PG Safety
Robin Wallace (PG Safety)
HG Safety
Richard Mosley (HG Safety)

The Wessex HGPG club has two safety officers, one for Paragliding and one for Hang-gliding.

What's the function of the safety officers?

  • They act as a liason between the BHPA and the members of the club ensuring that both parties are fully appraised of matters relating to safety.
  • They ensure that all incidents or accidents are documented and that any lessons learned are passed on to the members.

What to do if i'm involved in an incident or accident?

  • If someone is hurt, administer First Aid.
  • Call the emergency services if necessary (and clear the air-space if an air ambulance if attending - alert other pilots using the club radio frequency 143.925)
  • Where applicable, try and provide "ICE" information to the emergency services:
    This may be found on the reverse of the Wessex HGPG membership card.
    Additionally, recent IPhones and Android phones specifically allow you to define ICE information which is accessible even on a locked phone.
    On a locked phone, press the “Emergency”/ “Emergency Call” option from the phone lock screen and you’ll get a keypad (to phone the emergency services) but you will also get an option to view/phone the ICE contact.
  • Collate details of any witnesses.
  • Make notes of the incident whilst fresh in you memory and before discussing with anyone else.
  • Submit an Incident Report Form.

If an accident occurs and you have to call the emergency services you will be asked the location of the site. Emergency operators can use OS grid references or lat/lon coordinates:

Site OS Grid Ref Latitude* Longitude*
Ballard Down SZ 041 812 50°37′51.36″N 001°56′33.67″W
Barton On Sea SZ 242 929 50°44′08.38″N 001°39′27.84″W
Bell Hill ST 797 086 50°52′37.15″N 002°17′21.08″W
Bullbarrow ST 773 057 50°51′02.95″N 002°19′23.23″W
Corton Denham ST 634 233 51°00′30.11″N 002°31′20.41″W
Cowdown Hill SY 639 999 50°47′52.74″N 002°30′46.41″W
Friar Waddon SY 642 854 50°40′03.41″N 002°30′26.00″W
Kimmeridge SY 926 795 50°36′56.20″N 002°06′18.89″W
Knitson SZ 006 812 50°37′51.41″N 001°59′31.82″W
Maiden Castle SY 667 886 50°41′47.53″N 002°28′19.70″W
Marleycombe SU 023 226 51°00′11.64″N 001°58′04.38″W
Monksdown ST 939 208 50°59′13.27″N 002°05′15.24″W
Okeford Hill ST 813 095 50°53′06.48″N 002°15′59.38″W
Portland East SY 703 719 50°32′47.60″N 002°25′11.38″W
Portland West SY 684 726 50°33′09.91″N 002°26′48.13″W
Ringstead Bay SY 761 822 50°38′22.01″N 002°20′19.09″W
Southbourne SZ 130 913 50°43′17.87″N 001°48′59.38″W
St. Aldhelms Head SY 959 771 50°35′38.62″N 002°03′30.88″W
Swallowcliffe Down ST 980 260 51°02′01.71″N 002°01′45.06″W
White Horse SY 715 844 50°39′32.49″N 002°24′13.88″W
Whitesheet ST 936 237 51°00′47.14″N 002°05′30.81″W
Winkelbury ST 950 213 50°59′29.49″N 002°04′18.85″W
*Lat/long in WGS84