Booking Stage parapente thermique

Stage Thermique 5 jours

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Sailing will no longer hold any secrets for you !


You want to fly for a long time in the "jar" and make your first transitions, climb in thermals efficiently, optimize your analysis of the day's conditions in a relevant way and acquire more autonomy. Thanks to our thermal course, you will discover another approach to safe daily flying and know your true abilities.

The courses are only conducted in French. If you are not a French citizen, but are fluent in French, this is not a problem. 

For more information, please contact us.

What level for a thermal course ?

You must have a paragliding pilot's licence and be completely autonomous in taking off and landing. The instructors are not always there to guide you on the landing. It is also necessary to be autonomous on different manoeuvres during the course, such as pitching, collapses and 360° exiting the stall. Finally, we check that you have already done an SIV course at the K2 paragliding school in the last 2 years.

As for the equipment, it is the same as for the SIV course.


Thermal side

You benefit from theoretical courses: technical, aerological, mecavol. You will learn how to analyse the day's weather reports and how to plan a flight. You will then be autonomous on the packing of the reserve parachute and its verification, but also a total autonomy on a course with different possible landings.

In the morning, you will have technical exercises in calm air and in the afternoon you will be able to apply your skills in thermals. You will fly on different sites around Lake Annecy and two instructors will supervise you: one will be at the take-off with you to assist you if necessary and the other will accompany you in the air.



On the security side

Used in aeronautics for the last 30 years, Human Factors are all the human implications in an activity and in particular the well known "human error". We will address various avenues used in aeronautics to enhance our serenity and pleasure of flight. We will learn how to make the right decisions, to anticipate and counter external or internal threats, how stress influences our behaviour and how to establish our individual exposure map.

Development of the course


We meet at 8am. We will check that the rescue parachute is working properly on a gantry. There will be a briefing on the safety instructions and the progress of the course, the exercises to be carried out, the different flight sites, as well as the expected progression.


Firstly, you will fly in calm air with exercises and site location. Then, you will fly in thermal conditions. The flights and conditions are adapted according to the level of each pilot. Debriefing of the day at 6pm.

Groups are limited to a maximum of 6 people and the course lasts 5 days, from Monday to Friday.

Schedules can be modified according to the weather. A quick snack will be provided during the day. Possibility to order or stop during the day in a bakery.

How to register
Development of the course

Prices with complete equipment :

2 day driving course 490 € / pers
3 day driving course 735 € / pers
Group pilot course 1760 € / day for the group
Thermal / Cross 5 day course     1125 € / pers
Private lessons On request


Supplement(s) for materials provided by the school

(please let us know if you need material)


Radio 15 € / jour
Rescue parachute 30 € / jour
Sellette 30 € / jour
Folding a rescue parachute 45 €



Educational film on K2 USB stick

1 person 30 €
2 people 40 €
3 people 60 €
8 people 120 €



  • Registration is done directly online on our website.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to your email address after your registration has been finalised.
  • In order to validate your reservation, the imprint of your credit card will be recorded.
  • The amount of the imprint is not cashed before the course.


Group registration

  • The group rate applies to a group of 8 pilots. Three months before the date of the course the group must be complete and the registration forms filled in. If the group is not complete, the rate will be changed to individual registration.



  • Payment is due at the end of the course.
  • We only accept payment by cheque and cash. Please note that there is no bank machine in our small village. It is therefore necessary to plan the method of payment before the course.
  • In order to maintain good relations with our students, the school does not give credit.
  • To thank you for your loyalty, we have launched the loyalty card which will be delivered to you at the time of your course.
    • The loyalty card is only valid for driving/SIV courses. 
    • It works for individual registration courses only.
    • This card is valid for two years. The tenth day of training will be offered to you.

Cancellation by you / individual registration

  • If you book more than 30 days before the course, a €30 administration fee will be charged.
  • Between 7 and 30 days before the course, the sum of 50% of the course will be debited from your card. No refund will be made.
  • Within 7 days, 100% of the course will be charged to your card. No refund will be made.


Cancellation by you / group registration

In case of a complete cancellation of the group:

  • Less than 90 days before the course, 50% of the amount will be charged.
  • If the cancellation is made more than 90 days before the course, 30€ will be charged.


Three months before the date of the course, the group must be complete and the registration forms filled in. If the group is not complete, the course and the fee will be changed to individual registration (180€/D/pers).

In case of cancellation by a group participant:

  • Between 1 and 3 months before the course, the sum of 50% of the participation will be cashed if no replacement is found by the group.
  • If a participant withdraws less than 1 month before the course, the sum of 100% of his/her participation will be cashed if no replacement is found by the group.
  • Any course that is interrupted for any reason whatsoever will not result in a reduction in the fee. The full amount of the course must be paid.
  • For example, for weekday courses, if the pilot is not available on the reserve day (Friday), the full fee will still be charged.


Cancellation by K2

  • Before the course, in case of cancellation due to weather conditions, no fee will be charged.
  • In this case, we will propose a later date for a replacement course.


During the course

  • If no flights are made: you will not be charged.
  • If an average of two flights per day is made during the course, the full course fee will be charged.
  • If only one flight is made during the course, the sum of 95 €/pers will be charged.
  • The management reserves the right to interrupt the participation of a student if his/her technical level or physical condition does not correspond to that required. Under no circumstances will this interruption give rise to a refund or payment of compensation.
  • For safety reasons, paramotor reflex gliders are not allowed. Pilots must come with approved paragliding equipment.
  • We refuse participation in the course to any paramotorist pilot who has never practiced paragliding. A minimum of 30 flights in the year is required and/or a week of advanced training in a paragliding school (a certificate from the school will be requested).


For the 3-day courses

  • The reserve day on Friday will only be used if a whole day has been cancelled during the course. If, during a day, one or two flights could be validated, in addition to the other two days, the course will be validated and we will not use the reserve day. An average of two flights per day validates the course.
  • The reserve day on Friday will end around 5pm, including video debriefing.

Weather report

  • We will check the weather forecast two days before the course, at about 7pm, in order to validate the start of the course or not. We will send you an email and a text message to confirm the meeting. We take the weather reports at about 6pm and we are not able to confirm the validity of the course before this time (especially in case of mixed weather). Please be patient.


The day before the course

  • Meeting point at Plan Montmin (see access map), the day before the course, at 5.30 pm. For organizational, safety and educational reasons, it is imperative to be present for this first briefing.
  • Verification of the correct functioning of the rescue parachute extraction on a gantry.
  • Distribution of life jackets, earphones and waterproof pockets for radios.
  • Briefing: safety instructions, rescue parachute and progression.
  • Presentation of the landing area and the landing.
  • End of the briefing at around 7.30 pm.


The day of the course

  • Meeting point at 8am.
  • Briefing on the exercises to be performed.
  • Flying exercises over the lake with a safety boat. A maximum of 3 flights per day will be carried out.
  • At the landing, between each flight, analysis of the flight and choice of the next flight (as well as a quick snack)
  • Analysis of the day thanks to the video of the flights of each pilot (possibility to have your course on dvd)
  • End of the day around 5pm.
  • The schedule can be modified according to the weather.
  • A quick snack will be provided during the day. You can order one at the school the evening before.
  • The courses can take place over two or three days (usually two days at the weekend and three days during the week).
  • The weekday courses are from Tuesday to Thursday with Friday as a reserve day in case of bad weather.
  • Groups are limited to a maximum of 8 people.

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