Australia SIV 12-16 February, 2023
Finally I am reuniting with Roger and the team at Skyout paragliding to continue our SIV courses in the secluded outback of Australia.
We have been running these intimate SIV courses in Australia since 2012 using boat winch towing to 700-1100m altitude in the flight zone above the lake. We camp on the lake side and the closest town is Singleton, about 30 minutes drive away. You need to be tow rated, but Roger can teach that a few days prior to the course. Just email me for details.
Our courses constantly evolve with glider designs and the progress in our sport.
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.
We offer 3 formats of training, to suit pilots of all levels. These formats can run in parallel during a course, so for example, one pilot could be doing pilotage manoeuvres while the other is perfecting his SAT technique.
Fees : £725
Pilotage is a mild form of an SIV course, where the pilot focuses more on glider control, manoeuvrability and sensitivity. This builds up your skillset and confidence in turning tightly, understanding the limits and using the pitch to core in thermals etc.
SIV is designed to give pilots more confidence in their ability and know the limits of your glider. It teaches you recovery techniques for situations you may encounter during a cross-country flight, enabling you to turn a negative into a positive and fly further
Intro to Acro
We teach the main foundation acro moves and acro philosophy, including SATS,
tail-slides acro-stall, spins, wingovers and hello-intros
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 & filmed demonstrations prior to each flight. Instruction will be over the radio from Jocky beneath you in the safety boat. Once the group have finished that flight wave, pilots are given an individual de-brief with Jocky using your video footage to help you develop your skills.
You will be provided with a inflatable collar and a water proof radio bag.
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.
Initial introductions, briefing and admin on the first day, followed by one SIV flight. For the next two days, we usually have 2 flights a day, and an a-la-carte flight on the last day.
The course finishes in 3.5 days, and we keep 1.5 days in hand as bad weather backup.
Typical course schedule
Flight 1 :
Pitch, Cadence 360s, Symmetric Tucks, Big ears, Wingovers
Flight 2 :
Symmetric Tuck + Asymmetric Tuck, Trim & Accelerated + Wingovers
Flight 3 :
Asymmetric Tuck Straight & 360s + Search For Spin and Stall
Flight 4 :
Stalls + Turn reversals + Wingovers
Flight 5 :
Spirals + Wingovers/ Ala Carte ( you choose)
Flight 6 :
Ala Carte - Consolidate on moves learned during the course or add new ones like SATs, 360 spin, stall from spin and tail slides etc.
- 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.