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Is it safe?

Like many adventure sports, gliding is safe as long as you keep your brain in gear. If you are a beginner our BGA-qualified instructors will guide you through every step of the learning process and show you how to take care of yourself. Once you've mastered handling the controls, learning to glide is largely a matter of developing judgement and air-mindedness.

Because the number of accidents across the whole UK is very small, it's hard to get reliable statistics, but we estimate the risk for solo pilots as somewhere between car driving and motorcycle riding, and much lower for trainees under instructor supervision. In the latest 10 year period, the trainee glider pilot serious injury rate was 0.4 per 100,000 flights with zero fatalities. (Figures taken from BGA website, March 2016.)