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  1. Aeronautrixx Literally Has Your Back Life in the sky just keeps getting better for the 13% of us who fly under the influence of two X chromosomes. The latest development? Aeronautrixx -- a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded by skydiver//adventurist Karen Woolem. The org’s goal, as Karen puts it, is “providing education, guidance, sponsorship and resources to help women pursue their aeronautical dreams in a fun and safe manner.” Those are lofty goals, indeed, but Karen -- who is as well-organized as she is dynamic -- isn’t the type to shoot low. To understand where Aeronautrixx is coming from, of course, you first have to understand a little bit about its founder. Karen started jumping 28 years ago, led by the example of her skydiver father. She was 15, and they’d make the long trek down to Skydive Paso Robles from the Monterey Bay Area because Paso was the only driveable DZ that would let such a young pup jump. She made a few less than 100 jumps in that first phase and stopped jumping in 1993, when her rig was grounded. “The question was,” she remembers, “Do I buy new gear, or do I go to college?’ Objectively speaking, it wasn’t really a question. Karen was the first in her family to go to college, and she wanted to place her focus there. As it turns out, a full 15 years passed before she got back into the sport, though she made a few feints in that direction. Finally, in 2009, she got recurrent -- at Hollister, where her dad learned to skydive back in 1988 -- and she’s been jumping ever since. Mostly, Karen describes herself as an RW kinda chick. (Fun fact: When I talk to her, she has just returned from skydiving over the Egyptian pyramids.) Aeronautrixx, interestingly enough, was born of that other major step forward in female-focused skydiving: the Women’s Skydiving Leadership Network. Back in 2016 (when the WSLN was first officially formed), Karen was selected for the first WSLN leadership symposium. She spent a week at Raeford with the event, soaking up the skills, the vibes and the connections. As part of that program, Karen designed a logo for a WSLN t-shirt. The image was strong, feminine, colorful and balls-out bold. She loved it. While a different logo was selected for that original purpose, Karen couldn’t help but realize that she’d created the logo for an effort that was gathering steam in her own imagination. Specifically, she was pondering a personal challenge she’d faced as a female, coming back into the sport: Finding a used container that fit both her and the canopy size she was comfortable with. She’d found it damned near impossible. “Finding a used container that fit me was no problem,” she mueses, “but they were all made for sub-100s; for super-swoopers. When I first came back, was under a 170. I ended up having to rent for what seemed like forever. It was so expensive.” She realized that there was a solution -- and that she could catalyze it. “I knew there were plenty of people out there that have gear to donate,” she adds, “And I thought -- hey! -- if I set up a non-profit, it can be a win-win. People can donate gear that fits smaller people jumping larger canopies -- or any gear they have gathering dust in a closet. Then I can give those guys a tax write-off and get that gear out to women who need it. Now [the recipient is] paying $25 a jump instead of $50 and can take her time to either wait for a long delivery on custom gear or piece together a used setup that fits.” “It’s so expensive getting started in this sport,” Karen adds. “Aeronautrixx aims to make the potential financial burden less of a deterrent for women.” So far, it’s a home run. Aeronautrixx just got a complete setup donated and matched it with a woman who just graduated AFF. Boom. It’s not just containers, either. Karen has partnered up with a craftsman who completely refurbishes and repaints helmets with airplane-grade paint, and those helmets have been gracing the sky in larger numbers with each passing season. In addition to that, Karen is currently working on getting a few complete demo systems co-sponsored with manufacturers. Of course, it’s not just gear that makes a skydiver — so Aeronautrixx covers the skills bases, too. These days, Karen is a WSLN mobile mentor, dually based at Skydive Sebastian (near her current home) and Skydive California (near her west-coast roots). For the past three years, she’s been using Aeronautrixx as a platform to host female-focused skills camps and boogies on both coasts. In October, there’s the Unicorn Boogie at Skydive California; in April, there’s the Mermaid Boogie at Skydive Sebastian; this February (coming right up!) there’s going to be a gold-lamé-festooned disco party at Z-hills. The boogies’ shared core value? Bring women together -- from all over -- and encourage growth and fun in equal measure. The response so far has been phenomenal. “I try to get an all-female roster of organizers,” Karen adds, “to show the newer jumpers that it’s not only men that are leading the pack. And I always try to bring in non-local organizers to give the ladies the chance to jump with other females in the sport that they might not get a chance to jump with.” The formula is certainly working. At the first Mermaid Boogie, Karen was standing in a packed hangar. Stopping in the middle and looking around, she suddenly realized something amusing. “I looked around and it occurred to me, there were no men. We’re turning the Otter with all chicks.” They turned 22 loads that day. At the end of the day, Karen insists that Aeronautrixx is about inclusion. Men are welcomed at Aeronautrixx events -- even issued cheeky “man cards” -- and the sea of costume onesies now includes a fair number of male humans. That’s not at all surprising, considering the unequivocal language of the Aeronautrixx mission statement: “We believe that women can be just as, if not more, badass as our male counterparts.” Well-put and well-proven, no? ---- To donate to Aeronautrixx (or get involved with an event or two), visit the org’s website or Facebook page: https://aeronautrixx.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pg/aeronautrixx/
  2. Boogie dates: 2nd to 7th April 7th to 14th April Come skydiving and land on the beach, every jump if you wish. The DZ is located in Castellon province next to the beach. (Valencian Community) We can also offer any type of coaching from FS to canopy flight courses. If you need it, we also can help you with your accommodation and transportation from the airport. Please contact learnskydiving.co.uk to book.
