Gliding is a very safe sport, it is around 30 times safer than driving. When you are learning, you will always fly with a highly qualified instructor (usually with thousands of hours experience in the air). Gliders are checked for airworthiness daily and are subject to more rigorous annual checkups.
While you are flying you will wear a parachute so that in a worst case scenario you can bail out, your instructor will brief you on the bailout procedure and use of your parachute. We have never had a member of CUGC needing to bail out.
Please note that there are a few situations where we cannot (for safety reasons) offer a trial flight:
- If you weigh more than 16 stone (102 kg).
- If you have ever suffered from any of the following: Epilepsy, fits, severe head injury, recurrent fainting, giddiness or blackouts, unusually high blood pressure, a previous coronary.
- If you take insulin regularly for the control of diabetes.