SkySurf Paragliding is a SAFA Sports Aviation Federation of Australia approved Flight Training Facility offering Learn to Fly courses and Instructional Tandem Flights in the Illawarra and Canberra regions. SkySurf operates at premier paragliding sites such as Bald Hill lookout at Stanwell Tops, Hill60 in Port Kembla, Lake George, Spring Hill, and Lanyon in the Canberra region. We are passionate paraglider pilots and instructors and our goal is to promote this amazing aviation sport and its possibilities. Paragliding is the most pure and simple type of aviation sport and allow us to turn the landscape into a big playground and enjoy a privileged bird’s-eye view of the world. Paragliding is an inclusive sport with a diverse community. We welcome everyone to try it! Learning paragliding is challenging but also heaps of fun!
Paragliding enables experiences such as relaxed soaring flights at a coastal site, flying thermals and long distance cross country flights using only the powers of the nature, getting a paramotor licence, learning acrobatic maneuvers under high G forces and adrenaline, you can become a tandem pilot and share your passion with others, a competition pilot, instructor…
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Our SAFA certified Chief Flight Instructor Rafael Esquillaro (SAFA CFI 2206079) has been working as a paragliding instructor in Australia since 2010. Rafael has been an active sportsman since young age with passion for sports such as surfing, kite surfing, skateboarding, hiking and mountain biking. Learning paragliding at a young age allowed Rafael to develop a high level of airmanship and paragliding became his lifestyle. Rafael is a highly accomplished paraglider pilot and instructor with paragliding experience in several countries, and has achieved single Cross Country Flights of over 400Km distance (straight line) and 11 hours airtime. Rafael has been also very active in the art of acrobatic paragliding and has mastered maneuvers such as the “Infinity Tumbling”, Helicopter, Looping, and many others. Ranked #3 in the Australian Championship 2021.
Rafael is a very friendly instructor with over a decade of teaching experience and will lead our team to introduce you to our sport in the most enjoyable and safe way!
Mark Sun Mitsos