  3. cassella

    Load Organizing Basics

    Image by Serge Shakuto Relying on the default method is unsatisfying because you may find yourself being the only ‘experienced’ jumper on a load of tandem pairs and AFF students, the odd skydiver on an aircraft with an organized group that you haven’t been invited to join, or one of a few miscellaneous jumpers. In any case, you’ll probably end up with limited choices: punching a hole from 14,000’ or attempting to put together a jump with people whose level of skill and experience you don’t know. Whether you become a load organizer by necessity or by choice, remember that the process of actively organizing a formation skydive is not the same as passively manifesting an aircraft load. The organizing process precedes manifesting and requires you to assume a leadership role over a group of jumpers; it is just like herding cats. “Do I really have to tell people to talk through or walk through the dive flow more than once?” Yes, you do… The first task is to figure out who is willing and able to participate in the jump — record names and evaluate who you are inviting on the load based on their experience level (not just number of jumps) and their competent ability to perform as the dive flow demands. Pay close attention to the number of relatively inexperienced jumpers on a load; the desire to develop the skills of new skydivers should never compromise the safety and well-being of the entire group. Every jumper must be aware of the time required for the pre-jump dirt dive and post-jump debrief as well as the timing of the jump, whether it is the next fuel load or the last load of the day. Inevitably, at least one person will ask “So, what are we doing on this jump?” The answer has more to do with the purpose of the jump and less to do with the specific formation(s) to be built. The purpose affects every aspect of the plan – it may be to develop a new jumper’s skills; to practice for a larger or more complicated formation; or to qualify jumpers for the SCR or SCS award. Sometimes, it may just be to decompress with a no-stress jump after a long day. Based on the purpose of the jump as well as the number and skill level of the jumpers, determine the formation(s) to be built — remember, not every jump has to have multiple transitions. Keep it simple or make it complex by adding variations that stretch the flying skills of the participants; whatever you plan, whether it’s no-contact dives, docking dives, or flying ‘pieces’, focus on orchestrating a safe, enjoyable skydive. You can use a variety of sources to plan formations but you may have to rely on your imagination; one resource is the Wild Lava app, Skydiving Formations, which contains more than one-thousand 2-way to 20-way formations. Image by Serge Shakuto At this stage, you must decide on the exit method and order to facilitate a fast exit in order to maximize working time and to minimize horizontal and vertical separation between jumpers. Consider if the purpose and plan call for a linked or unlinked base piece and how many jumpers are going to be outside the aircraft. While there is a tendency to refer to everyone outside the aircraft as a ‘floater’, true floaters are flyers that will enter the formation later, rather than sooner. Finally, don’t neglect thinking about the location of the videographer — if you relegate the camera guy to the back of the exit order, you may not get the video record of the skydive that you had hoped for. Your capacity for organization and leadership will be tested when it comes time to practice exits and entry order. As the load organizer, you establish flying procedures such as the base / pin combination and whether the plan requires slot-specific docks or not; to prevent traffic jams, you may specify quadrants or sectors to be flown. Preliminary dirt dives can be accomplished wearing jumpsuits without equipment while the last ‘waiting-to-load’ practice has the advantage of allowing everyone to key on jumpsuit and gear color combinations. An often overlooked opportunity during dirt dives is to emphasize flying the formation and the importance of good reverse grips on grippers rather than wrists (or ankles). If there are going to be transitions, ensure that everyone understands the signal and who gives it. The conclusion of the initial dirt dive is probably the best time to brief jumpers on the break-off and deployment altitudes based on experience and/or formation size. Also, depending on the conditions, it may relevant to discuss jump run and exit and opening points as well as who will be spotting the load. Reinforce the landing pattern based on current conditions. If you haven’t done so already, manifest the load and coordinate exit order with other groups / individuals onboard the aircraft: