Paragliding Lessons:

Based in Bend Oregon, and Hood River, we are the first full functioning school for the Central Oregon region. To begin your training we will get you out on a tandem instructional flight at one of 4 locations. If you decide to continue your training we will begin with ground handling techniques of the paraglider, once your have good canopy control we take you out to one of our training hills, and let you get your feet off the ground. 

For your full USHPA license you will also need to complete our ground school program, and pass a couple basic tests. Dont worry that is all included in your package. The goal is to give you as much knowledge as we can of weather, aviation, and aerodynamics, to help you better learn to safley fly the invisible currents of air, and fully enjoy the freedom of free flight. 

P1 Package: gets you started on the basics of canopy control, and knowledge

P2 Package: Takes you from your first flight, to official USHPA P2 Pilot which allows

you to fly without an instructor at many sites around the country including those here in Central Oregon.

After your P2, you will continue to fly, log hours and skills. We encourage you to take more clinics with us or with other licensed instructors. 

We offer theramling and cross-country clinics locally during the spring and fall.

To Book your Lessons Please contact us Via Phone or Email.

please be advised paragliding is weather dependent sport, especially at the training level 

We do our best to forecast before each lesson day, but forecasts are not always accurate, however even the bad weather days are a learning tool. ​



For those serious about getting into sport we offer great package pricing on to get you through to being able to fly on your own. 

If you do not complete the entire program you will be charged the daily lesson rate. Package prices are for those who are committed to learning the art of free flight. We understand life happens, so if you need to take a break or finish the following year, package prices will apply. However may have to back track a little and get you back up to speed depending on how much you have forgotten we may have to add some additional cost to your reentry. We love teaching people to fly, it is our passion, however our instructors time is of great importance to us, so we must compensate them for their time. 

For those who do finish the P2 program we offer great discounts on your first paragliding equipment set up. 

If you have booked a slot in one of our Mt or Coastal trips, payments must be made in advance. Cancelations must be made a week prior, otherwise we will not be able to refund you. 

Students are expected to arrive on time to lessons, and be in good communication with instructors. We do not wait for late birds. 

Just want to try paragliding out with no commitment?
We offer an intro to kiting: $100 1-2 hours session
We also offer daily training rate: $200 per 4 hour session
Or just join us for a Tandem Flight- if you decide to take lessons after you tandem we will take 75% off the cost of your tandem off you lessons price.
(insurance reasons we do have keep a little, sorry)

P1 Rating: $1300:

The P1 Package gets you started on your ground handling of a paraglider, and your first few flights off a 300' max height hill. You will complete 4 hours of ground school: basic weather, aerodynamics, followed by P1 knowledge test. 

Upon completion you will receive your USHPA P1: beginner rating. This is just a beginner rating you will still be required to fly with an instructor. If you are looking to fly without an instructor you will need to complete the P2 program.

(If you do not complete the program you will be charged the per hour rate)


Time commitment: 6 lesson days (3-8hrs sessions each)

Price: $1300


- all equipment provided during training, paraglider, harness, reserve chute, radio, helmet.

- small groups max 3-4 students per instructor 

- USHPA P1 rating

- Student paragliding study manual

- log book

Tasks Required by USHPA

  • Attends and completes a basic ground school. 

  • Layout and preflight of canopy and harness. 

    o Hook in procedure
    o Half/turn checks
    o Understands procedure for varying wind conditions

  • Demonstrates kiting skills:

       o Can maintain a canopy overhead for a minimum of               3 minutes
       o Can build a wall
       o Can inflate glider straight over head
       o Can directionally control a canopy overhead, making it              move to right or left
, the direction in which they want it              to go
       o Can do both forward and reverse launch techniques in                kiting field

  • With each flight, demonstrate method(s) of establishing that pilot is properly connected to the canopy, with cleared lines and risers, just prior to inflation. 

  • Launch unassisted showing:

       o Aggressive inflation and run.
Pendulum control during launch.
Directional control.
Smooth transition from running to flying, during launch. 

  • Airspeed recognition and control, 

  • Two flights, predetermined to show:

    o Constant airspeed. 

    o Smooth straight flight. 

    o Safe, smooth landing, on feet, into wind. 

  • Two flights, predetermined to show:
    o Confident, slight variation in air speed showing awareness of control

    inputs and pendulum control. 

       o Smoothly increasing airspeed, and smoothly slowing                  air-speed showing good control. 

       o Safe, smooth landing, on feet, into wind. 

  • Shows the ability to recognize and understand how different wind conditions at

    this site will affect their flights. 
 o Wind direction.
    o Wind velocity. 

    o Terrain shape.

    o Obstructions.

  • On each flight, demonstrates proper post-landing procedure, to include, but not

    limited to:
1. Canopy deflation.
2. Canopy immobilization.
3. Checking traffic.
4. Removal of canopy from landing area.

  • Disconnection from the canopy. 

  • Demonstration of understanding of the importance of proper packing, storage,

    and care of the canopy. 

  • Has read and understands USHPA statements regarding good judgment and


  • Must pass the USHPA Beginner Paragliding written exam. 

  • Must agree to all the provisions of the USHPA standard waiver and assumption

    of risk agreement for the Beginner rating and deliver an original signed copy to the USHPA office. 

P2 Package: $2400

P1-P2:   $1100

The P2 Package will take you from your first time handeling a paraglider to being able to fly on your own without an instructor. You will get your first high Mt launches in during this course and upon completion of the 8hrs of ground school should have a wealth of knowledge to be comfortable to fly on your own. We will throughly cover all aspects of free flight, from weather, aerodynamics, FAA regulations, terrain, and more. Upon completion of the P2 test you will get your USHPA P2 Novice rating. This will allow you to fly locally on your own, and in many other locations across the USA. 

