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Thermal Training

Do you have your initial license (semi-autonomous pilot) and do you want to gain thermal experience quickly? Have you been flying for a few years, but do you still loste the thermal? Do you often have the feeling that others are rising up, but you are dropping out in the same spot? This can be solved quickly with some good coaching. Join our thermal trainings. We improve your climbing technique based on coaching, debriefing, theoretical background, track logs and observations. You will learn that thermal flying is much more than waiting for your vario to beep and making circles until you find the core. Together we learn to read the landscape, the wind and read the clouds. And automate your technique so your brain is ready for all that information.

Since this training is extremely weather dependent, the location can only be decided a few days in advance. So it is quite possible that we have to camp or at the moment we have to find a place to sleep ourselves. The preference is for the French Alps.

Topics that will be covered

  • Turning techniques in thermal bubbles.
  • Where does the thermal bubble come loose?
  • Endurance: psychological and physical.
  • How to adjust the steering position in turbulent conditions.
  • Meteo forecast, evolution and impact.
  • Brush up on descend techniques. 

We decide 3 days before departure, where in a radius of 1200km are the best conditions to fly thermals, then we drive there in group. If the conditions get worse, we will leave for the next location. We make it an intense, educational and fun week for all pilots who want to make rapid progress. The goal is to fly safely for as long as possible.
Have you already completed a thermal training? Have you already obtained your XC pilot license? Do you lose less than 10% of your thermals? Then join the XC training, or Club XC and break your personal distance records thanks to the same intense guidance.

For whom?

  • At least initial certification (Semi-Autonomous) or a higher certification
  • Being a member of Club Airsport
  • Being a member and a full BVVF insurance
  • Have your own material


Where it is good at the given moment. We draw an imaginary circle of 1200 km around Mechelen and look for the best place for thermal flights and that’s where we will go. If the weather changes and there is a better place within a driving distance, we will move to a different location.


€ 625 for 6 days, € 560 for pilots who fly with a wing bought from the Paraglidingshop.


Paragliding Insurance

Mandatory. All participants must be members of the BVVF with insurance. Only the paragliding insurance through Aviabel BVVF is valid.

Travel Assistance Insurance

Highly Recommended. Insurance in case you have an accident with paragliding, are in need of medical assistance, and need to be repatriated back home. This is not included in the paragliding insurance. Travel assistance insurance with Europ-Assistance starts at €18.

Cancellation Insurance

Highly Recommended. If you need to cancel the training, for any reason (health reasons, major life events, etc.), you can easily reclaim your registration fee from the insurance company in the event of cancellation on your part. The best formula can be found at Europ-Assistance and can be combined with the above travel assistance.
Cancellation insurance with Europ-Assistance starts at €15.


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