Professional Air Sports Association or (PASA), was formed in 1997 by a group of hang gliding industry leaders to accomplish a wide array of goals. Principal among those goals was to help the hang gliding industry establish training and school standards so that liability insurance would become available to the market. PASA also set standards for Kite boarding for the same purposes. PASA has been certifying Kiteboarding Instructors and schools for the past 15 years.

Establishing good basic operating and teaching standards are an essential part of the success and safety of commercial schools, and PASA enables members to participate in the sharing of proven teaching and risk management strategies.

By joining PASA, you will become a part of a network that is committed to making our sports safer, more accessible, and more professional. There are several different classifications of membership.


Easily one of the fastest growing new water sports. Kiteboarding is the infusion of multiple other sports such as kite flying, wakeboarding and windsurfing. This fascinating combination realizes man’s eternal dream of flying.

Specially designed large power kites propel their pilots across the water on kiteboards. With kiteboarding, it is possible to get insane air! Experienced pilots are able to get 20 to 40 feet of air whilst performing amazing aerial tricks and maneuvers.

At PASA, we are dedicated to teaching and promoting this exciting sport in a manner that is professional, safer and most important of all, fun! We work closely with kiteboarding associations, schools, manufactures, and organizations to help establish widely accepted standards of instruction for schools.

We promote PASA approved kiteboarding schools that have accepted our guidelines and passed our PASA certification course. Find a PASA certified school on our website so you know that you’re getting quality instruction. Learn to kiteboard at one of our PASA approved training centers and schools. We frequently hold kiteboarding instructor certifications programs to train new instructors.

We work closely with insurance companies to offer schools and kiteboarding instructors insurance coverage. You may only obtain insurance after taking a PASA instructor certification program and also joining PASA as a professional member. Upon joining, you will be expected to adhere to PASA standards.

Hang Gliding & Paragliding

The realization of mankind’s most ancient dream. Hang gliding and paragliding is the simplest and most pure form of human flight. Free flight has come a long way since its beginnings in the 1960’s. We have progressed form short low level flights to aerial feats that were only dreamed of, just 50 years ago. Distances of hundreds of miles, altitudes of thousands of feet and flights lasting hours are all part of modern day free flight. We are fortunate to live in a time when free flight is no longer the dream, but our reality.

At PASA we are dedicated to teaching and promoting best practices, professionalism and fun. PASA Certified schools operate by standards and guidelines borne from the knowledge and experience of industry leaders and the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA). All PASA schools employ USHPA certified instructors. Spread your wings at a PASA certified school.

We work closely with the industry’s main insuring body. With PASA certification, these insurance options become available. Upon joining, you will be expected to adhere to PASA standards.