(If you do not complete the program you will be charged the per hour rate)

Time Commitment: 12-16 lesson days (3-8hr sessions)

Price: From start $2400- From P1- $1100


- all equipment provided during training, paraglider, harness, reserve chute, radio, helmet.

- small groups max 3-4 students per instructor 

- USHPA P1 rating

- Student paragliding study manual

- log book

- at least one trip to a site out of your training area

* All White Owl P2 Student will always be allowed to join any out of town trips and will get a discount on our winter international trips*

Task Required by USHPA

A. Logged Requirements

  •   Attends a minimum of 8 hours of ground school.

  •   35 flights. At the discretion of paragliding instructor.

  •   10 flying days

  •   5 hours of airtime

B. Demonstrated Skills and Knowledge

  • Demonstrates layout and preflight of the canopy, harness, and backup reserve parachute. 

  • Gives a reliable analysis of general conditions of the site and self, and a flight plan including flight path, areas to avoid in relation to the wind flow, and obstacles to stay clear of. 

  • Demonstrates 5 consecutive forward inflations with a visual check of the canopy each time. 

  • Demonstrates 5 consecutive controlled reverse inflations with proper surge dampening. 

  • Demonstrates controlled kiting of a glider over head for 5 minutes in a steady wind. 2
 min in light winds.

  • Demonstrates 20 clean, smooth reverse inflations, reversals prior to launch.

  • With each flight, demonstrates a method of establishing that the pilot is properly connected to the glider, with cleared lines and risers just prior to inflation. 

  • Demonstrates 2 successful, aggressive, confident inflations/launches, where the wind is at least 15° cross to straight up the hill in wind not exceeding 5 m.p.h. 

  • Demonstrates 2 no-wind (0-5m.p.h.) inflations/launches.

  • Demonstrate how to brief and instruct a ground crew and explain when an assisted launch is necessary.

  • Demonstrates 2 high-wind (10-15 m.p.h.)inflations/launches.

  • Demonstrates flight with smooth variation in airspeed, from above minimum sink to fast flight, while maintaining a heading.

  • Demonstrates flight showing the ability to comfortably and precisely slow the glider to minimum sink and smoothly increase to normal airspeed while maintaining a heading. The pilot should not slow the glider to near the stall speed.

  • Demonstrates flight(s) along a planned path alternating 'S' turns of at least 90° change in heading. Flight heading need not exceed 45° from straight into the wind. Turns must be smooth with controlled airspeed, ending in safe, stand up landings on a heading.

  • Demonstrates 360-degree turns in both directions, and at various speeds and bank angles.

  • Demonstrates hands-off flying, one handed flying skills, weight-shift turns, and rear-riser turns.

  • Demonstrates symmetric and asymmetric tip folds for increased descent rate.

  • Demonstrates the ability to judge and allow for proper clearance from a ridge

    and other aircraft.

  • Demonstrates 5 landings within 25' of a target, safe, smooth, on the feet and

    into the wind. The target must be sufficiently close to launch such that turns are required to set up an approach and avoid over-flying the target. The target should be at least 100' below the launch point.

  • Explains proper strong wind landing procedures and how to keep from being dragged back.

  • Explains correct canopy maintenance.

  • Explains how to lengthen and shorten the flight path.

  • Explains the right of way traffic rules.

  • Explains the use of a speedbar/accelerating system.

  • Demonstrates reserve deployment while hanging in a harness in simulated

    turbulence or malfunction conditions.

  • Gives a thorough verbal demonstration of knowledge of how to:

  • Maintain directional control during and correct for an asymmetric wing fold of 25% of the wing span. 

  • Fly at minimum sink while precluding any chance of in advertent stall or spin. 

  • Increase descent rate and/or forward speed. 

  • Demonstrates proper and effective PLF technique.

  • Must pass the USHPA Novice Paragliding written exam. 

  • Must agree to all the provisions of the USHPA standard waiver and assumption of risk agreement for the Novice rating and de- liver an original signed copy to the USHPA office. 

  • Acknowledges and understands the need to become familiar with site-specific restrictions and launch or landing access limits, consistent with preservation of flying privileges at a site. 


I Just want to try this out and have alot of fun. 

3 day Coastal Dune Course- Spring and Fall $1100

(all P2 students get this trip with their course package)

Just want to try you hand at paragliding and get your feet off the ground? Come join us for a 3 day dune intensive. 

- Learn to kite and control the paraglider

- Get first flights off a 50' sand dune

- Camp out, and meet other pilots

- If the winds blow us out in the afternoons, we love to take our crew out crabbing or on other adventure hikes.

- Days are long we start in the early morning and go till the sun comes down. 

- All equipment is provided, however for the dunes if you have your own helmet you are welcome to bring it out. 

- Please pack lots of water, and snacks, we will have room in our wagon to take small coolers and umbrellas out to the dune for you. 

All White Owl Students who complete the P2 program we consider lifetime students!
What does that mean?
- You will always be welcome to join us on local trips to other sites
- You will be a added to a student Telegram to be able to fly with others 
- You will receive Student discounts on all your first and all future paragliding/speedflying equipment. While we specialize in Swing paragliding equipment as a certified school we can help get you any manufacture of choice when it come to equipment. We pride ourself in selling/helping you get the gear you want. 
- Discount pricing on all international guided trips
- We will always be here to help you answer any questions you may have, and help you continue to grow you skill set

For Lessons please send is us an email or give us a call. For a quicker responce give us a call and leave us a message. We do not answer the phone when are out flying or teaching.

 Learning Season in Central Oregon is April-Oct, weather depending.

We do teach in other locations in the winter months, send us a note for more info



www.whiteowlpg.com   -   info@whiteowlpg.com   -   Po Box 1756, Bend OR 97709   -   541-640-0073