BHPA - The Gold standard in teaching
Our Heritage - over 50 years of experience and commitment to the Sport
The Association was formed in 1992 by the coming together of the British Hang Gliding Association and the British Association of Paragliding Clubs. Since then the sport has grown considerably and now has over 60 clubs that are affiliated to the Association with around 8,000 individual members. The Association exists primarily to promote safety within the sport.
BHPA oversees pilot and instructor training standards, provides, technical support such as airworthiness standards, runs coaching courses for pilots... and a host of other services, providing the infrastructure within which UK hang gliding and paragliding thrive.
The organisation has been through some changes and seen the popularity of paragliding and more recently Paramotoring. Apart from the French and German authorities, there are no other countries with such history and experience in governing our great Sport. It's work with the CAA over airspace and responsibility to second to none.
They have set the syllabus and the standards for the sport to prosper from Hang gliding and simple to fly canopies to craft, now capable to fly hundreds of kilometres in a day.
Get the qualification you're after - No funny conversion courses
Their input into clubs and schools means that when you learn with a BHPA standard of school you know there won´t be any funny conversion courses to do, plus your getting support from a community of pilots that have their interest in flying not just cheap insurance cover.
Everyone wants to be a BHPA school but only the best are. Don´t be caught out, training achieved in one school anywhere in the world with a BHPA stamp is recognised in any other BHPA school back home.
Good standards of paraglidng or paramotor training are not down to perspective and but a well rehearsed and structured criteria and benchmark thats adhered by all. BHPA instructors are taught to avoid the mistakes made of the past and use the latest teaching methods.
IMPORTANT - Before you arrive, fill out this form and Pay the BHPA directly.
BHPA membership formDownload form 147.21 kB - pdf