Liscenced pilot paragliding course in Nidwalden, near Lucerne

Organized by Aerosport

Activity Snapshot

Fitness level: Everybody welcome
Duration: > 1 week
Spoken languages: English, German
Minimum age: From 15 years-old and up
Cancellation policy: moderate More info
Opening seasons:

Activity description

Go from total beginner to a fully-licenced pilot on this specialised paragliding course in the Swiss Canton of Nidwalden.

Taking you from the first flight all the way up to the final exam, this long-term licenced pilot paragliding course spans at least 50 flights - helping you train over time to become a totally independent solo paraglider. From the classroom to the open air, refine your take-off and landing technique, learn to fly in the thermals and master important manoeuvres - all set in the stunning backdrop of the Canton of Nidwalden, home to Titlis Glacier, and Lake Lucern. 

Renowned by alpine features like Titlis Glacier in Engleberg and Lake Lucerne, don't be surprised to find yourself sharing the thermals with some of Switzerland's best acro pilots! One of the most popular paragliding locations in Switzerland, take-off sites for paragliding like Niederbauen and Engelberg are serviced by gondolas and cable cars. About an hour's drive from Zurich Airport, trains between Zurich and Lucerne run every half hour. Mountain railways and PostAuto buses connect the peaks with the villages around Lake Lucerne as well as the region's other lakes.

Sign up for this 6-month beginner-to-club pilot paragliding course in the Canton of Nidwalden. An intensive 50-flight paragliding programme aimed at people who are complete beginners and would like to leave with a paragliding licence that allows them to fly unsupervised, this Club Pilot qualification uses over 17 official starting points that start with small elevation plateaus and finish with high altitude flights and thermal XC gliding. An EP & CP combined course, start with the basics of starting, steering and landing before you work your way up to supervised flights and technical training - always in constant radio contact with your instructor. Complete a final theoretical and practical exam to receive your SHV / FSVL licence.

Around Engelberg and Niederbauen, numerous south-facing slopes create strong thermals, affording long flights and great xc opportunities. In calm conditions, flights from Titlis glacier (3200m) are possible. There are several standard routes along the valley, as well as towards the cantons of Luzern, Uri or Bern, but the Engelberg Valley is also known for several areas where high cables create obstacles. Some sites offer an immediate AGL of over 800m, making them perfect to practice more challenging, or even acro, manoeuvres. 



- Basic metrology & aerodynamics
- Ground control
- Inflating the canopy
- Ground steering
- Level flights
- Controlled takeoffs, turns and spot landings
- Supervised high-altitude flights +50
- Independent take-off and landing technique
- Thermal & XC training 
- SHV / FSVL licence examination

Activity requirements

Minors must obtain parental permission.

Special terms

Please organise exact meeting times with your instructor prior to course date.

Subject to weather restrictions

  • SUVA paragliding instructor
  • Equipment (paraglider, harness, emergency parachute, helmet, radio)
  • Transport to flight school
  • Insurance
Do not forget to bring
  • Closed toe footwear
  • Suitable outerwear
  • Long sleeves/long pants
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Meeting point
Aawasserstrasse 11, 6383 Dallenwil, Switzerland Get directions

Cancellation policy

Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity date
You will be automatically refunded for the full amount for the activity
10 days
Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity date
You are entitled to a 50% refund
4 days
Cancellation 4 days or later prior to the agreed activity date
No refund will be possible
Weather Guarantee
Regardless of the date, if the activity is cancelled due to bad weather conditions, you will be offered a refund or the chance to reschedule