Thermal paragliding & Init-Cross courses

These two courses are grouped together on the same page, as they are often aimed at the same public of paragliders wishing to progress. The instructors adapt to the level of the group in order to offer a range of exercises enabling them to Familiarise yourself with the use of heaters.

Cross training (3)

THERMAL TRAINING: Meet your first thermals...

Do you fly paragliders alone? Would you like to climb to the top of the jar?

Perfecting your paragliding skills involves reading and understanding the air massand see how you can use it. Come and learn how to use your environment to extend your flights!

The Grands Espaces school will guide you through your first ascents, so that you can enjoy them safely. Your mission: decipher the conditions of the day, validate the choice of site, roll up and refine the thermal... During this course, we won't hesitate to show you other free flying sites to sharpen your analytical skills.

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On the programme:

Full-day training, from 8.30am to 5pm (approx.), mainly from Monday to Friday. This course is aimed at experienced pilots who have acquired some basic autonomy (take-off/landing).
We'll meet at our school in the morning to check everyone's licences and equipment, fit you out if necessary, adjust the radios, draw up the programme, and then off we go to set up!

The objectives of this course :

  • Learn to analyse the conditions of the day
  • Choice and adaptation to different flight sites
  • Exploiting dynamic and thermal lift
  • Learn to roll up, to centre the thermal well, to "crack" in transition
  • Work on your active piloting with the help of the instructor
  • Change the site!
  • Notions of aerology, a hint of mechaflight applied to piloting, regulations...

Cycle 2MonosPilot's licence


INIT'CROSS COURSE: want to go further, get out of the box?

Cross training course (4)

This course is for you! Ceiling, transitions, hang-upand driving will be on the programme all week.

The following terms are used Introduction to Crossthe fact of join two well-known free-flight sites I'm starting to understand thermalling, but I don't dare venture far from my favourite landing". That's often what prompts trainees to come and see us. That's why we've created a course just for you! On this type of course, we're going to take your paragliding progress up a notch, and give you the tools to achieve your first Cross.

An Init' Cross course is also about discovering what you can and can't do on a Cross flight in a paraglider. In the morning, we work with you on reading the weather forecast. Based on this, we offer you simple technical courses at first, then complex ones at a later stage, in order to develop your knowledge in terms of feasibility and commitment. The paragliding flights will take place at flying sites in and around Annecy. Pre-requisites: you must have completed around a hundred solo flights and be able to take off and land independently if possible.

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On the programme:

Full day training, from 8.30am to 6pm (approx.)

  • Site reading
  • Weather analysis, forecasting, mapping, GPS...
  • How to centre the thermal well, follow it,
  • Analyse the flight plan and make the right decisions.
  • Your first transitions!
  • Improvise a landing outside the official field.
  • Study and use of equipment, radio, alitvario, gps .....

Cycle 2

MonosPilot's licence


2024 prices for THERMAL courses - INIT'CROSS

5-day course   720€   -7%
2-day course   310€   -7%
1 day course   165€   -7%
BP Assessment Day   165€   -7%
10-day package (non-consecutive)   1 360€   -7%
5-day package (non-consecutive)   700€   -7%
Student or Group discount (5 people minimum per course)   -10%   -10%

FAQ paragliding courses :

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!


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!

  • management by 1 or 2 monitors State graduates according to the level of the course
  • the shuttle journeys linking the various flying sites to our school
  • approved helmet and charged radio
  • paragliding equipment is optional, EXCEPT for the INITIATION course 

To avoid any unpleasant surprises, Paraglider sails and harnesses are systematically provided in our Introductory courses.. To make it easier for you to learn and progress, our equipment is regularly renewed. So you work with the latest equipment, which is more comfortable for you and for us!

Paraglider wing, harness, reserve parachute, helmet, charged radio. This equipment is recent, approved and adapted to your size.

  • lunches (meals are shared at nearby snack bars, but you are welcome to bring your own picnic)
  • FFVL licence insurance (about 50€ for 9 days, forms are available on request) here).
  • accommodation (you'll find a list of possible accommodation options at here)

The practice of free flight is closely linked to weather conditions. We are therefore making a weather briefing a few days before the start of each course. Once your online booking has been validated, a confirmation of feasibility will be sent to you 2 or 3 days before.

  • In the event of bad weather on a given dayIn this course, you will be given the theory you need to learn to paraglide (how to draw up a flight plan, weather conditions, rules of the road, etc.), as well as practical lessons on your equipment (correct positioning in the harness, effective stances, sitting up after take-off, etc.).
  • But if the firedamp takes hold and that your instructors decide to cancel a dayThis will not be invoiced. As payment for the course is made at the end of the week, we will be able to deduct it on a pro rata basis.

But don't worry, your paragliding course will last 5 days. It's very rare for it to rain for 5 days in a row in our region... We're lucky to be protected by the mountains, and the Annecy basin is known for its year-round flying.