Solo lessons - Tandem flights - Equipment sales
Located 1 hour from Brisbane, Gold Coast and major airports
World class novice friendly flying sites from 1500 - 2000ft high!
Winter and Summer training
SAFA approved flight training facility
Recommended by pilots
Beginners to Advanced. All equipment supplied. Introductions, licence courses, advanced pilot training and endorsements.
Experience the thrill of paragliding in a glider built for two and fly from one of our high mountain sites in the Scenic Rim
About Paratech Paragliding
Paratech are based at Canungra in the spectacular Gold Coast Hinterland less than 1 hour from the Brisbane CBD and International airports in Queensland Australia.
We have access to several large flying sites suitable for most wind directions and between 1500-2000ft in height. They are all novice friendly grass launches with large landing areas and flyable for 12 months of the year.
Paratech are one of only a few schools that teach throughout the winter months with great success, while most coastal schools and schools in the Southern states are forced to close due to a lack of suitable flying weather. Queenslands traditionally dry winters provide excellent flying, and we strongly recommend beginning your training from autumn through to spring to avoid the summertime heat, humidity and strong thermals.
We teach inland on grass covered flying sites and not on hot, sandy windblown beaches. Sand and salt is hard on paragliding equipment and gets EVERYWHERE!!
Once onsite we provide transport to our local training hills and up to our mountain launch sites. All training and flying takes place within 45min of Canungra, so there are no long drives or overnight stays in remote locations. We have a dedicated air conditioned classroom with a toilet and kitchen facilities.
We work with only with small groups of new students each day (max 6), which allows us to move faster through the early training stages and take advantage of any small weather opportunities when flying from our high mountain sites. It is simply not possible for students at any training facility to fly simultaneously for the obvious safety reasons, and the fact that it is rarely 'flyable all day' for beginners. A large group might be a fun social environment, but if you want a more personalised experience and more actual flying....it's what we are selling.
If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram, you will see we are an active school, constantly teaching new students how to fly at some of Australia's premier flying sites while integrating them into the local club as part of our comprehensive training packages. Our students all learn 'hands on' from day 1 at a wide variety of training hills and real flying sites to give them the best possible start into the sport.
All modern equipment is included in the cost with no pressure to buy any equipment until you feel ready. We also provide transport from the landing paddocks to the launch areas once onsite.
Our local flying club has over 150 active members (male & female) including recreational, advanced and international competition pilots and a large number of volunteer Safety Officers who are required to be onsite when new PG2 pilots go flying.
Paratech's Chief Flight Instructor, Jason Turner, has over 30 years flying experience in paragliders, hang gliders, sailplanes, ultralights and more recently...skydiving. Jason's story was recently featured on Channel 9's popular lifestyle program "My Way" and can be seen here.
Jason is well known for his calm, comprehensive and adaptive teaching methods with a high regard for student safety. He is still a formidable and well respected pilot with recent podium finishes in competitions, several long distance flight records and has much more to offer our students than most entry level instructors thanks to his extensive and proven flying background.
7500+ flying hours
3000+ Tandem Flights
1st Place Sports and Fun Class 2023 New Zealand Nationals
Overall winner 2018 XC Camp Manilla
Top 3 Overall Australian National Ladder 2013
Dual Sports Class XC record holder - 365km (view flight)
Canungra HG & PG Club Safety Officer
SAFA Chief Flight Instructor with 25 years teaching experience
Flying full time since 1991
"Teaching people to fly must be one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet. From the training hill to soaring high above the mountains, I get to share in the celebration and pure joy of each students first flights as if it was my own." - Jason Turner
Paratech Team Members
Level 2 Instructor
Level 1 Instructor
Level 2 Instructor
Paragliding is not a new or radical sport. It's origins go back over 40 years and today's pilots have all been trained by professional instructors, have a paragliding licence and fly factory built and tested aircraft.
Once you have learned the basics and obtained your licence there are a lot of different ways you can enjoy flying a paraglider. From coastal ridge soaring in smooth laminar air to riding strong thermals up thousands of feet to the clouds and then gliding cross country for a few kilometers or even hundred's of kilometers. The current World Record is 615km in a single flight!
You might like to try and "hike and fly" where you have ultralight equipment which allows you to walk up a mountain to fly back down or even travel cross country while camping out up high under the stars overnight. A modern full kit including a helmet, harness and reserve parachute can weigh only 12kg and ultralight kits can weigh less than 5kg! Other options include acrobatic flight, speed flying down steep terrain and paramotoring.
Whatever your choice, once licenced you are free to travel the World with just a glider on your back, a few clothes and your passport ready for the adventure of a lifetime!