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High Adventure prides itself on being able to offer students in-depth training and instruction under the supervision of highly skilled and accomplished pilots.

We have access to over 12 flying sites. This advantage means that there is rarely a wind direction that we cannot fly in. In addition to our extensive sites, we offer winch towing. This means in nil wind we can still train and ensure that you get the most from your learning experience here at High Adventure.

Our school is based within 200mtrs of cafes, shops and the water. We offer onsite accommodation in self-contained units that are fully equipped and air-conditioned. You don’t need to bring anything but your clothes. Our students are our priority, and your training here at the school should be nothing short of an all round enjoyable experience.

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INSTRUCTORS WHO EXCEL
PRODUCE PILOTS WHO EXCEED

CHIEF FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR BEHIND HIGH ADVENTURE:

–  Australian Paramotor Champion 2016
– Winner of the 2016 Icarus Trophy Paramotoring Race
– Australian Paramotoring Champion 2015
– Winner of the 2015 Icarus Trophy Paramotoring Race
– Member of the Australian Paragliding Team competing in Bulgaria 2013
– Selected for the 2014 Australian Paragliding Team (unable to compete)
– National Sports Class Champion 2014
– National Sports Class Champion 2013
– Bright Open Sports Class Winner 2014
– Canungra Cup Sports Class Winner 2013
– USA Nationals 2012 Sports Class Winner (Rat Race USA)

SOME OF THE TRAINING ON OFFER AT HIGH ADVENTURE

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BECOME A PARAGLIDING PILOT

Learn to Paraglide in 8 days. Thermic, Coastal and Inland.

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BECOME A PARAMOTOR PILOT

Learn to Paramotor in 14 days.

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WHEELBASE + TRIKE TRAINING

4 day Endorsements or 14 days full paramotor licence

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SKYDIVING CONVERSION

Easily convert over to paragliding in 4 days

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REFRESHER COURSES

Need some confidence boosting instruction.

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BALI ADVANCED TOUR

Advanced Tour to Bali 2017 held in Candi Dasa

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LEARN TO PARAGLIDE BALI

HGFA + APPI Paragliding Licence training in Bali

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ONSITE ACCOMMODATION

5 units self-contained w/ kitchen, bathroom

FREE 2 DAY INTRO COURSE

Not sure if you want to commit to the full course just yet, don’t stress, the FREE 2 Day Intro course is made just for you! 

Free Progressions

Progress through your HGFA qualifications for no charge. We do not charge for skills assessment, overseeing your exams + lodgement of application.

Pay in Instalments

We make it easier to afford and book your course by allowing you to reserve your booking with an easy down payment while continuing to pay it off in instalments.

Free Ongoing Upskill Courses

Throughout the year we hold Refresher Weekends, Skill Development Clinics, Intro to XC courses and Equipment Checks – all at no charge to you.

Free Retakes

“Free Retakes” means you can come back any time you want to freshen up on your skill set, get some tips, boost your confident with launching, landing or just go over the basics. Anytime.

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If for any reason you are not completely taken with Paragliding in the first 2 days, we will refund 100% of your course fee.

Learn on Inland Thermic + Coastal Air

Why settle for learning on 1 mountain? We teach from all slope, terrain and wind directions. Up to 12 different slopes + Winch Launch options. Take home the skills to fly your sites – not just ours!
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Wow! Check this out! 
Quality and light weight. The lightest paramotor on the market without any sacrifices.
This is going to be a game changer.

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Ashley CloughFor skinny blokes!

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Scotty Skymec DuncanWow cool machine, a light weight machine from nivarna would be sick 🙂 is the 16kg ready to fly weight or is that the weight without harness? Also whats the approximate thrust of the machine?

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Michael SonnemanBrett Smith.. your up !

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Lance N Boin GoodmanHow much?

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Brett SmithNice

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Brendan PlayerThe leg straps look super comfy 😨 nice machine tho 🙂

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Phil SearleI had a look at it yesterday wow it is good even it's slightly heavier brother 22kg is great on the back.

