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To fly a Hang Glider or a Paraglider you take lessons. There is no "grabbing one and go". There are plenty of good schools and instructors, to which you will find links on this web site. From these lessons you will not only learn how to begin to fly, and some theory of flight, but you will learn about where and when to go to fly. You will also meet other pilots, both beginners like yourself, and more experienced. Amongst these people, you may very well be meeting new and long lasting friends.

It is also vital to understand that HPAC insurance covers third party liability for Students and Tandem Students only while under instruction from HPAC Certified Schools and instructors.

As a student, you need to know that someone who is projecting themselves as an instructor actually is one.

As an instructor, it is vital that you are properly rated, both to ensure that you know what you are doing, and to ensure that you and your students will be covered by the HPAC insurance policy.

Certified Instructors

The Instructors listed below are all current within the HPAC database for the following criteria:-

  • Membership of HPAC/ACVL
  • Successful completion of an Instructor Seminar within the last 3 years (plus the 6 month "grace period" if granted by the Board of Directors)
  • First Aid certificate

The "Name" column below is intended for use on HG/PG school web sites as an easy way for prospective students to verify the qualifications of an instructor mentioned on that site. Webmasters should copy the appropriate link code and apply it to the instructors' names on their site.

This list is limited to the province(s) selected.

Name & School AfiliationLocationContactHG RatingsPG RatingsFirst Aid Certificate ExpiryMembership ExpiryHG Instructor Certification ExpiryPG Instructor Certification ExpiryHAGAR #
Kevin Ault

NOT CURRENT
Cultus Lake, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-05-08 2016-07-07   2019-05-13 5802-409575
Andrew Berkley
Vancouver, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2019-03-13 2016-10-09   2018-05-05 5802-506593
Jayson Biggins
Vancouver Island Paragliding
Salt Spring Island, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Senior Instructor,
Tandem 2
2017-04-18 2017-07-03   2018-05-10 5802-793306
Richard Bruneau
Coldstream, BC log in for email link   4 Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-07-17 2017-07-25   2018-04-04 5802-512005
Paul Bunten
Pemberton, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-07-04 2017-05-08   2017-04-26 5802-506304
Tomasz Chromy
Vancouver, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-08-16 2017-09-19   2017-05-03 AA326563
Jason Chychul
Lumby, BC log in for email link 1 Beginner 4 Advanced,
Instructor
2019-04-28 2017-10-02   2018-04-18 5802-426474
Thomas Clark
Deimos Paragliding Flight School
Surrey, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-05-19 2017-06-28   2018-04-26 5802-790854
Alastair Collis
Alpine Airsports Ltd
Whistler, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2016-11-19 2017-04-07   2018-06-10 5802-793257
Herminio Cordido
North Vancouver, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-07-03 2017-06-14   2017-12-01 5802-509120
Name & School AfiliationLocationContactHG RatingsPG RatingsFirst Aid Certificate ExpiryMembership ExpiryHG Instructor Certification ExpiryPG Instructor Certification ExpiryHAGAR #
Chris Delworth
Revelstoke, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2016-11-26 2016-11-06   2017-01-20 5802-506097
Glenn Derouin
Paraglide Canada
Coldstream, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Senior Instructor,
Tandem 2
2017-03-20 2017-04-14   2018-04-26 5802-787745
Terri Dyke
Lumby, BC log in for email link 4,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
  2017-01-17 2016-10-26 2019-05-16   5802-408512
Max Fanderl
Invermere, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Senior Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-08-06 2017-01-03   2019-03-23 5802-425045
Bill Goglin
Horsefly, BC log in for email link   4 Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-05-01 2017-04-17   2018-05-05 5802-508903
Rick Heatley
Vancouver Island Paragliding
Victoria, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-02-28 2017-01-02   2018-05-10 5802-501293
Don Herres
Freedom Flying School
Vernon, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-05-05 2016-10-14   2017-09-05 5802-397750
Guy Herrington
Sea to Sky Paragliding
Pemberton, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-06-19 2017-07-05   2017-05-03 5802-324919
Kevin Hyllestad
Revelstoke, BC log in for email link   4 Advanced,
Instructor
2019-09-08 2016-11-25   2019-05-13 5802-512617
Peyman Imani
Vancouver, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-05-19 2017-05-07   2018-05-05 5802-504576
Name & School AfiliationLocationContactHG RatingsPG RatingsFirst Aid Certificate ExpiryMembership ExpiryHG Instructor Certification ExpiryPG Instructor Certification ExpiryHAGAR #
Amir Izadi
Blue Thermal Paragliding
Victoria, BC log in for email link   Master,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-06-21 2017-06-01   2018-05-10 5802-795082
Ian Johnston
West Coast Soaring Club
NOT CURRENT
Richmond, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-04-30 2016-04-29   2016-05-05 5802-790859
Joaquin Klein

