At Parapente we have been teaching people to fly since 1987, being one of the oldest established hill launch schools in The Derbyshire Peak District.

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Our school is located in Newmills, Derbyshire. (Only 30mins from Manchester, 1 hour from Liverpool, 1 1/2hours from Birmingham, 30mins from Stoke-on-Trent, 45mins from Nottingham, 45mins from Chesterfield, 40mins from Sheffield and 20mins from Macclesfield.) The friendly atmosphere and excellent teaching means you will enjoy fulfilling your dream of learning to fly.

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You will begin your course by being shown what a paraglider is and how it works. This will be combined with an introduction to the complexities of meteorology and air movement so that you know when and where to fly. Then it's off to the hills for the practical airborne sessions. Teaching is progressive, learning how to control the paraglider on the ground before moving on to low level 'hops'. Only when these skills have been mastered will you move further up the hill to make higher and longer flights. You will fly with a radio so that your instructor can coach you, ensuring that you progress safely. Starting from straightforward downhill flights, you can soon move on to soaring above a ridge using the prevailing wind, then progress to thermal flying and travelling cross country. We will teach you - it's as simple as that!

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Paragliding Instructors


Paul Allmark

Chief Flying Instructor

Paul is one of the most experienced instructors in Britain and has been teaching people to fly since 1986. He is a skilled hang glider and paraglider pilot with a couple of thousand hours under his belt. He also holds a Private Pilots licence. He has competed internationally as a member of the British Team. Paul is a patient and thorough instructor and is easy to get on with; he will assess your needs and train you to the level you choose for yourself. Paul's favorite trick after a hard day teaching is to take off at the bottom landing field and fly back up to the top. It beats walking!


Jim Green


Jim has been flying for 42 years. He has experience in all the foot launched disciplines and has competed in many competitions. At one time Jim was a member of the Royal Navy and currently he is in the photography business. He has great character and strength and is very easy to get along with.