Apprentice Instructor Academy

Welcome to our instructor training program. Here you can have the opportunity to learn how to fly hang gliders for free! Plus once you have passed the initial phases you can even start earning an income teaching others to fly.

If this sounds like an adventure you are interested in, we encourage you to read the outline of the program below along with its perks and benefits. Then please contact us to see how you can apply.

This program is not for those who want to try it once and get a free lesson out of the deal. Teaching Hang Gliding is also very physically demanding and exhausting, moderate to fast runners only, please keep this in mind. Please only apply if you are genuinely interested in a summer-long commitment to teaching Hang Gliding.

Please read the program description below & the 4 phases of training before applying.

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Phase 1

Shadow 10 lessons while earning your H-1. Assist instructor during lessons. 

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Phase 3

Testing Phase to finish the Training Program. Lead 2 lessons without assistance. Possible paid position with Windsports. 

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Phase 2

Begin teaching part of the lessons as you shadow 10 more lessons. Begin H - 2 novice flight training.

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Phase 4

Instruct 1st day lessons to new students as a hired apprentice instructor. Work towards H-3 & basic instructor rating.

Perks & Benefits

As an Apprentice instructor with Windsports, you will be encouraged to make use of the many fringe benefits of the school. As long as you work for us you will have access to;

  • Discounted Gliders and Gear

  • Free rides up the mountain for solo flights

  • Free Advanced High Altitude Tandem Flights

  • Free Rentals of Beach Gliders and Equipment

  • Temporary Housing near the Mountain*

  • Priority participation in flight trips

  • Free Ridge Soaring Training

  • Free Glider Storage

Responsibilities & Expectations

As an Apprentice instructor with Windsports, you will have many wonderful opportunities to learn and grow as an instructor, a pilot, and a person. These opportunities come with certain duties and responsibilities. You are expected to;

  • Be available to teach Wednesday - Sunday from noon till 5 pm all summer long. We are open year-round if you want to continue teaching beyond the summer

  • Help Maintain the site and the training equipment

  • Pay for any damage you may cause to school equipment while off the clock

  • Acquire and keep current a First Aid/CPR certification

  • Join the USHPA 

  • Adhere to all flight rules and regulations at all flying sites we train, fly and teach at

  • Communicate well and with respect to the public at all training and flying sites

  • Complete all Instructor duties and tasks laid out by the school and the lead instructor