The Club

These videos explain very well how a club like ours operates, how a glider works, and the thrill of flying a glider. They are well worth watching.

Dorset Gliding Club video



Being a member

Solo LandingIf you are interested in flying then maybe you should consider a trial lesson. You could also spend some time at Eyres' field to get a feel of the club before making any decision about membership.

Once you are a member of the club instruction is free, yes free! You only pay for the type of launch you have and for the time you spend in the air. All prices are detailed in the price list.

From your first lesson onwards you will follow a syllabus laid down by the British Gliding Association and follow their badge scheme. Instruction will be with one of our qualified instructors in a two seat dual-control glider. Instruction is at your pace, to suit your budget. We do not pressure anyone towards going solo, in fact, some people prefer to always fly with an instructor, we have some members who do not fly at all, they simple enjoy the community of the club.

 Not only can you learn to fly a glider but you will also learn the rules and procedures required for the safe running of the airfield; how to handle gliders and equipment, how launches are managed, how to inspect gliders, equipment and general airfield safety. Once experienced you might also learn how to operate the winch for launching gliders. The emphasis is always on safety both in the air and on the ground.   

As the club is run by its members for its members you are expected to get involved and assist with the operation of the airfield. Running a gliding club needs many varied skills and your skills might complement the existing skill base - as well as learning to fly a glider you might also learn other new skills.

Trial Lesson

The trial lesson lasts for around 15-20 minutes and you will get the opportunity to take the controls and get your first real feel of controlling a glider. If you are hooked then the next step would be membership of the club. You'll be issued with a log book and progress card and your training will commence.

Your early training

Lessons to solo will focus on co-ordinated control of the glider, airmanship, basic navigation, weather, rules of the air and flight theory. The winch launch is the predominant launch type used but you will also have the occassional aerotow launch. There is no fixed time to solo, safety is of paramount importance and you will not be sent solo until such time that you are ready - that could be 60 flights, 260 flights maybe never. Before you fly solo you must also have your GP complete a medical form which is based on the DVLA "fit to drive" requirements.

Your first solo

Your first solo is a flight you will never forget, a memorable occassion, every glider pilot remembers their first solo. During the weeks approaching the time of your solo the training will intensify. You will experience an increased number of simulated cable breaks, you will be quizzed about rules and safety, your flights will include more unusual events to test your response and decision making. You probably won't know it's going to happen until it happens and your instructor does not get into the back seat. You'll fly in a two seat glider on your own for the first time. The sense of achievement is immense.

After solo

Once you have flown solo for the first time for some time, certainly until you reach the bronze standard, you will be required to have check flights with an instructor before you are permitted to go solo. Your instruction continues as you develop your skills as a solo pilot. You will also learn the skills required to aerotow and control the glider whilst following the tug aircraft. You will learn soaring techniques so that you develop the skills to stay in the air for longer periods. Once you achieve the bronze standard and complete the cross-country endorsement you will be eligible for the "glider pilot's licence"

After bronze there is always something else to do. You could aim to complete other badges, silver, gold and diamond. You could take an aerobatic course, compete in competitions, fly cross country courses or maybe take an instructor's course. The choice is yours.

The costs

So, how much does gliding really cost?

Once you have paid your joining fee and annual subscription you pay for your launch type and time in the air on a per minute basis.

As a raw recruit it is recommended that your first flight is and aerotow, so, you pay the aerotow fee and the time in air fee. 

Generally, your flying as a trainee will normally be 2 or 3 winch launches with many flights being relatively short, in the region of 5 minutes. Where possible flights will be longer. So, for a typical days training you pay for the 2, 3 winch launches plus your time in the air.

If conditions permit and you are able to stay in the air longer, say for 20 to 30 minutes, then it is likely that you will only have the one flight that day.

You can calculate typical costs using the price list here. 


Price List for 2023/2024( valid from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024 )

Please note that anyone who takes an introductory flight and then decides to become a member will have their introductory flight fee credited towards their membership fee and will be charged for the introductory flight at club rates.

Those who join as full flying members will be charged an additional one-off joining fee of £80

Introductory Flights

Trial Lesson
One Day Course £250
Introductory Flight£125

Jurassic Coast Run £250

The Mile High Club £250
Group winch POA - Use contact form
Group Aerotow

POA - Use contact form

Subscription New Joiners ( Full flying fee + £80 )
Full flying member  £440
Junior full flying ( under 21 )


Country member (full flying) £220

Junior country (full flying) £110
Associate member

Winch £10 - Junior £4.50
Cable break
Aero-tow - 2000ft


 ... then per 1000ft £10

Club glider per minute in air
£0.44 - Junior £0.22

Facility Fees/Camping Overnight camp
£5.00/Per person per night

Glider facility fee £155
Motor glider/aircraft £200
Caravan £135

Club History

This is the second DGC.
The first was formed in 1929 following a demonstration of ridge soaring at Maiden Newton, close to where 'Hardy's Monument' now stands. This was done by a group of German pilots who toured the country doing demonstration flights.
The Club's first flights were done there, then later from the cliff top West of Lulworth. All launches were by bunjy, landings were usually at the bottom of the slope where the gliders had to be derigged, carried back up and rigged for the next victim.
The early gliders were German stringbags but a couple of 'Wrens' found their way into the Club in the late 1930's.
The Club was disbanded at the outbreak of war in September 1939 and the gliders stored in a garage locally but later requisitioned for flying training.

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