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About the event

Blesma Members have the opportunity to experience a weekend of Tandem Paragliding in Cumbria from Friday 13th – Monday 16th August 2021, and with the necessary adaptations to get airborne.

Flyability and the staff of The Flight Path will anchor this introduction and will personalise the experience for individual requirements and challenges.

For those that are motivated and wish to learn to fly independently and taking their soaring to the next level, Blesma is looking into the possibility of hosting a Club Pilots Paragliding Qualification Course in 2022/23. More information will be published in due course.

Flyability is the initiative of the British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (BHPA). They are a small group of volunteers that work in their spare time to make free flight accessible to anyone who wants to learn to fly.

Who can take part?

Members should be reasonably fit & active with good coordination & alertness. There is a weight limit of 17 stone.

What's involved?

  • A chance to experience paragliding at your own level

  • A great way to start off a new potential hobby

Will it cost me to attend?

Blesma activities are free to all Members – the only expense is getting yourself to and from the initial meeting point. If funding your travel costs could be a problem, speak to your BSO.

What is the selection process?

The activities selection process is done on a needs basis. Those who will benefit the most from attending an activity will be given priority. This is done on the recommendation of their BSO. Those Members who have not attended any activities before, or who have not attended that particular type of activity before are considered next. Once the initial list is selected, all other applicants go on the reserve list. Should someone drop out, the same process is applied to select someone from the reserve list.

How much notice will I be given?

Currently, Members who are selected to take part in an activity are given three months’ notice. If this notice period is increased, it is highly likely that the drop-out rate will also increase.  If you are selected from the reserve list, your notification will depend on when the person whose place you are taking dropped out. This is why we ask Members to contact the Activities Team as soon as they become aware that they will not be able to attend an activity. In doing so. That way, we have the best opportunity to offer the place to another Member.

How does the reserve list work?

Being on the reserve list does not automatically mean you will not get to attend the activity. In 2017, 54 per cent of people selected for an activity dropped out, meaning that almost half of attendees for all activities were selected from the reserve list. In 2017, 97 per cent of slots were filled despite the high drop-out rate. The remaining three per cent were mostly last-minute cancellations that were too late notice to fill (i.e. the day before).

I have never been on a Blesma activity?

Currently, only 4.3 per cent of Members apply for activities. If you are one of the 95.7 per cent who hasn’t been on an activity before, perhaps because you have concerns about how you will cope, or you don’t know what to expect, please get in touch with either your BSO or the Activities Team directly on 020 8548 3519. They can advise on what might be suitable for you.

Who will lead the activity?

This Activity will be delivered by Flyability, a branch of the British Hang Gliding and Parachuting Association (BHPA). Find out more: http://www.flyability.org.uk/

Am I deserving of a Blesma activity, what if others are more in need?

We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.

Contact us

If you are interested, please email meo@blesma.org