This course is for pilots with a P1 rating. Achieving your P2 rating is like graduating from paragliding school – there’s still tons left to learn about the sport, but as a P2 pilot you are knowledgeable enough to make good flying decisions without an instructor by your side. Where a P1 rating makes you an autonomous park pilot, a P2 makes you a mountain pilot ready to explore the world of high-altitude soaring. Once your P2 rating is achieved you will be free to accumulate airtime at designated paragliding sites all across country. As you gain experience, and in turn skill, you will have the opportunity to attain more advanced ratings, which will clear you to fly in more exclusive locations.
So how do you get a P2 rating? Simply put, you practice, practice, practice. Acquiring the P1 rating is a natural step in the P2 training process, so the P1 lesson package is where most paragliding students begin. On average, each rating requires about 6 lessons (or 24 hours) worth of instruction. There are two methods you can use after completing your P1 rating: you can take another 6-lessons until you’ve reached your P2, or you can participate in our “guided self-discovery” program. The latter is a more affordable route reserved for those students who purchase gear through Morningside. With your own gear you are more free to practice on your own, whereas use of the school’s gear requires you to be more directly involved with lessons. To learn more about this program, simply call (603) 542-4416.
If you prefer to wait to buy your own gear, the P2 certification package is for you. It consists of an additional 6 lessons to be taken after you’ve become a P1 pilot.