The Course

The fear of flying can cause a person to suffer from extreme fear, panic attacks, nausea and even anticipatory vomiting before the flight, during the flight, and even just by thinking about flying. While the fear of flying is debilitating to the person, increased knowledge of human psychology enables us to successfully help individuals overcome their fear. Our “beat the fear of flying” program is specifically designed to help you overcome your fear of flying in one of the most comprehensive programs available in South Africa.

The Course

The “beat the fear of flying” course is specifically designed to help you beat the fear by educating you about the origins of your fear, how your fear works, teaching you cognitive as well as behavioural techniques to help you take control not only of your fear of flying but general anxieties as well, and finally practically taking you on a practical flight to solidify you sense of control over flying.

Session 1 – Introductory , psychological assessment, and practical techniques

During the 1st session, our specialist psychologist will guide you through the treatment process and highlight the key areas that need to be worked on in order to overcome and take control over your fear. During the first introductory session an assessment of your needs will be made and all your questions will be addressed and answered. You will be introduced to specialised techniques designed specifically to help you gain control in flight. These psychological techniques will be explained and practiced in the session in order to make sure that you have mastered them all. In this session you will be educated as to what anxiety is and most importantly how to take control over it.

Session 2 – Acupressure training with Dr Paul West

Acupressure involves the application of manual pressure to specific points on the body. These specific points have been shown to reduce anxiety and maintain an overall emotional balance and health. During this session, Dr West will guide you through this dedicated form of therapy which we found to be of great use to our course participants.


Dr Paul West is registered in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, as well as Therapeutic Massage Therapy, with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa. He was chosen by the National Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association of SA to be part of the examiners team to help integrate this profession into the National Health care system. Paul has worked internationally and has gathered extensive experience from Germany, South Korea, Japan and the USA..

Session 3 – Q & A

For the first time you will be introduced to our professional pilot and captain. Here you will get ALL your flying questions answered, from: why the wings move? To, can the airplane land on water? Our captain will make you feel informed and secure about your next flight. Remember, fear is driven by misinformation; this is why this stage of any treatment program is paramount.

Some of the questions that will be answered during the sessions are:

  • Do the wings move?
  • Would the pilot having a bad day affect the flight?
  • Do the all pilots on board have appropriate qualifications?
  • Is it possible that the aircraft land on water?
  • Why can’t you close the window blinds during takeoff and landing?
  • Why do the engines make such a load noise?
  • Is it possible for the engine to set on fire?
  • What if the engines fail?
  • If the plane electricity turns off what happens?
  • Can the captain get lost?
  • Have you ever wondered what turbulence is?
  • What effects does turbulence have on the plane?
  • Why do we have safety instructions and briefings ?
  • What happens if the Captain has to communicate with non-English speaking air traffic controllers?
  • Why do my ears make that strange noise when flying?
  • Is it possible for the plane to collide into another plane in mid air?
  • What is auto pilot and how does it work?
  • What if there is a medical emergency on board?
  • Why are there so many noises on Board?
  • Why do I have falling feeling during takeoff?
  • Are there unpredictable problems on the plane?

Session 4 – Practical flight

Our professional captain will take you on a 1 hour practical flight where you can use all the techniques that you have learnt in the treatment process so far. In this stage of the process you will get to experience control over your own physiology during flight, as well as get to sit in the cockpit and hear and see what a real pilot hears and sees during flight. At this stage of the process you will also be introduced to the dials and controls of the plane which will show you how in control the captain of the flight really is. All you questions during the flight will be addressed.

Course End

After your flight, all your questions will be answered regarding the flight, and the techniques that you have learnt leading up to the last course session.. We don’t leave until you are pleased that all your questions are answered, and that you have mastered your fears.

Post Course

All course coordinators will be available post course to answer any question that may have come up for you after the course has ended. Our trainers will be available via email, phone, or skype (if you live outside South Africa). In addition, should you feel that you need a fresh reminder of the techniques and strategies discussed during the course, you are welcome to join us on the next available course free of charge (excluding flight).

Important Course Info

  • The price for the complete course which includes all meals, refreshments, training booklet, and practical flight is R4999 per person
  • The course is run during the day on the last Sunday of every month
  • The duration of the course is from 10:00 until 20:00
  • The theoretical part of the course will take place during the first half of the day
  • The practical flight part of the course will take place in the evening (This will be weather dependant)
  • The course will be held at the premises of the Anxiety and Trauma Clinic, Morningside. 173 Rivonia Road, Rochester Place, Block C, Room A
  • The flight will be taken from Grand central airport in Midrand
  • Transport should be arranged by yourself

How do I book for the course?

Click on the "Booking" tab at the top of the site. This will take you to the course booking page where you can see the availability for the next course. Click on "Book now" which will take you to the registration login page. Please register as a user (we need this inorder to make sure that the participants on the course are legitimate users, this is designed to enhance your experience on the course). Once registered and logged in, you will be taken to the payment page where you will have the option of paying via credit card, standard bank debit card, EFT, or direct deposit. Once payment is made, you will receive a confirmation email confirming your registration. We will then see you on the course date for the beginning of your new you but this time without the fear.

The Course

The most comprehensive Fear of Flying program available in South Africa.  You can learn more about the course by clicking here.


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