paragliding training center
by Had Robinson
I recommend that all pilots attend an SIV clinic periodically. A pilot needs to learn how to control his glider in various situations that might occur during flight. Among these are wing-tip folds, frontal collapses, and major asymmetric collapses. Pilots can practice wingovers, full stalls (Note: some think this is inherently dangerous to practice), extreme pitch and roll maneuvers, and reserve deployments at these clinics. In the event of a mishap, everything is safely done over the water (for the most part).
Pilots of all skill levels can participate, including P1's with just an hour or two of airtime. It is a modest investment for valuable training.
However, the dangers of SIV clinics can sometimes outweigh the benefits. The following can occur at clinics not run by the best instructors and crew:
Pilots must thoroughly research the parties running the SIV. There have been needless deaths and accidents at too many clinics due to poor instruction, faulty equipment, and a lack of concern for safety (especially weather conditions).
It might be safest to get over to Europe for an SIV if you have any doubts about the operators of these events here in the United States. I know instructors in the U.S. who are very good and care about pilot safety but they do not host clinics in our region.
Please contact us for more information on SIV clinics and where you can take them.