Welcome to the Grupa 303 Paragliding Club in the UK. The Club was founded in 2007 after few flying buddies, who recently came to the UK, decided to organise themselves and make flying together easier. Then came this website to allow the communication and easy exchange of information with regards to paragliding in the UK.
The Club's name was chosen to commemorate the heroes of the RAF Squadron 303, one of the 16 Polish squadrons during WWII. It was the most succesful, higest scoring RAF squadron during the Battle of Britain.
Grupa 303 is proudly part of the BHPA (British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) since 2010. We currently have many members from all over the UK, who take part in all aspects of our sport such as Cross Country flying, competitions etc. Our goal is the same as when we started - to fly together and have fun. See you in the sky!
This year's Big Party was on the 21th of October in beautiful Peak District. We've had big bonfire with sausages on the stick, tender pork on the barbeque and two long nights of dancing till the morning light. We'll see you again next year in the same place on the 4th of Oct. (Link to the Event page)
Weather seems to awesome this year, people fly all the time and with the experience they get better results. In May one of the pilots who improved theis distance and got new Personal Best is Marek Pokrzyk. On May 19th he flew 45km
Other flights from the same day: Ludek M 39.2km Marek M 50.7km Michal W 51.5km Krzysztof K 55.7km Jakub R 58.7km Artur L 70.8km Rafał C 76km
First May Bank Holiday gave us some fine flying weather. Grupa 303 Pilots went to south facing Talybont to try their luck at some XC. Its a great place for flying, but to get there you're facing over 40 minutes hike that seems steeper and steeper with every step you take, especially if you're carying over 20kg of kit.
But then you get the reward of wonderful views across unspoilt hills and countryside and height difference that lets you connect with those thermals easier and a second chance if you don't get high the first time.
In 2016 Grupa 303 managed to win XCLeague International and take fourth place in the UK classification, so there is a room for improvement :) To encourage more pilots to take part we decided to present every member of G303 who will put at least 6 flights for our club on the XCLeague platform with a special neck warmer. More information at xcleague.com For more info please contact our Competition Officer Tomasz Janikowski.
Recently our Club gained five more Club Coaches. Rafał Cypcar, Tadek Gąsiorek, Marcin Gmiński (powered paraglider), Jarek Kisielewski and Rafał Talarek took part in a regularly organised BHPA course. They can now help young pilots with site briefings and generally settling down within the Club. You can find their details in Club Coach page on our website. Thank you guys.