Pilot Rating: Elementary Pilot / APPI 1 Discover / Open sky pilot

Is it for me?

If you are looking to take up paragliding as a sport and have a week to spare this course is ideal for you. It is also great for someone looking to take a week off to do something adventurous and enjoy nature time as well. Doing the 2 courses without a break in between will give your learning curve an impetus and boost your confidence. No previous flight experience is required


This 7-day program clubs the Elementary & Intermediate pilot courses back-to-back, and is appreciated by adventure enthusiasts coming from a distance (other than Mumbai and Pune) or students wanting to come for an extended period but don’t have time for the 11-day course.

On completion of this course you are eligible for the APPI 1 Discover licence. Being an APPI certified school Nirvana Adventures can directly apply on your behalf. The license fee is currently 35 Euros for the first year, which you will be paying directly to APPI, Switzerland.

You can read about APPI, their Education, Rating system, advantages & license benefits here at https://flyappi.org/


  • Site assessment
  • Introduction to the paragliding equipment
  • Canopy layout
  • Forward launch technique
  • Ground handling
  • Cross-wind launch
  • S turns
  • Flight planning and safety
  • Course correction
  • Maintaining airspeed
  • Low-level flights (bunny hops)
  • Solo flights
  • Landing and post-landing procedure
  • Targeted Landings
  • Audio/Video interactive sessions
  • Aerodynamics and airmanship
  • Simulator sessions
  • Forward and reverse ground handling
  • Canopy handling and kiting skills (on old ground handling wings only)
  • Strong wind launches on slope
  • Cross-wind launch
  • Airspeed controls
  • Active piloting skills
  • Alternating S turns
  • Weight shift turns
  • Roll and pitch control
  • Ridge soaring techniques
  • Rear riser turns
  • Target/spot landings
  • Flight planning
  • Flight safety and eventuality briefings
  • Safety rules and ridge rules
  • Multiple-choice written exam


The 7 -Day APPI License Program Course package includes:

  • Exclusive state-of-the-art paragliding equipment including harness, helmet, and radio, keeping your weight range and course level in mind, reserved for you
  • Paragliding course material
  • Instruction and radio supervision with a healthy student-instructor ratio, to ensure quality instruction and guidance at every stage
  • Complimentary site transport
  • Complimentary Food and Stay (6 nights and 7 days in dorm) at our guesthouse – Native Place, the best accommodation in the area overlooking the serene Vadivali lake
  • A planned system of training based on the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) standards


Enrol for our 7 Day APPI Paragliding Program for Rs. 40000+18%GST per head (all inclusive)

what is MY next step after this course?

After course completion if this course leaves you longing for more – sign up for our Club Pilot Course that will take you all the way to being a hobby pilot enabling you to fly without direct supervision.

Nirvana Adventures puts your safety first: We are conservative when it comes to training you on bunny slopes, tandem flights or High mountain sites. We do this only when the conditions are ideal. Safety is our main concern and we rely on good weather conditions for training you. Kamshet is fortunate enough to have the best climate with light and moderate winds for most of the year round, so fly-able days are plentiful.

"My experience at Nirvana Adventures in Kamshet was one that I will remember forever. I am a 22 year old Canadian student who was travailing India for an educational program and came to Nirvana Adventures paragliding camp with 3 other Canadian student in my program. The instructors ability to create a safe learning environment and help me understand the mechanics and skills needed to paraglide make it easy and comfortable for me during my training and flights. I loved Kamshet and Native Place so much that I returned during the monsoon to teach English to the Native Place staff and I hope to return in the near future. What a life changing experience"- Amanda Scripnic, Canada