BGA Assistant Instructor Courses

Why instruct?

People instruct for various reasons. Instructing is certainly rewarding; there is little that beats the feeling of helping a trainee pilot to achieve success. Some pilots become an instructor for new challenges. Others to put something back into gliding. Of course all discover that instructing is usually great fun! Training to become an instructor definitely improves flying skills and knowledge. And it feels great to be contributing to such an important club activity.

The BGA assistant instructor course is designed and delivered by very experienced coaches who are committed to equipping BGA instructors with the skills and knowledge they will need to support club members aspirations.

If instructing is something you would like to be involved with, please read on. If you don’t find the information you need, please contact the BGA office.

Course information

BGA Assistant Instructor courses are facilitated by the BGA and delivered at gliding clubs. A significant amount of the training can be carried out at the candidates home club over whatever time period the candidate chooses.

The Assistant Intructor requirements are here.

You can read about the course content in the training handbook.

There is a course fee that contributes to the course coaching costs. Flying fees and other related costs vary according to local arrangements with the club involved. Some clubs sponsor their candidates through reduced flying rates or cash contribution in exchange for commitment. Younger pilots enjoy a significantly reduced course fee and may be eligible for grant funding.

After discussing the matter with your CFI, please contact the BGA office to book a course place. Dates are published below.

Why a modular course?

The course is currently designed to take experienced, current glider pilots and at the end produce capable and confident gliding instructors who can support their club’s training needs. That simply cannot be achieved in a week. So to help spread the time-load, the course is split into three BGA facilitated modules and a club-based preparation module. The module descriptions are;

A module – BGA facilitated ‘Teaching and Learning’ seminar (a weekend)

B module – Locally facilitated club preparation training (flexible – as many days as required)

C module – BGA facilitated training review (a weekend)

D module – BGA facilitated consolidation training (5-7 consecutive days)

The course format is always evolving to ensure that it is as time efficient as is reasonably possible and that it continues to meet course candidates needs.

Who can provide the club based preparation training (B module)?

Any CFI or experienced gliding instructor. This training is usually provided one-on-one at the candidates home club whenever mutually convenient. The required detail is in the training handbook. BGA facilitated ‘Flight Instructor Coach’ seminars are provided for those who feel they need to understand more about training instructors. Any CFI who is in doubt about delivering this preparation training at their club can seek advice from Mike Fox, the BGA Training Standards Manager.

Does completing this course qualify me as an EASA Flight Instructor (Sailplanes)?

By holding a BGA assistant instructor rating (and other required experience, eg hours, etc), a glider pilot who holds a LAPL(S) or SPL can apply to add an EASA FCL FI(S) certificate to their existing SPL or LAPL(S), or include the EASA FCL FI(S) certificate when converting to an SPL or LAPL(S).

When and where are the modules taking place?

This list is periodically updated as courses are arranged. Please contact the office if you need more information.

A Module27th - 28th January 2018London GC (Dunstable)8
C Module4th - 5th March 2017LashamFull
C Module4th - 5th March 2017Norfolk GC (Tibenham)3
C Module1st - 2nd April 2017Border GC - MillfieldFull
C Module29th - 30th April 2017The Gliding Centre (Hus Bos)2
C Module6th - 7th May 2017London GC (Dunstable)1
C Module21st - 22nd April 2018London GC (Dunstable)4
D Module26th Mar 2017 - 1st Apr 2017London GC (Dunstable)3
D Module30th Apr 2017 - 5th May 2017Norfolk GC (Tibenham)4
D Module14th - 19th May 2017SGU - (Portmoak)1
D Module25th Jun 2017 - 1st Jul 2017York GC (Rufforth)3
D Module9th - 15th July 2017Buckminster - Saltby4
D Module24th - 30th July 2017London GC (Dunstable)1
D Module24th - 30th September 2017The Gliding Centre (Hus Bos)3
D Module15th - 21st October 2017Bicester4
D Module23rd - 29th July 2018London GC (Dunstable)4