Maneuvers Clinics

Local SIV!

Paraglide New England is excited to offer the first and only maneuvers (SIV) training in the Northeastern USA!  

What is it?

Over the water maneuvers training, or SIV (French acronym for Simulation d'Incident en Vol), is a structured training regimen designed to teach pilots all the things they should know but prudence dictates that we should not practice over the ground. A maneuvers clinic offers the best and safest opportunity to gain deep understanding of wing behavior in the atypical situations that arise during thermal flights. For advanced pilots, our clinics are personalized to meet your needs and help you further acro and descent techniques. 

Why do it?

If you plan on flying in thermic conditions or doing any aerobatics, maneuvers clinics are essential. Top instructors and pilots recommend annual over the water maneuvers training. Pilots who have completed a maneuvers training clinic will will often say things like: "This should be required of all pilots!" or "Now I really know what my wing can do!" Maneuvers training is all about understanding your wing so you can fly more safely and know how to get out of the sky in a hurry. Get over the water and develop the muscle memory to tackle unexpected events in "the wild" with the confidence and skill that can only come from firsthand experience.  

What's included?

PGNE Maneuvers Clinics consist of an evening of classroom lessons and 2 days of towing coached by Master pilot and USHPA Advanced Instructor Calef Letorney. Our clinics include 4-8 tows depending on weather, schedules, and pilot preference. Given the exciting and intense nature of towing over the water, many pilots find that 2 or 3 tows per day is plenty. 

Day 1: Friday afternoon classroom 4-9PM. We will meet and do  the following:

  • Introductions and sharing of pilot goals

  • Review towing lesson, flight plans, tow procedures

  • Harness simulator. Incident visualization and practice

  • Maneuvers training and discussion

  • Video review of maneuvers

  • Test reserve throw and re-install reserve parachute. This is necessary due to a shocking number of reserves packed or installed incorrectly around the world.

Day 2-4 : Towing at Bulwagga Bay. We tow Saturday and Sunday weather permitting. Monday is a rain day or if for whatever reason, pilots were not able to get their tows in. PGNE personalizes every SIV course to the pilot, so whether it's your first or your fifth SIV course, it will be just right for you.

May include any or all of the following depending on pilot's wishes and instructor discretion:

  • Wing control drills

  • Big Ears

  • Pitch Control

  • Asymmetric Collapses of varying size and response

  • Full Frontal Collapses of varying size and response

  • Riser twists

  • B Line Stalls

  • Spirals

  • Asymmetric Spirals

  • Full Stalls

  • Spins

  • Wingovers

  • SAT

  • Other Acro

Extras: PGNE aims to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Beyond the fundamentals of maneuvers training, the clinic also includes the following:

  • Pizza during Friday night classroom

  • Free camping Friday night


When, where and how much?

Summer 2019 clinic dates:

  • Jul 12 - 14 (Rain dates: Monday July 15th and/or July 19- 22) FULL- NO SPOTS LEFT

  • Jul 26 - 28 (Rain dates: Monday July 29th and/or Aug 16-18) FULL- NO SPOTS LEFT

Cost for the SIV clinic is $799. Friday meet-up location for clinic the pre-towing lesson and reserve check/re-pack is at our Richmond, VT location. Towing operations are conducted from Moriah Bay Campsite & Beach on beautiful Lake Champlain just south of Port Henry, NY (see map below).

Camping is free Friday PM at Ryan's in Richmond and $35/ night at the beach for Saturday and Sunday.  Bedrooms are available at Ryan's house for $35/night.  Please notify us when you sign up if you need lodging. 

If you have any questions, please contact us

Friday 4pm in Richmond, VT

All clinic attendees are required to meet Friday afternoon at 4pm at our Richmond, VT location. Here we will conduct the clinic overview, and reserve check. Attendees who opt for lodging accommodations will stay here Friday & Saturday night. Click for directions.



Saturday-Monday at Port Henry, NY

Tow operations are located at the Moriah Campsite & Beach just south of Port Henry, NY.  Click for directions. Meet here at 8am on tow days. Camping is available onsite for $30/night for reservations call (518) 546-7123. There is lots of great info HERE for the Town of Moriah, check out the "visit" tab for lodging, campground, attractions, restaurants, and outdoor recreation. Bring your family for a day at the beach!