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Phil SearleEven comes with its own drink

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Tony WilsonNice looking bit of gear colour scheme looks good. Is the price just as good???

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Danny SkainesGlen Docherty check out this bad boiii

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MY OPINION: Funding for World PG & HG Championships

Paragliding, Paramotoring, Hang Gliding…the list is endless..are all individual sports, and we don’t often give much thought to the fact that they are essentially built around a community and in essence a team.

Nothing is more crucial in a sport like ours than accepting that the influence we have as a team of individual pilots on our co-pilots has a significant effect on the performance and future of this Federation.

We also have to stop and think about the critical effects that a nationally recognized “team” of the highest skilled pilots we have in the country can have on the performance of the individual members.

What I support – is supporting other pilots. I imagine the teams produced a well-executed funding proposal, a commitment to passionately promoting the sport and above all, and the undeniable – they have the proven skill to represent our sports on an International level.

What I’m not about to do is vilify a group of exceptional pilots whose merits were rewarded by way of funding from a board that we elected. What I will stand up and say is, that there is an overall lack of transparency between the board and its members and a very evident issue of a lack of cohesion within the community that has done nothing but exacerbates the situation.

The federation does not have a robust marketing team behind it who can advise on where and how to campaign to build such a niche sport. It has a board of volunteers who I genuinely believe had the best interests of the sport at hand when they made the decision. I’m sure they knew that there could be a retrospective fallout from some members but did the decision to help support the pilots compete on an international level and their decision at the time outweighed this. And should they have won, would our genuine shock at the sum they were funded have been so great? Or would we be patting the pilots on the back rather than asking them to pay this funding back as has been suggested?

On a personal note, I too requested funding to participate in an FAI rated paramotor competition in May, but was declined and didn’t even bother with a request for the comp I did last month. Was this the right thing for the board to do, no way. Would I have appreciated some financial help – you bet. Lend your mind for a minute to imagining the excess baggage and flight stress travelling with 40kg of paramotoring equipment alone can cause, even getting a paramotor accepted through an airline causes weeks of stress. But, I ask myself, did my one paragraph request show why I was deserved of the funding, probably not. Does the current board and committee have the same passion for paramotoring as they do paragliding – I'm not sure. But I know without a doubt, that my funding request would never have come close to what I assume the pilots going to the Worlds put forward to the Board and committee.

The big picture here is that a more collaborative approach to deciding where funding is spent has been brought into the spotlight.

I’m not going to condemn the HGFA Board and Committee for what I believe was a funding decision made at the time in what was the best interests of the sport and just getting behind people who are excelling. I believe the intent was an expression of the Federations values of supporting the sport and a way to humanise the way the Federation operates.

We’re all wondering where our Fees are going, but let’s not get stuck on this. Let’s move forward. Let's come up with ideas where we can hopefully support teams, individuals and members. It’s time to own that you get out what you put in. I say this as a member. That we need to have a broader conversation about where we can use whatever money is in the appropriate kitty to keep the members of this federation passionate, skilled and supported.

I don’t have the answers for how this should be done, but I’m certainly keen to make it evident that my interest lies in supporting the sport, the pilots and being proud that Australia produces some of the worlds best and that this may mean supporting something controversial – like funding them to compete at the Worlds with the backing and support of the members.

Cheers Dave
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Ab HusseiniHi Dave, do you know that an Air Conception Nitro200 is only 20.5kgs? It could help lighten the load a bit. 😉

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Michael LongHey Dave... whilst I totally agree in furthering the sport etc - I do not believe that members funds should be allocated to any costs relating to comps etc... comp flying from what i have observed, represents a VERY small sector of our member base - most member instead being recreational pilots who do not wish to compete... and i raise the issue that a pilots individual desire to compete is THEIR chosen path... as such funding trips etc is a commitment they should carry without member funding... just as recreational pilots must bear the full cost of their chosen trips to enjoy the sport as THEY have chosen to... it is no different from a funding perspective for either pilot - just that one chooses rec flying the other comp! If funding is provided for comp pilots to fly overseas then the arguement could be tabled that recreational pilots should also be entitled to funding to pay for their expenses to go fly overseas as well. Just my personal opinion mate...