Formation skydivers (belly-to-earth). Free-flying formations (head-down, standing, or sitting). Freefall students with instructors. Tandem pairs. Tracking or angle flying groups. Wingsuit flyers. Once everyone has landed, account for all jumpers on the dive, debrief jumpers, and view the video of the jump. Even if your fellow skydivers don’t specifically thank you, most people do appreciate the work that the load organizer takes on and how the effort adds to the value of the jump. Throughout the process, be willing to accept constructive suggestions and make appropriate changes but know when you’ve reached the good idea cut-off point. Any time that a safety issue arises, address it directly. The process of developing the skills required to structure a formation skydive in a systematic way will test your organizational and leadership abilities; you will find that the results are worth the effort. One final thought, not everyone will agree with your decisions so don’t take any disagreements personally… Load Organizing Checklist Evaluate who you are inviting on the load based on: Experience level (not just number of jumps). Ability to perform as the dive flow demands. Commitment to the time (pre-jump dirt dive and post-jump debrief) required. Reputation for safety and air awareness. Establish the purpose of the jump: Developing new jumpers’ skills. Practicing for a larger or more complicated formation. Qualifying jumpers for the SCR or SCS award. Decompression. Determine the formation(s) to be built. Decide on the exit method: Linked or unlinked base piece. Number of jumpers outside the aircraft. Use of true floaters. Location of videographer. Determine exit order. Brief jumpers on: Jump run and exit / opening points. Transition signals. Break-off and deployment altitudes. Landing pattern. Manifest load and coordinate exit order with other groups / individuals onboard: Formation skydivers (belly-to-earth). Free-flying formations (head-down, standing, or sitting). Freefall students with instructors. Tandem pairs. Tracking or angle flying groups. Wingsuit flyers. Designate a spotter. Conduct dirt dives to practice exits and entry order. Establish flying procedures: Base / pin combination. Slot-specific. Not-slot-specific. Quadrants. Account for all jumpers on the jump. Debrief jumpers and view video of the jump.
  4. What do Belgian beers and boogies have in common? Greatness. If you haven't combined both yet, you are missing out. Last chance was at end of July, in Moorsele (west Belgium). The Flanders Boogie is quite possibly the largest boogie in Europe. Not happy with that, the club behind -PCV- makes it also the cheapest. PCV is a non-profit organization, which means that every penny is used to make the club greater, while keeping the jump ticket prices the lowest in the continent -as low as 15€ to 13000ft-. If you aren't convinced yet maybe 3 supervans and 1 grand caravan will tip the balance. An event for every jumper. The Flanders Boogie is an inclusive event in nature. At all levels. The number of jumpers increased over the last few years, reaching now almost 500, from more than 20 different nationalities. There are jumpers from every skill level and discipline. In this day and age, freeflying is the most popular discipline. As such, most of the participants and organizers focused on different forms of freeflying. Every day in the morning participants had to sign up for the desired group. Head up, head down, tracking/tracing or dynamic flying. Each one of these disciplines was further divided in beginner, intermediate or advanced groups. That made it easier to find an appropriate bunch of mates for each flyer. 13 coaches took care of the groups, that had a maximum of 7 participants (+ coach). Do you think that a cheap boogie would have second level coaches? Think again. Ally Milne, David Nimmo, Hedda Andersen, Julian Barthel, Kurt Dockx, Luis Lopez-Mendez, Reed Ramage, Troy Rodway, Rene Terstegen, Kim Van der Horst, Mike Wittenburg, Dylan Poty and Rich Madeley (from Fly Warriors, Fly-In, Airspace, Skydive Empuriabrava, Maktoum, Turbolenza, ...) were the freefly organizers, and some of the best flyers of the planet. Moreover, the all-mighty Gustavo Cabana joined some of the jumps so mere mortals could see the shredding of the most advanced jumps right before each day's party. Don't believe me? Watch the video. Even though freeflying has an important presence in the Boogie, the number of belly jumpers is still very significant. They also had their big share of fun. Quality 4 and 8 ways? That is guaranteed when world champions like Hayabusa are in the house. Big ways (16 and 32 ways)? No problem when Marco Arrigo, Martial Ferre, Lesley Gale, Roy Janssen, Johan Van Eeckhout and Herman Landsman are in charge. Are you a beginner