The George Cayley Paragliding Club will be operating under the recently introduced BHPA Pilot Development Structure for new Club Pilots and existing pilots wishing to adopt the training scheme.
Findings from the Cayley Club Coach & Committee Interviews
Dominic one of the clubs Senior Coaches recently spent time interviewing all of the Cayley Coaches and committee members in order to write profiles for the club website.
He found it fascinating to listen to the wonderful and varied flying histories of some of our most experienced pilots.
However, what struck him most was that despite the differences in stories, there were several really important themes that cropped up in every single interview. Importantly, these were common themes that can teach us a lot about how to be better coaches and to be more effective at helping new pilots thrive in the sport.
Looking at these in a little more detail:
They also have to get used to the fact that they may drive reasonably long distances to discover that it’s not flyable when they get there. In every case our coaches were lucky enough to find someone who took them under their wing and made the first 50 hours fun, interesting and safe. Without these friendly pilots, it seems that few, if any, of our coaches would have lasted very long in the sport.
He asked a lot of our coaches the same question: “was this person a club coach?” The most frequent answer he got was “I don’t know. They were more like a mentor or friend than a coac h”. Few remember being “coached” but everyone remembers being given the sort of help and advice that you might expect from a friend. They also remember the passion and enthusiasm that their mentor/s had for flying and how travelling to sites and parawaiting were rarely a problem when you were travelling with (or going to meet) your friends.
So, as the new season approaches and we begin to see new faces at Cayley sites, it is useful to remember that we can play a major part in whether a new pilot thrives in the sport or leaves early. If we invest the time to help them get flying in the early days; mentor them as friends; and encourage them to get involved in the various social aspects of flying, we may just end up making life-long flying buddies who are as passionate about the sport as we are.
Club Coach Profiles and contact details can be found HERE
Club Coach Contacts
Before you fly any new site, please contact a club coach who will be able to advise you on the site rules and saftey.
These Club Coaches are willing to to help and advise any pilot, especially new members:
|Andy Berzins||Hornsea area||Senior Coach / Paragliding, Tandem|
|Dominic Curran||York||Senior Coach / Paragliding|
|Harry Postill||Fangfoss, nr Pocklington||Paragliding|
|Ian Currer||Pocklington||Paragliding, Hang gliding, Tandem|
|Geoff Moses||Hull||Paragliding & Hang gliding|
|Edward Cunliffe||York||Paragliding & Paramotor|
|Richard Sewell||Fangfoss nr, Pocklington||Paragliding|