NOT CURRENT
Ymir, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-11-09 2016-05-05   2018-05-10 5802-799171
Derek Kovacic
Agassiz, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-11-07 2017-07-30   2019-05-13 5802-797563
Andrei Kravchenko
Agassiz , BC log in for email link   4 Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-03-14 2017-04-10   2019-05-13 5802-505757
Martina Lang
Jet Set Paragliding
Chilliwack, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-02-01 2017-07-23   2018-05-05 5802-797096
Emmanuel Lavoie

NOT CURRENT
Vancouver, BC log in for email link   4 Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2016-08-20 2017-03-20   2017-08-24 5802-510206
Jason Leus
Acrophobia Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club
Ymir, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-11-09 2017-07-05   2018-05-10 5802-799004
Henry Levesque
Nanaimo, BC log in for email link   Intermediate,
Instructor
2017-01-04 2017-09-12   2018-05-03 5802-510225
Cameron MacKenzie
North Vancouver, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-08-18 2017-05-02   2017-08-02 A125778
Name & School AfiliationLocationContactHG RatingsPG RatingsFirst Aid Certificate ExpiryMembership ExpiryHG Instructor Certification ExpiryPG Instructor Certification ExpiryHAGAR #
Peter MacLaren

recertification grace period
Golden, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2019-03-01 2017-06-30   2016-05-12 5802-786360
Jimmy Marois
Victoria, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-05-06 2017-07-30   2017-05-11 5802-912215
Timmy Middlemiss
Golden, BC log in for email link Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
  2017-04-23 2017-03-28 2017-03-23 2014-04-03 pending PG rating 5802-477118
Fedja Mulabdic
North Vancouver, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-06-26 2017-06-04   2017-05-03 5802-796802
Jeff Muldoon
Nelson, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-07-25 2017-09-03   2019-05-13 5802-501782
Bradley J. Murphy
Revelstoke, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-07-10 2017-08-22   2016-11-05 5802-797554
Luke Myers
Squamish, BC log in for email link   4 Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-04-05 2017-02-12   2017-05-03 5802-511513
Ralph Nelson
Queen Charlotte City, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-04-15 2017-05-17   2017-04-26 5802-263701
Jim Orava
Cayoosh Expeditions
Mt. Currie, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 2
2017-08-13 2017-06-01   2018-06-10 5802-793277
Chris Popielarz
Revelstoke , BC log in for email link   4 Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-08-23 2016-11-16   2017-05-03 CPL(H) 797251
Name & School AfiliationLocationContactHG RatingsPG RatingsFirst Aid Certificate ExpiryMembership ExpiryHG Instructor Certification ExpiryPG Instructor Certification ExpiryHAGAR #
Randy Rauck
Freedom Flying School
Lumby, BC log in for email link Master,
Instructor
  2017-04-22 2017-07-20 2019-05-16   PA259226
Jim Reich
FlyBC Airsports Paragliding
Vancouver, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Senior Instructor,
Tandem 2
2018-05-19 2017-05-20   2019-06-12 P252637
Willy Rens
Clearwater, BC log in for email link   4 Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2019-07-02 2017-06-10   2019-05-13 5802-514120
Edmond Rivere
Paraglide Canada
Kelowna, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-01-26 2017-06-30   2017-04-26 5802-786356
Michael Roberts
gibsons, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-06-30 2017-09-13   2018-06-15 5802-786607
Denis Roumiantsev
Burnaby, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-03-12 2016-10-03   2018-05-05 5802-502205
Antonina Roumiantseva
Burnaby, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-07-22 2017-07-22   2018-05-05 5802-504909
Yassen Savov
North Vancouver, BC log in for email link   4 Advanced,
Instructor
2019-06-24 2017-06-17   2019-05-13 5802-514103
Corinne Stoltz
Cayoosh Expeditions
Mt. Currie, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-08-13 2017-05-04   2019-05-13 5802-793255
Al Thielmann
Mission, BC log in for email link   4 Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-04-08 2017-06-08   2018-05-05 5802-510145
Name & School AfiliationLocationContactHG RatingsPG RatingsFirst Aid Certificate ExpiryMembership ExpiryHG Instructor Certification ExpiryPG Instructor Certification ExpiryHAGAR #
Hugo Tschurtschenthaler
Golden, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2018-05-06 2017-07-28   2017-05-03 5802-471974
David Underwood
Freedom Flying School
Saanich, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-09-19 2017-07-15   2017-09-07 5802-798820
Dion Vuk
iparaglide.com
Delta, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Senior Instructor,
Tandem 1
2019-04-16 2016-10-31   2018-05-03 5802-788731
Scott Watwood
Golden, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor,
Tandem 1
2017-02-28 2017-05-03   2019-03-18 5802-376503
Brett Yeates

NOT CURRENT
Cranbrook, BC log in for email link   Advanced,
Instructor
2016-04-14 2017-07-27   2016-05-05 5802-506182

49 current instructor(s), 55 listed.

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