The SIV paragliding course in Annecy

Paragliding Annecy Alpes Stage Siv 03

The driving course (or SIV course) allows you to work on flight incident manoeuvres or advanced piloting in a setting designed for safety. This is an area above Lake Annecy with a boat and a safety waistcoat. It also ensures a safe landing if the pilot reaches the ground under his reserve parachute.

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Prerequisites :

Progression is adapted to each person's level and expectations. For your safety, you will be asked to validate certain paragliding piloting skills before taking part in certain manoeuvres. The instructor reserves the right not to tackle certain manoeuvres with the pilot if he does not feel that he has acquired sufficient skills.

The SIV course can be approached at very different levels. However, for organisational reasons, it is necessary to be autonomous in paragliding for take-off backsail and frontsail, as well as for landing. The level of initial pilot's licence is required.

On the programme:

The SIV /Pilotage course takes place over 2 or 3 days. Take-offs are at La Forclaz, and the landing area is on the edge of the Doussard reserve. Here are somehe following are examples of manoeuvres that can be covered during the course (depending on the level of each participant):

  • Pitch and roll
  • Dynamic bends
  • The 360° descent
  • Frontal and asymmetric collapses and their consequences (autorotation)
  • Wings and wings over
  • Avoidance manoeuvres
  • Dropouts at B
  • Stalls and backflips
  • Tendrils
  • SAT

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The meeting point is usually at 8 a.m., at the holiday centre. the Alerions, 5 minutes from the Grands Espaces school.Alerions

We begin with a briefing that includes safety instructions, exercises, a review of your experience and your expectations for the course, and a check that your reserve parachute has been extracted. The flying session follows as soon as the briefing is over.

At the end of the course, you can take your videos with you if you wish. (Bring a memory card or USB key).

The decision to maintain or cancel the course due to the weather forecast will be taken the evening before. There is no need to call the shop For further information, you will receive an e-mail at the address you gave when you registered at around 7pm.


You must bring your own flying equipment in good condition:

  • Paraglider approved to EN 926 and serviced in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. No CCC category, no aspect ratio greater than 7.
  • An EN 1651-approved harness with back protection (foam or airbag)
  • An EN 12491 approved rescue parachute, repacked within the year and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.
  • An EN 966 approved helmet
  • A radio that can be used on frequency 157.5875

Bring a buff-style choker to hold the headset in place if necessary, a pair of thin gloves and sunglasses. You should also bring a change of clothes, as there's a risk of landing in the lake! If you're missing anything, let us know when you register so that we can plan for it.

2024 SIV course prices - DRIVING

Rate per day/person   220€
Group rate per day/pers (from 6 to 8 people)   200€
Club rate (full group) per day   1 580€
Rescue parachute hire (/day)   30€
Radio rental (/day)   10 €


Cropped 320x240 B Samuel 22 1.jpgSam has already been with the team for 10 years!
He went through years of being more of a crossover pilot, then years of being more of an aerobatics pilot, interspersed with a few bivouac flights. In short, he enjoys all aspects of paragliding. He has taken part in the Roq'Acro, the Redbull Element, the Transdrômoise and other cross-country competitions.
As part of the Grands Espaces team, he is in charge of the 'piloting' courses, also known as SIV. His calm demeanour and ability to listen will put you at ease as you prepare for the exercises. Pragmatic and rigorous, he will help you to unlock the successive levels to reach your goal in complete safety.

FAQ paragliding courses SIV & Pilotage :

Every paraglider has to compulsory third-party insurance which covers any damage caused to others. As an EFVL-FFVL approved school, our students must also take out a licence, which includes this compulsory insurance. This insurance is valid throughout the calendar year, and is renewed in the autumn.



