I’ve been learning with Jim Reich and the gang at flybc.org. I just did 4 motor flights last Sunday. It was an amazing day! That brings my total to 8. I also have 15 gliding flights. It’s a wonderful place to paraglide and paramotor. The method there is to first teach you to fly then motor. Look to get at least 10-15 ‘free’ flights from the launch at Woodside (rough logging road to 670meters above the valley) and spending lots of time ground handling a wing before progressing to the motor. It really is easier this way and you get into the air sooner.
Flying will of course be weather dependent and the wind situation you want for your first motor flights is pretty narrow. Too much and your dealing with turbulence, too little and it’s really hard to launch a motor. This means potentially frustrating hours or days spent waiting for just the right wind but Jim won’t let you push your boundaries until your making that call yourself. Jim has several practice hills around the area to bus students to if the winds are not good for Woodside.
In Canada you need an Ultralight Pilots Permit. You’ll have to write the same tests as for a Basic Ultra Light airplane including aircraft knowledge and even engine knowledge even though you plan to fly an electric paramotor. Transport Canada doesn’t keep that up-to-date. You don’t have to learn to fly an ultralight aircraft of course. You can do all your flight training on Jim’s motors - He’s got a couple BlackHawk 125s and keeps selling them. You need 30 flights under supervision to obtain your Permit for Basic Ultralight - Paramotor.
Realistically you’ll know after your first few free flights if you want to be an aviator . Some people fall in love with that and don’t bother with the motor. At that point you may want to buy a used glider and harness with reserve. I did 8 freeflights last summer and bought an Ozone Buzz3 early this spring. Jim will set you up on something appropriate for your skill and intentions but that will NOT be an acro wing for sure. Those things are scary! An enA or easy enB wing will take you far! Having your own wing after you have the flight and ground handling basics is great b/c you can take it to a nice wide open park if you have one nearby and just practice handling the wing. It’s actually a lot of fun too. Practicing on your own will save you a lot of time and money. After a couple flights on the motor you’ll really know where you want to go and what you want to do. You might find yourself looking for hour long or go somewhere adventure flying so the openPPG will not be right. You might find yourself liking the serenity of free gliding and thermal hunting with the eagles (I’ve done that!).
Best of luck and if/when you come out let me know. We may be able to get together at flybc.