This page contains details of the club coaching strategy and photos of our club coaches. please log into the Members area and choose:
Members > Members Info > Our Coaches & how to contact them.
This will bring you to a similar coaching page, the coaches table will be populated with email addresses and contact phone numbers. Our coaches would be delighted to hear from you to chat through flying options and/or to meet up on a hill.
Club Coaching Strategy
1. Information for Club Pilots
Purpose of CSC Coaching
The Cumbrian fells provide a challenging flying environment even for the experienced pilot. For the newly qualified CP, those with little airtime and pilots lacking in mountain flying experience it can appear daunting.
This Coaching Strategy aims to provide a clearly defined and efficient approach to coaching for the benefit of both coaches and the coached.
The overarching aim of the coaching programme is to enable new pilots to fly safely and confidently in the fells. To this end the programme will focus on:
- Developing the skills necessary for safe flying in the mountain environment.
- Imparting knowledge to help participating pilots to make informed flying decisions.
- Helping Club Pilots raise their flying skills to the next level (Pilot).
- Creating a social network to help new members integrate into the club.
Please remember that all coaches are volunteers. Whilst they are often willing to sacrifice some of their own flying time to help others, each individual coach will decide for themselves when they are happy to coach and, specifically, WHAT they are happy to coach. If you feel you need particular help with specific tasks please discuss with individual coaches - or consider booking a day with one of our local schools, Airventures, Escape or Sunsoar.
Who is coaching for?
Any pilot can benefit from the coaching programme though it's generally aimed at lower-airtime pilots (especially those recently qualified at CP level) and pilots new to Cumbria. Pilots must have a minimum of CP and be a BHPA member – bring your BHPA card!
How the coaching is delivered and how you can 'get coached'!
All coaching is delivered to a standard consistent with the BHPA's own coaching standards.
There are two key strands to the CSC coaching offer:
- Practical coaching 'on the hill'
- Flying theory 'in the classroom'
A. Practical coaching 'on the hill'
Coaching on the hill is offered in a variety of formats to suit the needs of different pilots. Pilots can expect to receive the following:
- Discussion and advice on the weather and anticipated flying conditions
- Help in choosing the best flying site
- A site briefing on arrival
- Discussion about aspirations for the coaching session and, if appropriate, agreeing some tasks and goals
- A debrief at the end of the session
- If required and successfully undertaken, sign-off of pilot tasks
Practical coaching 'on the hill' is offered in a range of formats:
- One-to-One coaching
- Pilots at all levels of ability and experience can benefit from one-to-one coaching and are encouraged to do so.
- Importantly, it is up to YOU, the pilot to make contact with the Club Coach – please don't wait for a coach to contact you!
- The name, location, and contact details of CSC Club Coaches can be found by logging on to the member's area of the CSC website and scrolling down to the coaching section. Use these numbers and get in touch! (NB you need to be a club member to access coaches' contact details)
- If pilots prefer, they can contact the club's nominated 'Coaching Contact' who will arrange for you to be hooked-up with a suitable coach. You can get in touch with the 'Coaching Contact' by clicking on this link and sending a message.
- Ad-hoc / Informal coaching
- Any pilot should feel comfortable approaching our coaches at any time whilst out on the hill. Click the coaches tab on this page for current coaches - with photos.
- Coaches will do their best to identify themselves when they are happy to be 'on duty', not least by wearing the distinctive white Club Coach buff and cap.
- Coaching Groups
- These are informal events with no need to book and are aimed primarily at low air time pilots, pilots new to Cumbria, and those non-current.
- Coaching Group days are usually held the first Saturday in every month, April to September. See the Coaching Calendar tab on this page for this year's dates.
- The default meeting place is Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick at 10.30am. Any changes to this, and general information, will be sent out via CSC Website, CSC Forum, text or by all-members email. Pilots wanting to attend should ensure they have access to these options.
- If not flyable, attempts will be made to run the event the following day or weekend. Communication will be by one of the above media.
- Numbers are not officially limited but if a large number of people show up on the day then the group is likely to be split, with different groups being taken by the coaches to different flying sites. This may also happen where groups are clearly at different levels of experience.
NOTE: Specialist coaching group days aimed at more experienced pilots e.g. covering XC flying, may be held from time to time. Further details and planned events of this nature can be found by Dave Ashcroft, CSC's chief coach. You can use this form to contact him.
B. Flying theory 'in the classroom'
The club will aim to run a number of 'classroom' theory sessions to help improve pilot knowledge and complement the practical sessions.
These will normally be held over the winter and, though aimed at lower-airtime and developing pilots, anyone is welcome to come along if they think they might benefit from the session.
Topics will typically include: Pilot Exam Theory; Weather; Safety; Glider control, etc.
Watch out for an e-mail in the Autumn about the theory classes.
There are 21 Club Coaches in the CSC club, all happy to go flying with CP pilots of varying abilities and ambitions. Those recently qualified / wishing to fly new sites / aiming to get their tasks signed off for pilot rating / or even take part in short XC’s. All the coaches are listed on the Coaches tab and are happy to meet up to go flying – just give them a call for a chat or introduce yourself on the hill. There are also two group events:
- To take advantage of flyable spells in the weather there are impromptu coaching days run any day of the week. This will be announced using the Redtails WhatsApp and by members email.
- If you would prefer to pencil in a weekend on the calendar we also have Coaching Group Days once a month between April and September on weekends or bank holidays. These dates (below) might vary to suit the weather, so they will be confirmed by e-mail to members a couple of days in advance.
If you wish to receive text notifications about coaching events, just text me your name asking to be coached. Whether coaching has been advertised by WhatsApp, e-mail or text, it is important to meet up with the coach organising the day at an agreed place and time. Here the coach can give an initial brief, and more importantly exchange mobile numbers to ‘sign-off’ at the end of the day. As our hills are so big, meeting on the hill around midday is just asking for trouble. Sometimes it’s necessary to see the landing field before walking up. At take-off the coach will brief you about the site, the weather conditions, and the potential of the day. While unpacking the coach will wander between the pilots and chat one to one about skills, concerns, and equipment. Hopefully there will be a debrief in the landing field or local tavern. Always ‘sign off’ in person or by texting the coach, don’t just wave as you leave the carpark. Radios aren’t essential, but useful. And before I forget, bring your BHPA card with you.
Have an excellent 2019,
Cumbria Soaring Club Chief Coach
The weekend coaching programme for 2019 is detailed below. If you would prefer one- to-one coaching, or coaching outside these proposed dates, please don't hesitate to get in touch with any coach you like the look of (!) - or use this form to request a coaching contact. We aim for coaching to take place each month on one of the dates shown below - it all depends on the weather.
5 or 6 April
4, 5 or 6 May
8 or 9 June
6 or 7 July
3 or 4 Aug
7 or 8 Sept
|Coach Name||Area||Availability||Mug Shot|
|David Ashcroft||West Cumbria||Weekends|
|Richard Bungay||North Cumbria||Weekends|
|Ed Cleasby||Cumbria||All Week|
|Gordon Coulthard||North Cumbria||Weekends|
|Brian Doub||North Cumbria||All Week|
|Malcolm Grout||North Cumbria||All Week|
|Mike Harper||North Cumbria. Available Mondays as well||Weekends|
|James Harrison||North Cumbria||All Week|
|Ian Henderson||South Lakes||All Week|
|James Jackson||North Cumbria||Weekends|
|Ben Keayes||All Areas||All Week|
|Jackie Knights||North Cumbria||All Week|
|Jan Little||North Cumbria||All Week|
|Chris Little||North Cumbria||Weekends|
|Rick Livingstone||North Cumbria||All Week|
|Jaysen Metcalfe||West and South Cumbria||All Week|
|Tim Oliver||South Lakes||Weekends|
|Karen Preston||North Cumbria||All Week|
|Graeme Stephenson||North Cumbria||All Week|
|Steve Thwaites||South Lakes||All Week|
|Peter White||North Cumbria||All Week|