British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association – Membership


The British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (BHPA) sets the training syllabus for all ’registered’ hang gliding and paragliding schools (Peak Airsports) who offer paragliding tuition and hang gliding lessons. The BHPA is the UK’s sports controlling body and recognized by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and they examine and issue ‘licenses’ to schools and it’s instructors. The BHPA also set the rules by which all pilots are expected to fly and provides the mandatory third-party insurance all pilots must have to be legal to fly in the UK also.

In order to learn to paraglide you first enrol on one of our course with Peak Airsports.  You then join the BHPA  (as part of the administration steps when we first meet).  This provides you with the necessary third-party liability Insurance. No instructor will teach you without this membership and subsequently as you progress to flying independently on club sites, those clubs and its members will not permit flying without suitable insurance and BHPA membership.

You have the following two options for EPC or CPC courses, however you will need to be an annual member to obtain the CP qualification.

1. Mandatory BHPA  3 - Month Training Membership – £78

This is an option for those who do not want to commit to a full 12 month annual membership. There is a one-off joining fee of  £22, plus the Training Membership of  £56, which is valid for three months and includes three copies of the monthly BHPA magazine – Skywings.

2. Mandatory BHPA Annual  Membership – £121

With an initial ‘one-off’ joining fee of £22, plus the 12 month annual subscription of  £99 and 12 copies of the monthly BHPA magazineSkywings.

Concessionary Membership. Under 21, Full-time education and over 60 available on request.

Example of Course & BHPA fee’s

Option 1 Example: a ‘Elementary Pilot’ (EP) course would cost: £500 + £56 + £22 joining fee = £578 with BHPA 3 Month Training Membership.

Option 2 Example: a ‘Elementary Pilot’ (EP) course would cost: £500 + £99 + £22 joining fee =  £621 with BHPA Annual Membership.

Note: BHPA fee’s are separate from Peak Airsports course fee’s and should be paid on the first day of your course (as part of the administration steps). Please don not bring cash, Card payment is the normal way (please bring a suitable card with you) when starting the EPC or CPC course.

We can also provide personal accident insurance for flying (if required), through Airsports Insurance Bureau or please look on- line for this cover, but make sure that any possible company does cover ‘Paragliding and training’ before you purchase it.

If you wish to book a course with us, please first read the important information below, then contact us either by phone to discuss availability of course places and dates. Please remember that we only accept around thirty trainee pilots a year and places fill up fast.

BHPA Registered Schools Public Liability Insurance

In September 2003, the BHPA insurers reduced instructors and schools liability insurance from  £2 million to £25,000.

At Peak Airsports we have a comprehensive School Safety Policy to ensure that risks to your safety are kept as low as reasonable practicable, which includes:

  • Regular maintenance and inspection of all equipment to ensure safe working order.
  • Making regular risk assessments of all training sites and weather conditions whilst we are using the sites for training.
  • Following the BHPA Training Syllabus, Guidance for Instructors and The Technical Manual.

Please note:


Paragliding and hang gliding is a form of aviation with all of the inherent and potential dangers that are involved in aviation. No form of aviation is without risk, and injuries and deaths do occur in the sport, even to trained pilots using proper equipment. Whilst Peak Airsports endeavours to minimize this risk as far as is reasonably practicable, it cannot be eliminated altogether. No one should participate in paragliding who does not recognize and wish to personally assume liability and the associated risks.

Before embarking on one of our courses, we ask you to read our safety agreement  and school rules. This has been put in place for your benefit and safety. Once you start you training course or day, it is understood you have read this safety agreement and understand the risks involved. If you do not wish to take responsibility, you should not start with any BHPA training school.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss the issues above before booking a course.

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