Australia Towed SIV

Ideal for pilots based in Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia, we run our tow courses from inland lakes in Eastern Australia. With a complete tow setup, pilots have a quick turn-around time between flights with video debriefs back at the team campsite. 


Courses run every March

Course Structure & Details

This is the most intimate and relaxing of all our SIV courses as we are isolated on the campsite at a beautiful lake with limited communication with the outside world, so we eat sleep and breath SIV and sometimes go an hike and fly on the surrounding fells.

The course is suitable for any licensed pilot, from novice to advanced, who wants to develop their skills and explore their wings performance. Whether it's your first time, or you are coming back yet again with a new wing, there is always something to learn in a SIV course - particularly over a lake with a rescue boat on standby and with the reassurance of Jocky's expert advice.

You are taught all aspects of controlling your wing during the SIV, from deflations and wingovers to stall recovery and SATS, (if you wish). Then, when you fly XC, you have the added confidence and skill in glider control, which allows you to focus on positive things like finding lift and coring, which frees your mind and helps you fly further.

You must have a tow endorsement to do the course. If you do not have one then Roger runs tow courses and we can offer this 2 days prior to the first course. Just email and we will send you the details.

1:1 Instruction

I want you to fly with as little stress as possible, in an exciting and progressive way.



Although we brief and de-brief as a group, all your SIV flights are 1 to 1, just you and me, so you can perform any manoeuvre and routine, providing you have been briefed to do it prior to taking off. 



We can add or remove, any moves that would help you increase your confidence and glider control skills. 

Safety & Briefings

You will be given detailed briefings prior to each flight and in-flight instruction over the radio by Jocky beneath you in the safety boat, followed by an individual de-brief.



You will be provided with a inflatable collar and a water proof radio bag. 



We will be using 2-metre band radios so if you need to hire one please let Escape know before the course.

Filming

We film all your flights using a full HD camera and a highly trained cameraman.



These flights are used for debriefing you and handed over to you at the end of the course for your reference and study, free of charge. You just need to bring your SD card or USB stick.

Course Schedule

2 flights at dawn, followed by a break and then video debrief. Then either a hike-n-fly or possibly 3rd evening SIV flight, if the wind drops

SIV

Manoeuvres
  • Flight 1 : 
    Cadence 360s, Symmetric Tucks, Big ears, Wingovers
  • Flight 2 : 
    Symmetric Tuck + Trim & Accelerated Asymmetric Tuck + Wingovers
  • Flight 3 : 
    Asymmetric tuck straight & 360s + Search For Spin and Stall
  • Flight 4 : 
    Stalls + Turn reversals + Wingovers
  • Flight 5 : 
    Spirals + Wingovers
  • Flight 6 : 
    Ala Carte - Consolidate on moves, intentionally deploy your reserve or try SATS !
  • Please note this schedule is for reference only, and may change due to weather and/or pilot ability. You will only be asked to do manoeuvres you are comfortable with and capable of performing.

Please be aware of your own physical and mental limits throughout the tour and on each flight. We aim to do a lot of flying and this can be tiring, especially in heat that you may not be used to, so please be realistic and fly within your comfort and skill levels, cut the flight plan early if you feel tired, or if you feel you have had too much of the manoeuvres. We can always change your flight plan to suit what you feel happy dealing with.

Winch Launch & Endorsement Clinics

SIV flights will primarily be winch launched using a boat. Roger has a Cloud Street Super Winch for the course. This is a state of the art pay-out and pay-in winch and recognised as the best in the world. 




All pilots will be required to have tow endorsement prior to the start of the SIV course. A series of endorsement clinics will be run in December and January to assist pilots requiring an endorsement. Contact Roger to express your interest and several clinics will be scheduled with tow endorsed instructors to meet demand.

Watch video of a towed launch

Course Dates & Fees

To be announced

Fees : £650 
include boat tows from 750-1100m AGL, all safety equipment, waterproof bags for radios, life jackets and full brief and debriefs. 

Tutorials

To help you better understand the SIV manouevres,
all chapters from our best selling film Security in Flight II are now available free online 

Includes Big Ears, Collapses, Stalls, Spins, Spiral Dives, Cravattes, Twists, Reserve Deployment and more

Course Bookings

All bookings for the Australian SIV courses are all done through our Australian course provider.

Please contact Roger on Roger@skyoutparagliding.com to check availability and book your place.

Location

Due to the drought facing NSW, we cant confirm the location of which lake we will be using for the course as yet.

In the past we have used Lake Burrendong (near Wellington), Lake Keepit (near Tamworth), Lake Blowering (near Tumut) and Lake StClair (near Singelton).

We will make the final decision on which lake we will use at the end of January, depending on which lake has the greatest capacity and available facilities for our pilots and crew.   

Insurance

It is essential that you have travel insurance which covers you in respect of the following items :
1. Medical treatment
2. Medical repatriation
3. Search & rescue by helicopter

We will hand out a central ‘grab’ sheet form, where we would like all pilots to fill in their emergency contact details, insurance policy and contact numbers.    

This grab sheet also mirrors all the Risk Acceptance sign offs that are a part of this document. Please give it a good read and make sure you understand and accept the risk involved.

Equipment

We assume that you will arrive with a functional paraglider, harness and reserve parachute. If required, we are happy to check it for you.



You can also arrange for a reserve repack done by our team. This is separate from the course and costs £40

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You will need HGFA radios on HGFA 1. Headsets are not needed as you can hear through the waterbag, but cheap radios are best avoided as they often do not have the range or volume. You can hire good quality Icom radios can be hired from us at $30/week, with advance notice. 

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