A 5 day long technical rope rescue training for paragliding pilots has been conducted in Pokhara.
Jointly organised by Nepal Paragliding and Hand Gliding Association and Rescue 3 International, 15 tandem pilots including 2 female pilots took part in the training. Sailendra Rawat, General Secretary of Association informed that the training is first of its kind in Pokhara.
Emphasizing the essence of Rescue Training, Chandra Ale, Regional Director of Rescue 3, said that the training will help pilots not only to keep themselves safe but also train them to act for rescue during contingencies. He added that paragliding will always carry a significant amount of risk being totally dependent on flowing air, and thereby called an adventure sports. ” The theoretical and practical aspects of flight, geographical knowledge of Sarangkot and Chankhapur and techniques of gliding are the subjects of training “, Ale informed.
Rajib Pahari, MP of province 4, said that the training will help to make paragliding in Pokhara much safer and well managed. He added that the numerous adventure sports possibilities and natural beauty will help Pokhara to establish as an attractive tourist as well as paragliding destination.
The 15 trainee pilots have taken the course before conducting tandem flights after completing their solo flight training. Solo paragliding trainings are currently conducted in Swarek of Syangja and Bandipur of Tanahu. The courses will also be conducted in Pokhara and Dharan from now on. As per Associations statistics, currently there are about 150 novice solo pilots and about 200 professional tandem pilots of paragliding in Nepal.