Travel, weather and accommodation Information for the Isle of Wight

Information

We hope the information below will be useful.

Whether you are hoping to fly on the Isle of Wight or abroad, alone or with your family you can find some useful information and links here.

Travelling to the Isle of Wight

There are 3 main operators to get you across the water.
Red Funnel Ferries
Wightlink
Hovertravel

Places to Stay on the Isle of Wight

The following places are owned and run by local Pilots:
The Studio Appartment – Sleeps up to 4. Close to Freshwater Bay.
The Little Barn – Sleeps up to 5. In a rural, peaceful setting. Close to Shorwell.
Grange Farm Holidays – Campsite, Cottages and Static Vans, right on the coast at Brighstone.
Brambles Chine – 2 bedroom holiday bungalow near Colwell Bay . Sleeps up to 6.
The Royal Hotel – Hotel accommodation in Ventnor.
Self Contained Annexe – Totland

If you can’t find what you want above, then a comprehensive accommodation list can be found at Visit Isle of Wight.

Coaching

There are two schools on the Island who teach paragliding and tandem flight experiences:
Paddy Court at High Adventure.
Dave at Butterfly Paragliding.

Ascent Paragliding is run by Aidan Davis (based on the UK mainland). He organises trips abroad, training and flight experiences.

Weather

The weather is all important for safe flying. On the Island we also have to consider the tides. (You don’t want to land in the sea!) Listed below are various weather information sites and tide tables for you to be well informed.

Island Specific:
BBC Tide Tables for Freshwater Bay. Important if you are flying the cliffs on the Isle of Wight.
Met Office weather forecast for St Catherines Point. The southern most tip of the Island.
Bleakdown Weather Station – Shows details of weather conditions, forecasts and trends for the Isle of Wight.
Bramble Bank Weather Reports – For wind reports on the northern coast of the Island.
BBC Inshore Forecast for Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (including the Isle of Wight)

UK General:
Met Office Pressure Charts
RASP – (Regional Atmospheric Soaring Prediction). Provides data and imagery for gliding but can be used by any one in the UK who wants to know their local weather in 30 minute segments. Useful if you want to plan a days cross country flying.
XC Weather – Current weather information taken from instruments at various locations in the UK. The observation maps are updated every 30 minutes.

Insurance

Below are some companies who may insure you for flying holidays. We do not vouch (or get paid!) for any of these companies. You need to research and read their proposal documents carefully to ensure you are sufficiently covered.

Airsports Insurance
Axa
JS Insurance

If you are a Pilot and know of an insurance company that you think might be useful for other pilots do let us know and we can add them to the list.

Paragliding Organisations

BHPA – The British Hang gliding and Paragliding Association
FAI – The World Airsports Federation
Fly Scotland – The name says it all!
IHPA – The Irish Hang gliding and Paragliding Association
HGFA – The Australian Hang gliding and Paragliding Federation
SHPA – The Swiss Hang gliding and Paragliding Association
USHPA – The United States Hang gliding and Paragliding Association

IOWHPC Club Documents

Click on the titles to download a pdf of the document.

The IOWHPC Constitution

Membeship Form

Sites Guide