There are several options available to you, depending on how much you practice:

  • FFVL student insurance for 9 days : Ideal for your first paragliding course, you will only be covered in a FFVL-approved school. This insurance will not cover you if you wish to fly solo, i.e. outside a paragliding school. Days can be taken non-consecutively.
  • FFVL annual student insurance : affordable annual package, which only covers you when you are supervised by an FFVL structure. However, if you want to fly on your own during the year, you can top up your cover and take out annual "Flying" insurance.
  • FFVL "First-time licence holder" insurance The FFVL is offering you a special price for your very first annual licence. Obviously not renewable. You'll be insured all year round, for solo or supervised flights.
  • FFVL "Flying" insurance: This is the classic annual insurance for independent pilots.

Note: each time you take out a licence, you will need to choose a paragliding club to join. Take a paragliding club near you so you can play your part!

A driving course calls for calm and concentration, as it will take you out of your comfort zone... For greater peace of mind during briefings and debriefings, we have a room specially dedicated to SIV and Pilotage courses in the Alérions5 minutes from our paragliding school.


THE ALERIONS-> 496 route de Bluffy - 74290 Talloires

This is where we generally meet up at 8 a.m. (Park in the south car park, on the lake side, see photo). If the weather deteriorates in the afternoon, the meeting point will be brought forward to 7am.

Flights will depart exclusively from La ForclazA dedicated shuttle bus runs between the take-off/landing area and the centre. A shuttle dedicated to the course provides the link between the take-off/landing area and the centre.


Below is a list of accommodation close to our paragliding school in Talloires. The list is not exhaustive ... you can choose between campsites, hotels, gites, ...

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  • Because our school has been around since paragliding was first invented one of the first in France ! Unlike many summer venues, we are open all year round.
  • For our education tailor-made: that's our core business! Our courses cater for all levels: from beginners to experienced pilots, we organise tailored courses, staggered between March and November. Thanks to the expert advice of our experienced instructors, you'll be able to progress safely in your paragliding and continue to develop your skills in this incredibly exciting sport. To achieve your first autonomy, the early thermals. The first transitions, cross-countrySIV courseWe'll be there for you.
  • Because of our privileged geographical position: a magnificent training slope 800m above sea level, two take-off areas overlooking Lake Annecy, our training centre right opposite the landing area, gentle air conditions offering us good flight potential, the mystical beauty of the mountains, the proximity of nature, and above all because we have Gaël... (aka "Chaps").
  • We also offer the possibility of making tandem flights all year round. Paragliding is accessible to everyone! Our flying site offers an incredible view of Lake Annecy and the surrounding area... Even without fairy dust, you'll get an eyeful...
  • Our paragliding shop is one of the biggest TEST CENTER of France, and offers a wide choice of gliders and harnesses to equip you. Advance, Gin Glider, Sup'Air, Néo, Skywalk, Ozone, 777, Phi, Kortel and many others have placed their trust in us and have been our partners for many years.

Don't hesitate to take the plunge and join us for an unforgettable experience!

The price of your driving course includes :

  • supervision by 2 state-qualified instructors
  • the loan of a waistcoat and an earpiece
  • images and videos of your flight sessions (bring a USB or SD key to recover your images)
  • a boat for recovery
  • shuttle journeys

Your enrolment will only be confirmed after payment of a deposit. 100 deposit, Otherwise, you will be put on the waiting list and your place will not be guaranteed. This deposit will be refunded in full if the SIV course is cancelled by the Les Grands Espaces schoolThis is particularly true in the event of bad weather. However, there will be no refund in the event of cancellation on your part. less than 30 days before the course. If you cancel less than 7 days before the course, you will be billed in full.

A typical day on an SIV course normally includes a briefing, 3 flights and a debriefing.

The day will be invoiced in full if 2 or 3 flights are made. In the event that only 1 flight is made due to bad weather and on the instructor's decision, the day will be invoiced with a reduction of 50%. If no flight is made due to bad weather, but if the briefing has been given and the course equipment has been used (shuttle to take-off, boat set-up, etc.), a minimum charge of €50 will be billed.

No charge will be made for a day cancelled by the instructors on the morning of the course due to bad weather.