XC Guiding & Pilot Development
XC Guiding In Algodonales
Algodonales is a small village nestled on the side of a mountain in Andalucia, southern Spain. Famous for the flying conditions, Andalucia is the perfect playground for our XC Guiding and soaring with the vultures.
While the rest of Europe is largely unflyable, the flying conditions are usually stable here in southern Spain therefore it is virtually flyable most of the year round. Spring time here in southern Spain is a thermal paradise and great for beginner XC’s and thermal coaching.
What to expect from our XC Guiding & Pilot Development?
We take the hassle out of your flying holiday and help you make the most of the conditions to achieve great flying days. Comfortable accommodation, all your flying logistics arranged, local XC Guiding knowledge, pilot development and plenty to do in between great flying.
We usually meet up for breakfast and assess the weather for the day and then head out to the most optimum site for the days flying. Flying until the conditions allow it or it gets dark, usually the latter. We Stop for lunch and breaks in the day but our days are long.
The accommodation used are apartments in Algodonales itself. Usually a very short walk (5mins) from the town square. We have a number of options for accommodation available.
We give all pilots their own private room with a double bed. Plenty of space for you and your glider. The apartments have three bedrooms and two bathrooms in each.
The apartments have full kitchens with washing machines etc should you wish to cook or clean clothes etc.
The accommodation has Free Wifi included.
If you require private accommodation for yourself, or for couples or families please get in touch and we can arrange this. Please not there is a small surcharge for private accommodation.
Should you wish to arrange your own accommodation please let us know and we can provide a daily rate for Coaching and Guiding only. Check out our friends at Casa La Parra.
Food and Drink
We provide some food and snacks in the house and everything you will need to make a simple breakfast before your day of flying. If you have any dietary preferences or allergies please let us know. We will stop for tapas during the day and there are many great restaurants in town for dinner in the evening.
There are many great restaurants in the town and they are surprisingly affordable. If you wish to cater for yourself during your stay there are a number of small super markets in the town where you can buy most items you would at home. We will make arrangements at the start of your trip to ensure you are stocked up for the week with what you need.
We will arrange collection and drop off to the airport. Book your flights to Malaga, Seville or Jerez,
Alternatively you can hire a car from the airport. If you do hire a car we will discount the trip by 50 Euro.
Car hire is inexpensive in Southern Spain (Google Search for car hire) and you may like having your own transport as we are in the perfect place to visit some beautiful local cities such as Seville, Cadiz, Cordoba, Malaga, Ronda, even Granada.
Rating Requirements & Insurance
Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your trip that includes rescue / repatriation and medical cover for paragliding. Please also ensure that you have your local association membership, such as your BHPA, FAI, IPPI etc membership, up to date. If you have your BHPA card please bring that along with you on your trip.
*Please note that this trip is not an instructional course and therefore you must be qualified or rated to fly independently.*
It is very important that you check you have all your kit in advance of coming out, especially if you haven’t flown in a while. Please check your kit is in good condition. If there is any equipment you require please let us know before your trip and we will ensure we have for your trip.
Please take a radio with you. If you do not have a 2m radio, we can sell or rent one to you.
Payment and Cancellations
You may pay us directly when you arrive or if you wish to pay by bank transfer please see the below info.
We kindly ask that a payment of a deposit of 100€ per person upon confirmation of booking. The remainder of the balance to be paid 7 days before the date of the commencement of the course/week.
If you wish to cancel the trip we refund 100% if cancelled more than 14 days, within the 14 day window we keep or transfer your deposit to another trip. If your trip is cancelled due to Covid we will refund you 100% no matter when you cancelled.
For any more information on our XC Guiding please email Nick@ParaglidingGuide.com
More information for Algodonales:
Levante (South Easterly & South Westerly Takeoff from Lijar)
Poniente (Westerly & North Westerly Easterly Takeoff from Lijar)
Coaching (& XC Guiding)
After you have just learnt to fly, or maybe you haven’t flown in some time, it can feel quite daunting to go out flying alone. Especially flying independently for the first time. No instructor there to help you if you need, choosing where to go, checking the weather and your gear. It is an exciting time in our flying career. Coaching can really help at this stage develop your flying knowledge and experience.
Our Coaching services are a great way to help structure your progress and work on making you a safer, more relaxed, more knowledgeable pilot. We cater our coaching to your level, experience and your paragliding ambitions.
At all levels we can always improve our flying, from the theory and the preparations we make to the flying and the experiences we create. We focus on developing skills in:
- Equipment & Instruments
- Weather Forecasting
- Ground Handling Exercises
- Active flying in thermic conditions
- XC Route Planning
- Debriefing at the end of the day
Pilot Development (& XC Guiding)
We are always learning with paragliding and it is important to give some structure to this. Luckily the BHPA have come up with the Pilot Development System for you to follow. We can help you progress your Pilot Tasks and get you ready for your Exam.