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This all feels a little like some ego driven political campaigning. But trust me, there is no ego involved.

The HGFA Board is up for nomination. It's time for a change. If you know me, you've been a student of mine or you're generally interested in Paragliding, paramotoring and all the sports that fall under the HGFA, then you will have observed over the years my dedication to the Sport.

So here is my application for nomination.

I'd really like your vote, so please, ask me anything. I'm still in Fitzroy Crossing with the guy's paramotoring so will do my best to get back to you in a speedy fashion.

To vote: An election email would have landed in your inbox this afternoon. My link is specific to me, so you will need to find the email from the HGFA. Will only take a second! You need your HGFA number to vote. Your link is unique to you.

Cheers David Wainwright

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Dear Board and Members of the HGFA Committee,

It was my intention to put my own nomination forward for a position, so thank you for forwarding Noah's nomination to me. Thank you, Noah, for the nomination, very appreciated.

I'm the owner of High Adventure Paragliding School based on the Mid North Coast which I bought from Lee Scott in 2012 and continued my training to CFI under Lee, Chris Rogers and in part Andrew Polidano and Tony Bardon.

I have always been active in the paragliding competition scene in Australia, having represented Australia as part of the Paragliding Team at the worlds in 2013 and selected again in 2014 where I was unable to compete due to work commitments. Work can often conflict with being as involved as I once was in the competition scene, such as being part of the Australian Coaching Squad and mentoring, but I'll attend any competition I can that is not in conflict with something I'm unable to manage to move and offer my knowledge and experience to everyone and anyone I can.

My interests have now also very much broadened to include the Paramotoring competition aspect and skill development. There is a lot of interest in paramotoring and in its been a very swift change for our business. On a personal level, both myself and Scott Duncan have taken over from Brett Coupland in the past couple of years to organise the Australian Paramotoring Championships. We also try and run at least 3 free coaching clinics each year to get people motivated about the sport, keep and develop critical skills and importantly keep a community of pilots active. We are also coming into our second year of hosting the X-Series which a global franchise of the USA based Icarus Trophy. The X-Series is a cross country paramotoring distance race. It's positioned as a safe adventure race that is suitable for most levels and experienced paramotoring pilots. This is a not for profit event and runs for the interest of the paramotoring community.

Our major contribution and obviously the most significant is by way of a teaching school. No one leaves our school feeling the door is not open at any time, in any course without any cost. We focus intensively on training and safety. A student is a student with us for as long as they require.

In June this year, we finally took our plan to teach paramotoring in WA to the road. The first course in Perth and Second in Broome. The interest in paramotoring in WA is extensive, the cost of travelling to the East coast can be prohibitive, so we took the teaching to WA as a trial to see how it would work. While we haven't yet wrapped up the Broome leg, the general consensus is that what it didn't generate in income, it certainly generated in interest for another trial in 6 months.

The rapid and fairly sudden spike in interest in Paramotoring can be attributed to the HGFA changing the operations manual to allow Schools like mine to adapt the teaching to suit the student and the desired licence outcome. Training in WA would not have been possible without this instrumental change.

It's important going forward to know and help express the unique and driving ambition behind the HGFA, the sport and the future of Paragliding, Hang gliding and Paramotoring in Australia. I feel my position as a CFI, School and active pilot in both the PG and PPG community will help this.

I am a part of endless conversations about the HGFA, the culture and that there is an emerging feeling that the members feel captive to a Federation that is supposed to act in their best interest, yet they feel the vision of the Federation is not about them. I'd very much like to be a part of changing that.

Thank you for the opportunity forward my nomination for a National position on the HGFA Board.

