About Infinity Paragliding School
Infinity are devoted to paragliding, it’s ingrained in our soul and spirit. We are dedicated to providing quality instruction so our students develop into proficient pilots. This inspires them to have respect and an understanding for aviation and therefore a great time paragliding for years to come.
Infinity are based in Queenstown and operate at some of the finest paragliding sites in New Zealand. The sites used for training offer a fantastic environment for learning with a 750m vertical height difference between take-off and the world class landing facility `The Flightpark`. As a result of this, students have more time in the air which translates to more time for learning and developing skills while under instruction.
We also have a range of other dynamic and thermal soaring sites which we use regularly to teach different techniques and inspire confidence. We aim to have you, the student, actively flying all the local sites prior to your PG2 being issued, including the Queenstown Skyline Gondola.
Once you have gained your PG2 there are an abundance of sites in the area, enough to last a lifetime!
So, the soul and spirit of the school is good, the sites are good, what about the instructors?
Who are the Infinity instructors?
Chris comes from a skydiving background where he learnt in a very progressive environment, and he brings this style of teaching to paragliding. As an experienced paragliding instructor, he is known for, helping, educating, and supporting students as they develop their knowledge and feel for paragliding.
His love & niche is Vol Biv, a strong XC flyer, and developing his competition and acro skills.
He has taken to the skies in many different countries around the world, but there's many more for him to fly yet.
Born in Wellington, he has been in the sport for 9 years, teaching for 6 of those at his school in Wellington.
Chris learnt to teach paragliding at Infinity Paragliding all those years ago, and now comes full circle to instruct in Otago again.
An active member of the Wellington club, Chris was the P.G.S.O. for 4 years and president from 2015 - 2018.
As co-owner of Infinity Paragliding, Chris is amped to be able to introduce more people to this incredible sport.
Christopher joins Infinity from the US. He has 10 years experience flying paragliders and mini wings and holds various international instructor and tandem ratings. Once a combat medic in the Army and a paramedic on the streets of Houston and Seattle, he's seen it all. Christopher is now content living the pilot's dream, traveling the world, to where the flying is good! In the NZ off season you can find him in the USA, India and Costa Rica.
Alan Swann - aka Swanny
Swanny`s passion for paragliding started in Europe in 1999 and developed in Queenstown a year later in 2000. He has been actively flying in New Zealand, especially the Southern Lakes region, ever since.
He has a great wealth of local experience instructing for 9 years and flying commercial tandems for 7 years. Over the past 16 years, he has gained an immeasurable knowledge of the local flying sites as well as acquiring a great understanding of the local weather patterns.
He currently enjoys `hike and fly` missions and looking for new flying sites throughout the South Island.
Prior to paragliding, he was a mountaineer, climber, skier, and caver, with many impressive ascents and descents to his name. In the winter he works as a Ski Patroller on Coronet Peak along with instructing and assisting his students to fly on the skifield.
For the last 3 years, he has been the "Paragliding Training Manager for the NZHGPA" overseeing all training within New Zealand. In 2007-2010 he was President of the Southern Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club.
When it's flyable Blake is there, and his hunger for paragliding has led to the enthusiastic instructing style he has today. When it’s not flyable he is often out on a mission, whether it's climbing, sailing or snowboarding, Blake is always venturing outdoors.
He is from the Coromandel in New Zealand and has been living in Queenstown for 6 years.
Prior to paragliding, Blake worked as a River-surfing guide and Sailing crew on the NZL 14 ex-Americas cup yacht, sailing on Lake Wakatipu has given him a good understanding of the meteorology in the area. He is always excited to be outdoors and is always up for an adventure that involves being out in the elements. Teaching people to fly is another great way he shares his passion for adventure.
He is currently the P.G.S.O. (paragliding safety officer) for the Southern Lakes Hanggliding and Paragliding club based in Queenstown and Wanaka.
Originally from Dublin, Ireland. Cathal learned to fly with Infinity Over 5 years ago. He is one of our first students to come through the ranks and graduate as a full-time instructor. This has been achieved through pure dedication and passion for everything flying. On any flyable day, you will find Cathal under a wing whether he is practising acrobatics, flying a speed wing or taking someone out on the tandem, Cathal will be in the air.
In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, climbing, hiking and anything outdoors. Currently, our sites officer for Queenstown and Wanaka he is on the Southern club committee.
His passion and commitment for the sport of Paragliding is helping Infinity produce some of New Zealand's finest pilots and further develop this amazing sport. Always happy to help, if you have a question give him a shout.
Originally from New Zealand, Ben has spent most of his time flying overseas in Europe and Australia. Although spending equal airtime across all paragliding disciplines, Ben's real passion lies in Acrobatics.
His drive to understand the skillful nature of progressive acrobatic maneuvers has seen him spend many European summers amongst the best training sites in the world. Ben's acro background has helped him become a more balance pilot with a great understanding of wing behavior.
Bens recent move from designing products to teaching paragliding shows his passion for the sport and his desire to share and educate the enjoyment that comes from being in the sky.
Where are Infinity?
Infinity Paragliding are predominately based at the `Flightpark` between Arrowtown and Queenstown. To find the Flightpark, go to the Contacts section for directions. If we are not at the Flightpark give us a call, we will probably be flying somewhere!
`Infinity Paragliding School` is named after the `Infinite Tumble` and the fact that we offer no limits or boundaries to learning, infinite learning!!
The Infinite or Infinity Tumble is an advanced aerobatic flying manoeuvre. Check out the video below to see the Infinity in action!