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Paragliding Travel Insurance

If you are planning a trip and will be Paragliding, you will need a specialist policy to cover this activity.

Selecting Activity Pack 4 will protect you from Paragliding.


Contact us by telephone or email at 0800 043 0020 / 01273 092 757. support@jsinsurance.co.uk

Summary of Cover (per person)

Section & Cover Premier Premier Plus  
Emergency Medical and Repatriation £10,000,000 £10,000,000  
Cancellation or Curtailment £5,000 £10,000  
Personal Baggage £2,000 £3,000  
Sports Equipment £300 £750  
Valuables £600 £750  
Loss of Passport £300 £500  
Gadget Cover £1,000 £1,500  
Trip Abandonment £5,000 £10,000  
Missed Departure / Connection £750 £1,500  
Legal Expenses £25,000 £50,000  

Paragliding Travel Insurance is arranged for JS Travel Insurance through PJ Hayman & Company Limited, 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.

Paragliding Travel Insurance FAQs

1. Does this Travel Insurance cover Paragliding (Amateur Competitions)?

No, it does not. Please go to our Paragliding Competition Travel Insurance page for a quote. 

2. Does your Travel Insurance cover Paragliding outside of Europe?

Yes, it does. The Policy covers Worldwide excl. USA / Canada and Caribbean and Worldwide incl. USA / Canada and the Caribbean.

3. Does this cover Tandem Paragliding? 

Yes, this will cover Tandem Paragliding as long as you are a Qualified Paraglider or the person flying the paraglide is qualified.

Please Note: Pilot or Passenger, you must have Travel Insurance, including Paragliding cover.

4. Can you also do Paramotoring and Hang Gliding on these policies?

Yes, paramotoring is rated for travel insurance purposes the same as paragliding and hang gliders on the same trip with no extra insurance cost.

Please Note: No Personal Liability or Personal Accident is on a Paramotoring policy. 

5. Is Personal Liability Covered?

Yes, Personal Liability is included; however, if you are a member of BHPA, your membership also includes a Third-Party Liability Insurance policy.  

6. Which is safer: Paragliding or Paramotoring?

Pilot error is the cause of most accidents. Paramotoring is when you have control of an engine and are not as exposed to the natural elements needed to Paraglide, such as wind and thermal air, as much as you can control the machine. For both activities, it's important to train correctly and learn slowly.

7. Am I covered if I am injured on the first day of my Paragliding trip?     

Yes, you will be covered for the duration of your trip. That is, if the Medical Advice is that you should return home from the Medical Assistance Company.

8. Is Mountain Rescue covered?

Yes, it is; it is part of the Medical Cover. Should it be deemed necessary by medical assistance, then you will be recovered from the mountain. See the Blog here on Mountain Rescue.

Rescue and Medical Assistance

Any costs incurred if you require Rescue and Emergency transfer to a hospital or clinic.

These costs are covered for a period not exceeding 72 hours from when assistance is first summoned.

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

The Emergency Assistance Company will then arrange the Rescue and Medical Assistance on your behalf.

Paragliding Amateur Competitions

At JS Travel Insurance, we can cover paragliding (amateur) competitions (Europe only) under a specialist policy.

We offer the policies on a non-professional basis. Professional is if you are being paid or receiving any element of sponsorship, fees or prize money exceeding £500.


Types of Paragliding

Solo Paragliding: Flights if experienced or qualified.

Tandem Paragliding: Flights as a Passenger or recreationally as a Passenger or Pilot.

Paragliding Courses / Training: If under the supervision of a Qualified Guide / Instructor.

Paragliding Safety Advice

  • Check the weather before you fly. Wind and Thermal conditions.
  • Learn slowly, and don't be over-ambitious when you start Paragliding.
  • Check your equipment thoroughly before you fly to ensure it is not faulty.
  • Use a Tracking Device such as a Garmin IReach.
  • Advise friends, fellow flyers and local clubs exactly where you will fly.
  • Make sure you get your training at BHPA Registered School.

Common Injuries 

In general, the sport's safety is directly influenced by the skill and sense of the Pilot. A safe Pilot will not fly at sites that are too challenging for their abilities and will not pass on days when the weather is turbulent.

Paragliding accidents occur more frequently when a Pilot is in a foreign country because they are less familiar with the area and climate.

The great exposure of the Pilot's legs and feet to the ground during landing can result in strains, fractures, and broken bones if landings are misjudged or impacted by adverse weather conditions.

Fatalities in Paragliding are rare, but when they do happen, it is often because the Pilot was attempting to push themselves past their limits for a more exciting flight or another goal or due to inexperience when a Pilot is doing something that is strictly warned against.

Useful Websites

Green Dragons Paragliding and Hang Gliding Centre 

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA)

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