Regards

David Wainwright

DAVID WAINWRIGHT (CHIEF FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR)

David Wainwright Owner and Chief Flight Instructor of High Adventure Paragliding
Australian Paramotor Champion 2016
Winner of the 2016 Icarus Trophy Paramotoring Race
Winner of the 2015 Icarus Trophy Paramotoring Race
2015 Australian Paramotoring Champion
Member of the Australian Paragliding Team competing in Bulgaria 2013
Selected for the 2014 Australian Paragliding Team (unable to compete)
National Sports Class Champion 2014
National Sports Class Champion 2013
Bright Open Sports Class Winner 2014
Canungra Cup Sports Class Winner 2013
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This all feels a little like some ego driven political campaigning. But trust me, there is no ego involved. 

The HGFA Board is up for nomination. Its time for a change. If you know me, youve been a student of mine or youre generally interested in Paragliding, paramotoring and all the sports that fall under the HGFA, then you will have observed over the years my dedication to the Sport. 

So here is my application for nomination. 

Id really like your vote, so please, ask me anything. Im still in Fitzroy Crossing with the guys paramotoring so will do my best to get back to you in a speedy fashion. 

To vote: An election email would have landed in your inbox this afternoon. My link is specific to me, so you will need to find the email from the HGFA. Will only take a second! You need your HGFA number to vote. Your link is unique to you. 

Cheers David Wainwright

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Dear Board and Members of the HGFA Committee, 

It was my intention to put my own nomination forward for a position, so thank you for forwarding Noahs nomination to me. Thank you, Noah, for the nomination, very appreciated.

Im the owner of High Adventure Paragliding School based on the Mid North Coast which I bought from Lee Scott in 2012 and continued my training to CFI under Lee, Chris Rogers and in part Andrew Polidano and Tony Bardon.

I have always been active in the paragliding competition scene in Australia, having represented Australia as part of the Paragliding Team at the worlds in 2013 and selected again in 2014 where I was unable to compete due to work commitments. Work can often conflict with being as involved as I once was in the competition scene, such as being part of the Australian Coaching Squad and mentoring, but Ill attend any competition I can that is not in conflict with something Im unable to manage to move and offer my knowledge and experience to everyone and anyone I can.

My interests have now also very much broadened to include the Paramotoring competition aspect and skill development. There is a lot of interest in paramotoring and in its been a very swift change for our business. On a personal level, both myself and Scott Duncan have taken over from Brett Coupland in the past couple of years to organise the Australian Paramotoring Championships. We also try and run at least 3 free coaching clinics each year to get people motivated about the sport, keep and develop critical skills and importantly keep a community of pilots active. We are also coming into our second year of hosting the X-Series which a global franchise of the USA based Icarus Trophy. The X-Series is a cross country paramotoring distance race. Its positioned as a safe adventure race that is suitable for most levels and experienced paramotoring pilots. This is a not for profit event and runs for the interest of the paramotoring community. 

Our major contribution and obviously the most significant is by way of a teaching school.  No one leaves our school feeling the door is not open at any time, in any course without any cost. We focus intensively on training and safety. A student is a student with us for as long as they require. 

In June this year, we finally took our plan to teach paramotoring in WA to the road. The first course in Perth and Second in Broome. The interest in paramotoring in WA is extensive, the cost of travelling to the East coast can be prohibitive, so we took the teaching to WA as a trial to see how it would work. While we havent yet wrapped up the Broome leg, the general consensus is that what it didnt generate in income, it certainly generated in interest for another trial in 6 months. 

The rapid and fairly sudden spike in interest in Paramotoring can be attributed to the HGFA changing the operations manual to allow Schools like mine to adapt the teaching to suit the student and the desired licence outcome. Training in WA would not have been possible without this instrumental change. 

Its important going forward to know and help express the unique and driving ambition behind the HGFA, the sport and the future of Paragliding, Hang gliding and Paramotoring in Australia. I feel my position as a CFI, School and active pilot in both the PG and PPG community will help this. 

I am a part of endless conversations about the HGFA, the culture and that there is an emerging feeling that the members feel captive to a Federation that is supposed to act in their best interest, yet they feel the vision of the Federation is not about them. Id very much like to be a part of changing that. 

