David C. Isle of Man
4.0 star rating 25/4/2015
In a word....Fantastic!....my flying skills have really improved since using Manx Paragliding Schools advice. The only reason I could not give them a 5 star is that I trained elsewhere 3 years ago and this was before they established the business. Give them a try you won't be disappointed.
“A very professional instructor”
[5 of 5 stars] Steve T.
Reviewed 18 April 2015
I learned to fly with Noel and it was one of the best decisions I ever made...
Noel is a patient, very experienced and very thorough instructor - having completed the first two courses with him I went back to his school to get some flying experience in a safe, nurturing environment and, once I spread my wing (pun intended) at other sites not under supervision, I was so pleased that I had such a good grounding in the sport. I cannot recommend him highly enough! Visited January 2015
About Manx ParaglidingThe school teaches on various hills on the
island all year round. Run by Noel Humphreys the Chief Flying Instructor, a British Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) Senior Paragliding Instructor.
Noel has been a BHPA instructor since 1985 and is held in high regard with both the BHPA and the local Manx Paragliding Club .
Representing the UK and the IOM in National and International flying competitions up to World Championship level he has been selected on more than one occasion to fly with the British Team.
Training is in small groups, often on a one to one basis, Noel believes in thorough systematic training and taking no short cuts. Offering this personal level of service provides the opportunity to produce competent effective and confident paraglider pilots who will enjoy their flying for years to come.
Imagine parking your car at a beautiful upland vantage point on a bright spring day. You open the boot of your car and don flying suit and boots, then lift out your incredibly light flying machine in its carrying rucksack and trek off a few yards to where your friends are preparing to fly.
After a few minutes spent preparing your flying equipment, you put on your helmet and harness, look around, allow the wind to fill your wing and launch off into space. This is paragliding!
Developed from parachuting canopies, modern paragliders can be soared effortlessly on windward slopes, and flown across country in suitable conditions.
In the UK paragliding is a thriving sport. Shops run by enthusiasts sell high quality equipment, and the country-wide network of BHPA recreational clubs offers literally hundreds of flying sites and a supportive flying and social environment.
It's the same freedom that hang glider pilots enjoy, but a paraglider is more portable and a little easier to learn to fly. They can't fly in such strong winds as hang gliders, but are easier to land in small fields.
The above is an excerpt from our National Associations website. Click HERE to go the BHPA website for more info.