10km long ridge with 3,000 ft from top to bottom. Under strict supervision of well-experienced instructors, at the end of course you would be able to fly independently.

Similar to any skill-based training program, you’ll be attending theory and practical sessions on all days from 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5:30pm, with regular breaks. This course features, active ground training including site assessment, introduction to equipment, and safety measures. Another module on ground handling will expose learners on understanding wind direction, paragliding prep checks, takeoff and landing sequence and techniques, maneuvering, and direction control.

Also learn getting airborne, flight lessons, and theory classes on Meteorology, Principles of Flight, and Rules of Air.


Basic course structure:

    Ground Training
    1 Introductory talk - School instructor - risk warning health/medical conditions clothing/footwear.
    2 Site assessment
    3 Introduction to equipment
    4 Avoiding/minimizing injury

    Ground Handling
    5 Briefing - Checks - wind direction flare/stall
    6 Preparation - Checks - paragliding canopy harness helmet
    7 Inflation - Take-off - landing sequence practiced
    8 Directional control - initiating turns

    First Hops
    9 Getting airborne - take-off with good control of airspeed, canopy and landing

    Flight exercises
    10 Eventualities briefing - to deal with the unexpected
    11 Commands and communications briefing
    12 Responsibilities briefing - student becomes the pilot-in-command
    13 Flights (3) straight flights maintaining course and airspeed
    14 Flights (2) introducing turns

    Theory lessons
    15 Meteorology
    16 Principles of flight
    17 Rules of the air

Duration: 4 days 

Other Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • 7
  • All meals for four days
  • 7
  • Paragliding training with an experienced pilot
  • 7
  • Certificate of completion


  • Please note that paragliding is a wind dependent sport and there’s a possibility of last minute re- schedules or cancellations, which are beyond control.
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  • Clothing:T-shirt, full pants, shoes (please avoid slippers/ open footwear), cap.
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  • Site transport and food is not included in the package.
  • 7
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Please avoid flying immediately after meals. Minimum gap of 2 hours is suggested.
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  • Physical fitness and sportive inclination are essential prerequisites to learning this sport.
  • 7
  • Those with heart, respiratory, blackout, or dizziness problems must seek doctor’s advice.
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  • In case of loss or damage of equipment, due to negligence or intention on the part of the student, the student will have to cover the costs involved.
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  • All students have to furnish an Indemnity form.
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  • Students below the age of 18 will need written consent of parent/ guardian.

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    A great experience overall. I had a great flight.


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