Thank you for the opportunity forward my nomination for a National position on the HGFA Board.

Regards

David Wainwright

DAVID WAINWRIGHT (CHIEF FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR)

David Wainwright Owner and Chief Flight Instructor of High Adventure Paragliding
Australian Paramotor Champion 2016
Winner of the 2016 Icarus Trophy Paramotoring Race
Winner of the 2015 Icarus Trophy Paramotoring Race
2015 Australian Paramotoring Champion
Member of the Australian Paragliding Team competing in Bulgaria 2013
Selected for the 2014 Australian Paragliding Team (unable to compete)
National Sports Class Champion 2014
National Sports Class Champion 2013
Bright Open Sports Class Winner 2014
Canungra Cup Sports Class Winner 2013

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Scott RyanHell yes!

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Andrew KalkmanGood luck mate

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Richard OakeyThe man for the job.

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Nicci DicksonWhere do I vote David?

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Peter BeamishHappy to support you David Wainwright

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Clare WattsGood luck dave, would love to vote for you if I'm able. Does the hgfa membership I got when starting my course with you qualify me for a vote? It's still current but not sure if student members can vote 😕

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Brad EarlLet us know where we vote and it's done mate, we need some change

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Mitch RappGot my vote...

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Josh CapleDoes my membership have to be current to vote?

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Toby Woodwardme too

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Kieran LenoI don't normally vote or get involved in political nonsense.... but this time I'll make an exception 😁 good luck pal!

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Chris MarshSomething wrong with the link. It says I have voted when I havent.

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Benjamin Peter MahonyDone

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Michael LongWill be voting No 1 David - good luck mate!

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Benred Bluey McJohnYes

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Aaron ChestermanVoted...good luck Dave

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Mark SaulMy vote is in and you got it and so did Peter

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Greg PriceSame Peter Beamish

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Vince KOI will renew my membership and Vote. You're the man!

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Tom RidgewayI like your recognition for a need to change the culture !

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Elliot SumnerI didn't get the email, not in my spam either.

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Christopher VonderwallYou are my number one Dave all the best for your nomination.

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Neil SchaeferThank you!

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Rick KirkDave, looks like people with trainee memberships can't vote and I'd dearly love to show my support. So if you can just sign me off I'll be glad to add my vote! 😁😁😁 Good luck with it. You'd be perfect to represent the sport!

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James GibbsYou have my vote Dave, as feel you run a very professional school & your enthusiasm for the sport shines through

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Andrew Millscant wait to see that footage

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Andrew KalkmanSpectacular footage of the outback guys, well done ✅

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Ab HusseiniThat would be a bit humid too!

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Brenden Blackfordbeautiful scenery! well done guys!

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Richard OakeyCharlie Bond like a boss!!

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Kieron ScottWhen are you guys next gonna be training in WA again? I'm giving some serious consideration to having a go at paramotoring.

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Ash ElsumSteph this is where we went

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Why we do things differently to other training facilities

We train on lots of sites

Why? because lets be honest, you’re never going to fly just one site out there on your own are you. More sites you fly the more experience. We offer coastal, inland, thermic and winch – over 8 sites. 

We Have Load's Of Experience

Dave and the team have taught hundreds and hundreds of students to fly in my years as a CFI. As a school we’ve focused on growing a strong community of pilots who are supportive, skilled and have an impeccable safety record. 

We Are Dynamic

 We’re leading the way in bringing new events to Australia for all level pilots. The continued development of both pilots and the sport is critical. Our ongoing free skills development weekends, the introduction of the Icarus X Series – we’re serious about your development. 

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Truth is – you’ll never be pushed into buying anything! Its just is not our style. 

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HGFA Approved and Insured Flight Training Facility providing Paragliding, Paramotoring and Wheelbase Trike Training.

Learn to Paraglide and Paramotor Courses, Advanced Skills Clinics and Tandem Flights by CFI David Wainwright in Port Macquarie, Laurieton and Crescent Head on the Mid North Coast of NSW.

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