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Showing your Colours

If you have just qualified as a Club Pilot, many congratulations, but you still have a lot to learn. The gap between school and becoming an established member of a club is probably when you are at your most vulnerable. To ease you into the club safely we have a number of coaches to help you.

As it is important to identify low air time pilots in the air, everybody with less than ten hours soaring experience is actively encouraged to display a red streamer, attached to the kingpost on hang gliders, and from the bottom of the harness on paragliders.

Club Coaches

Club coaches are good and trusty people who have volunteered to help new pilots in the Club and to ensure that there is normally a friendly face on the hill. A list of current club coaches is printed in Skywords and on the member's forum area of the website. If you are newly qualified then don’t be afraid to get in touch with the nearest coach to you and try to arrange to fly together. They are available to witness the prescribed tasks involved in the BHPA pilot rating scheme, and can offer advice on the same. For visiting pilots who might need a bit of advice, please get in contact with the club and we can find a coach for you.

Coaching Days

During the summer the Chief Coach organises a coaching day once a month. The actual date is weather dependant. If you are newly qualified, un-current or in need of assistance then register with the Chief Coach and he will let you know of the next planned event.

Becoming a Club Coach

The post of Club Coach is not a flying qualification. A BHPA Club Coach is qualified to Club Pilot standard and has shown a willingness to help developing pilots improve their ability. He/she should be of a mature outlook, with unquestionable integrity, and sound flying experience. If you would like to be considered for a position, you should make the fact known to the Chief Coach. It is essential that applicants examine their motives beforehand.

Staying Current

Probably the most common contributing factor to paragliding and hang gliding accidents is a lack of currency.

We all know the feeling: the winter, the weather, work commitments and family have all contributed to keeping us off the hill; until now. No matter how experienced you are, it is inevitable that your skills will have slipped. It probably happens more to pilots with less overall experience – but it can happen to anyone.

So, how do we go about getting back into the air safely?

Helpful resources


DHPC Club Coaches at October 2020. Check club coach contact info list in the members forum coaching section for email/telephone details.

Club coaches

Pete Logan

Pete Balmforth

Kevin McLoughlin

Martin Baxter

Ed Cleasby

Rahul Basu

Chris Baird

Simon Goodman

Graham McAnany

Minhaj Minhaj

Alex Colbeck

Trevor Birkbeck

Charles McDonald

Alex Pealing

Rob Burtenshaw

David May

Richard Meek

Shaun Pickard

Steve Mann

Kevin Gay