Gliding Holiday Course


Taking a five day gliding holiday course is an excellent way to learn to fly a glider.

If you already have some experience of flying gliders, we will tailor the course to develop your gliding skills.

5 Day Courses for two people are now available with a 15% discount!



Learn to fly!

You can expect to make two to five flights per day in your 5 day gliding holiday course, ranging from short training flights from a winch launch, through to longer soaring flights of 30 minutes or more.

Contact the office on 01767 677077 to book! 

Five Day Gliding Course Dates for 2021 are as follows:-

  • 24th – 28th May – Fully Booked
  • 21st – 25th June – Fully Booked
  • 5th – 9th July – Fully Booked
  • 19th – 23rd July – Fully Booked
  • 2nd – 6th August – Fully Booked
  • 6th – 10th September – Fully Booked
  • 20th – 24th September – Fully Booked

A five day gliding course includes:-

  • 5 day temporary membership of Cambridge Gliding Club
  • You should expect 2 -5 flights per day
  • Ground school and briefings
  • Pilot’s log book and training record
  • Courses run Monday – Friday (9:00 am – 5:30 pm)
  • The £500 package is made up as follows:-
    • £160 to attend the course
    • £340 of credit for launch and flying costs at members’ rates which should cover flying in a typical week.
  • On completion of the course, there is an option to take up flying membership for an additional charge, discounted from the standard member rate by £160.

Gliding Course Details

As mentioned above, you can expect to make two to five flights per day, ranging from short training flights from a winch launch, through to longer soaring flights of 30 minutes or more.

In addition to winch launches, aero-tow launches or motorglider training flights will also be available for students choosing to take higher launches. Take advantage of this for your early flights to accelerate learning of hands-on flying skills.

In the event that the weather interrupts flying, your instructor will teach you on our new simulator or in the ground school, covering topics such as principles of flight, winch launching, airmanship when soaring, circuit planning and basic meteorology.

Gliding Holiday Course Benefits

During the course, you will increase your flying skills and, if weather permits, soar in our two-seater gliders. As you develop your skills you will be shown how to fly increasing portions of each flight, from take-offs to flying circuits and approaches/landings. In addition you will be shown how the launch point is crewed and take turns in these roles. Advanced students can also expect to progress to stalling and spinning exercises and other exercises required in preparation for solo flight.

Going solo typically requires training over a number of weeks or months and depends on instructor assessment of the readiness of each individual for solo. This will depend on the cumulative time spent airborne, number/type of launches and individual demonstrated ability. Nevertheless, taking a 5 day holiday course will significantly accelerate your path to solo.


To enrol on a course contact the office on 01767 677077.

Please let us know whether you are a beginner or if you have previous flying experience. This will enable us to tailor the course to your requirements.

Spaces on these popular courses are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Food & Accommodation

Accommodation costs and meal costs are additional. For those outside of daily commuting distance and preferring to reside on-site, we are pleased to offer accommodation in our bedrooms on site bookable through the office. Alternatively, bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation are available locally. The kitchen in the clubhouse is available for those wishing to self-cater or make hot drinks. Pre-packed sandwiches and snacks are available for sale from the office.

Course Costs

The course fee of £500 includes temporary membership for the week, tuition, ground school, and a credit of £340 against launch and flying charges at member rates as published on our website. As a guideline, a short training flight from a winch launch costs around £20. For example, a 20-minute flight launched by aerotow costs around £55, and a 30-minute motorglider flight costs around £45. In order to help you manage your budget, students can review their credit in the office and can top this up if necessary to purchase additional flying beyond the course allocation. And at the end of the course, any residual credit can be retained for further flying at the Club, or can be refunded if required.

Places can be reserved with a £160 non-refundable payment. Thereafter costs will depend on the amount of flying that you enjoy. For example, 5 days of intensive flying using aerotow might cost £625 including the reservation fee whilst 5 days of less intensive flying using winch launches might cost £360.

Medical Restrictions

In general, if you satisfy the medical requirements for the normal UK driving licence you should be fine to fly.

However, please note that you will not be able to enrol on a gliding holiday course if you:-

  • weigh more than 16 stone (102 kg);
  • are under 14 years old;
  • are subject to sudden disabling health attacks such as epilepsy.

Small Print

1. Course fees are non-refundable.

2. The flying charges indicated are correct at the time of publication. However, prices are subject to change.

Learn to glide!