Cloud Base Paragliding School Wilderness

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In July 1993 Jay and Jan, (as team assistant) were in the South African National team at the Paragliding World Championships in Verbier, Switzerland.

Jan spent a further 2 months in Germany and Switzerland flying and seeing how European schools operated. He also attended a safety course and experienced tow launching from a static winch.
On his return he was offered the position of factory manager at Fun 2 Fly Paragliders in Durban. Together with Herbert Forsthofer, the factory expanded and moved premises.

In October 1994 Jan was elected on to the SAHPA executive committee. This position enabled him to pursue his ideals of safety in paragliding. Jan loved teaching, and so CLOUDBASE PARAGLIDING School was established. As Jan worked in the Fun 2 Fly factory, so teaching was a weekend passion only and this saw the foothills of Eshowe bedecked with paragliders. His commitment to his Cape Town students saw him commuting every 3 months to Wilderness. After 18 months Fun 2 Fly was growing rapidly and new partners were brought in. So Jan made a decision to base himself in Wilderness, where the training conditions were consistently safe, and run the school full time.
Jan set up premises in the Garden Route Town of Wilderness, including an informal Bed & Breakfast. The camaraderie has become legendary. The combination of personal attention, learning experience and fun times when not flyable, ensured steady growth of the school.
In August 1996 the first Alpine Tour was organized, visiting the Austrian Alps and Switzerland. This has become an annual event and has resulted in increased reciprocal visits by foreign pilots. To facilitate this Jan started a new division, CLOUDBASE TOURS.

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