The West Coast Soaring Club is the home to paragliding
and hang gliding in the
Vancouver and Fraser Valley regions of British Columbia,
Canada. The coastal
mountains of southwestern Canada boast some of the
best flying on the continent,
with soaring sites to suit all pilot skill levels
and styles. The club's primary
objective is to develop and maintain safe soaring
practices in our area.
Enjoy the site, and come back often!
What's New ...
Springtime, and a new flying season begins ...
We enjoyed great spring flying in the Fraser Valley in April
with lots of nice and high flights from Woodside and Bridal launches.
Many new pilots are being introduced to flying by our local instructors.
Lots of cross country flights were completed by the more adventures pilots.
Several achieved personal bests by completing the 'Fraser Valley Triangle' (aka
the Raymond Challenge). The lower Mackenzie launch in Pemberton has been free of
snow for a few weeks and flying has picked up there considerably
over the last weekends too.
Hope you will have the time to join us flying either at
one of our sites or at one of the events posted below. Please let us know if you
need any information where and how to get in the air!
Contacts are on the ‘About Us’ page or use the chat box below.
Selected dates for upcoming Canadian events and competitions:
- Lumby Air Race: June 7 – 8
- Canadian National Hangliding Championships, Golden: July 12-20
- Willi XC, Golden: July 27 – August 4
- Canadian Nationals Yamaska: August 17-24
Goodbye My Flying Friends ...
It's with much sadness that we say a final goodbye to Joe Miles, a wonderful friend of our local flying community, who passed away
on December 13. We will miss you, Joe.
Please click here to visit Joe's last posting
on the forum from a few years ago. If Joe touched your life in some way, please post your thoughts and condolences there.
WCSC 2013 Annual General Meeting - New Board of Directors
Thanks to all who came out to support the club at the 2012 AGM in Horseshoe Bay. There was some great discussion about the upcoming year, and some reflection
on 2012 and its highs and lows. Congratulations to the 2013 board of directors. Thank you for your service!
Live Chat Box
Use this new live chat for up-to-the-minute weather reports from a launch or an LZ, ride and retrieve updates, and more.
There is new mobile link to use from your smartphone. Bookmark this link - http://www.westcoastsoaringclub.com/chat. Please advise the webmaster of any issues or problems with this page. It is very customizable.
Please email the webmaster with your suggestions, comments, or questions.
BC XC League - Finished for 2012
The BC XC League is finished for. Click here for the BC XC League page, and the final standings.
Check out this neat little app, written by our own Peter Spear. See if you can get your glider to tumble!
Click here for the PG Simulator
in going for a Tandem flight?
courtesy of Angus
Tapper, Queenstown, New Zealand)
you're just checking out paragliding or hang gliding, and would
like to experience what it's all about, the
best way is to take a tandem flight. Almost
anyone can do it, no experience or exceptional
athletic ability required. Click
here for more details on what to expect
from a tandem flight. Paraglider? Hang Glider? Why not try both!
here for a listing of local tandem hang glider and paraglider
schools and pilots who would be happy to take you up for
(Photo courtesy of Fly High Hang Gliding, New York)
Membership Application and Payment
can submit your membership application and/or
renewal online, and pay using Paypal.
that you do not have to be a Paypal member to
pay online. One time credit card payments can be made using Paypal without signing up as an ongoing user. All you need is a major credit
card. You will be given the opportunity
to become a Paypal member when you pay, but this
Also keep in mind that you will still
need to mail in a signed waiver (or deliver it in
person at a meeting, etc.), before your membership
is active. The waiver wording is unchanged for this year, so if you have signed a waiver in the past 3 years, you should not need to resubmit a new signed waiver.
here for the online membership application / renewal
Want to learn
how to fly?
Our sponsor schools
train all year round. Check out our
local flying schools, and other sponsors on the Sponsors
page. We have several local paragliding and hang gliding schools, as well as other options on Vancouver Island, in the Okanagan, and in Alberta.
See the links page
for a listing of additional schools and clubs, or
contact a club
director for more information.
for new gear?
Have something to sell?
West Coast Soaring Club has an active For
Sale area, located on our forum
page. If you're looking for good new and
used hang gliding and paragliding gear, accessories,
clothing, electronics, and sometimes even vehicles,
check it out.
here to view the For Sale forum.
Anyone can view ads, but you must be a registered
forum user to post your own ads. Ads are
free to post.
here to register as a forum user.
You can then log in to the forum, and post your
to contact a WCSC Club Director?
here for the About Us page and a full list of
WCSC board members with contact info.
WCSC Forum - Pilot's Code of Conduct
- Accidents and Incidents are not to be posted on the General Forum (or Chat Box). They may be posted on the Incident Reports forum only, and discussed in the Club Members or Registered Forum Users Only forums.
- Pilots will not report or speculate on accidents/incidents that they did not personally witness.
- Pilots will refrain from making negative or derogatory comments against other pilots on the WCSC public forums (or Chat Box).
18 Dec 2012