Becoming an Instructor
It’s way more than just a rating. It’s valuable tips and techniques that will help make you more effective. You will learn the best practices to help your students quickly learn, survive and thrive in this vulnerable time of their education.
Over the years a lot has been learned about what works and what doesn’t. This clinic will improve your instruction by sharing that wealth of information along with earning your instructor rating for those who qualify.
You’ll appreciate the course as much as your students will appreciate you having the knowledge.
USPPA Instructor & Tandem Training
Thank you for your interest in Instructor and Tandem Pilot Instruction. Tandem flights are considered "Instructional" by the FAA, and consequently require the Tandem pilot to be a certified Instructor first. Please look at this document for the Instructor requirements:
First step is to begin your Apprenticeship in preparation for the Instructor Clinic. This is a very important part of your training to become an Instructor since it gives you hands-on experience working with real PPG students. This usually done with your local USPPA Instructor, you'll need at least 20 hours working with them to satisfy those requirements.
You will also need to be able to present all topics necessary to satisfy the USPPA Syllabus for Instructor. We have assembled a list of these topics which is shown at the bottom of this page.
Basically, the Instructor Clinic is where you come demonstrate that you have learned to teach. We evaluate your ability to present and execute PPG Training according to the USPPA Suyllabus. One of the best tools an instructor trainee can have is Jeff Goin's book: Paraglider & Paramotor Instructor
Once you are ready, you may attend an Instructor Clinic presented by an Instructor Administrator. I do a couple of these each year, usually one at the Salton Sea Gathering of PPG Pilots in February, and often again at the Endless Foot Drag in Kansas in June. Look on the left navbar to see the next clinic we are planning.
Read through the pages linked below to learn more about the progression towards yout Tandem Pilot rating. If you have more questions, please feel free to ask.
Thank you for helping improve the standard of quality training in our sport!
USPPA Instructor & Tandem Ratings
PPG Instructor Experience and Minimums:
Ground School Subjects:
Here are the Ground School Subjects that Instructor attendees will be expected to present:
Short video by Ben Muir after our last Instructor's Clinic at the Salton Sea:
Another video shared by one of our recent graduates, Nik Rasheta: