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Gliding Travel Insurance

If you a planning to Pilot or be a Passenger on a Glider, then you should have a Travel Insurance policy in place before you leave for your trip.

  • Gliding (Passenger)
  • Gliding (Pilot)
  • Gliding (Competition)

Unique to this policy, we cover Search and Rescue up to £50,000 in the event of an accident or injury whilst taking part in Gliding.


Please check the Terms and Conditions for any Restrictions or Exclusions.

To get a quote by telephone or email, contact us on 0800 043 0020 / 01273 092 757 / support@jsinsurance.co.uk

Summary of Cover


Section & Cover Limit Per Person Excess
Medical Expenses and Repatriation £10,000,000 £100
Search & Rescue £50,000 £500
Activity Equipment £1,000 £75
Delayed Activity Equipment £200 -
Activity Equipment Hire £300 -
Legal Expenses £25,000 -
Curtailment £2,000 £100


Section & Cover Limit Per Person Excess
Personal Possessions £2,000 £75
Valuables (incl. mobile phone) £300 £75
Delayed Possessions £200 -
Loss of Personal Money £300 £75
Loss of Travel Documents £1,000 £75
Cancellation £5,000 £100
Travel Disruption £1,000 -
Travel Delay £120 -
Abandonment £5,000 £100

PART C - Optional Independent Traveller

Section & Cover Limit Per Person Excess
Ext. Cancellation or Curtailment £5,000 £100
Ext. Travel Delay £120 -
Ext. Travel Disruption £1,000 -
Accommodation £5,000 £100

Gliding Travel Insurance is arranged for JS Travel Insurance through PJ Hayman & Company Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Register number 497103). Registered office: Stansted House, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire PO9 6DX. Reg no. 2534965. Adventures Travel Insurance is underwritten by Antares Syndicate 1274 at Lloyd’s. Antares is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Search and Rescue

We are able to provide Search and Rescue whilst taking part in Gliding. This is a benefit which covers you up to £50,000 and a Local Rescue Organisation will search, rescue and transfer you to a local hospital or we will repatriate you back to your home country if the medical facilities are not up to our standards.

Search and Rescue costs are covered for a period note exceeding 72 hours from the time at which assistance is first summoned.

We recommend that you provide a copy of your Travel Insurance Certificate and the 24hr Emergency Assistance Telephone Number to a member of your Group.

Important Exclusions

You will not be covered if you are suffering from anxiety, stress, depression or any other mental or nervous disorder on a Single Trip or Annual Multi Trip policy.

Personal Liability and Personal Accident

There is no Personal Liability or Personal Accident cover arising out of ownership, possession, or operation of:

  • Any motorised or mechanically propelled or horse drawn vehicle.
  • Any aircraft, motorised or mechanically propelled watercraft or sailing vessel.
  • Any animal.

History of Gliding

Gliding is in fact the oldest form of Aviation, The Wright Brothers trying out different types of Gliders before successfully completing their first flight (with a Glider).

Gliding is related to other Air Sports such as Hang Gliding and Paragliding because they all use a type of Glider, an aircraft that does not use an engine to fly, but instead depends on rising air currents and its superb aerodynamics.

Although Gliding is a non motorised sport, flights can last up to several hours and can cover hundreds of miles.

Skilled Pilots are able to use air lifts to gain altitude and, by doing so, prolong their flights.

Some pilots may climb to altitudes of 3,000 metres or more by using so called thermal lifts. There are three types of air currents that can be used to glide: Ridge Lifts, Thermal Lifts and Lee Waves.

While experienced Pilots can use one or a combination of those three air currents to stay in the air for many hours, the average gliding flight, especially on holidays, is much shorter than that.

Generally speaking, the safety of the sport is directly influenced by the skill and sense of the Pilot.

A safe Pilot will not fly at sites that are too challenging for his or her skills and will not fly on days when the weather is turbulent.

Pre Existing Medical Conditions

If you have pre existing medical conditions and you plan to participate in Gliding whilst travelling abroad, we are able to provide you with a policy.


Please check the Terms and Conditions for any Restrictions or Exclusions.

Covid-19 / Coronavirus Cover

Our Gliding Travel Insurance can cover you to travel provided the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is not advising against all, or all but essential travel to your destination and it is not on the red list.

All customers must follow the advice of the FCDO at the time of travel and for the duration of their trip.

This includes returning to the UK if the FCDO changes their travel advice based on the risks presented at the time. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Medical Expenses and Repatriation, when medically necessary, if you contract COVID-19 whilst abroad.

European Resident or Already Travelled

Globelink International offers Single Trip and Annual Multi Trip policies if you live in another European country.

This policy will also cover you if you have already left your home country and are already travelling and taking part in Gliding and you need a policy that covers you for the rest of your trip.

When you get a quote online, you will be asked to add EXTRA OPTIONS.

Please make sure you select Hazardous Pursuits Category 4 - so that you are covered for Gliding.


Please check the Policy Wording for any Restrictions or Exclusions.

Useful Websites

British Gliding Association

Sail Plane and Gliding

Travel Insurance Toolkit

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