skydiver and you think this boogie is not for you yet? Wrong. Coaches of the club organize fun 4-ways, with one coach and one experienced videoman, where you can learn the basics of relative work, if you are cleared to jump with more people. I told you. This is an inclusive boogie. Wingsuiting is the last big modern group discipline. If massive flocking is how you roll, you'll have a good time here as well. Darren Burke, Benoit Syben, Joran Dekker and Julian Boulle were the bosses in the area this year. If that is not enough, sometimes balloon jumps, high altitude jumps, CRW or cross country jumps are also organized during the Boogie days. Unfortunately the weather made it difficult this year for these activities. Be careful with what you wish. Last year the weather was hot. Too hot. I bet more than one was wishing for cooler weather. I know I did. Wish granted. This year was by far the year with the most challenging weather conditions. Wind, clouds and low temperatures -for being July- were the norm the whole week. Belgian summers tend to be a bit unpredictable, but this level of crappiness is a new high. Multiple weather holds and 500+ jumps limits kept a lot of people on the ground. The plus side? There is a brand new tunnel 15 minutes away, and the motivation was high as soon as the conditions improved a little bit. That's obvious when you notice that we broke a local record: 115 loads in a single day! Nobody wanted to miss the chance when after 5 days we had a day of good weather. More than jumping. The Boogie is also a great opportunity to talk to all the vendors present there. You can see their newest products, talk about them, demo them, try them on and even get measured if you decided to order a new container or suit later on. NZ Aerosports, Icarus, Performance Designs, Aerodyne, Vigil, Cookie, Sonic, SWS, Sife, Parachute Systems, Intrudair, UPT and Boogie Man representatives were there during the boogie with their latests products. Since last year, one of the evenings all the vendors present there organize the vendor's night, where beer and snacks are on them! The sponsors of the Boogie -lots of them present during it- also helped to make it more attractive with awesome prizes during the raffle. The prizes included discounts on products, free gear, tunnel time, t-shirts... you name it. After a legendary day of jumping (or of waiting) you need a legendary night of partying. Did I mention Belgian beer while watching the video of day, edited most days by the master mind of Marcel Leen? Well, I did it now. After it there was live music or DJs to keep the mood high. For some, too high. Maybe the questionable weather was not that bad on some cases. Wrapping up. During 7 days 459 skydivers from 20+ countries made 6904 jumps in 414 loads (16.67 jumpers per load, and 59 loads per day). The weather tried to keep everyone down and in the lowest day just 21 loads went up. The Boogie rebounded and made 115 loads when the conditions were good. Fun was had. Skills were learnt. The sky was shredded. Beer was drank. The wind blew and we blew back. That was stupid but we blame the beer. If you weren't there you missed out. Learn from your mistakes and save the date for 2018. If you were there and you are feeling the Boogie blues maybe watching again the daily videos will cheer you up. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 1. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 2. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 3. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 4. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 5. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 6. Flanders Boogie 2017 - Day 7.
  5. Continued from Part 1 Steady and organic as it has been for three years running, the growth for this particular event is a little more along the “exponential” lines. The biggest boogie Diani had seen before this particular crowd descended was made up of around 30 people; today, almost a hundred jumpers are thronging about the place. They’re poured out in ones, twos and threes on the pillows heaped on princely carved daises. They’re queueing up for smoothies at the bar--a converted Volkswagen bus, painted a cheerful robin’s-egg blue. (The van’s side roof has been removed to reveal a seemingly indefatigable blender and its winking operator--Jimmy, a Kenyan with light eyes, a quick wit and international schooling who’s just about to start on his helicopter pilot’s license.) Two dropzone dogs chase wayward monkeys up the treetrunks. A local taps an endless stack of coconuts with his practiced machete, revealing the restorative nectar inside for the jumpers rustling back in from their beach landings. A dozen packers, tidily kitted out in their official Skydive Diani shirts and swoop shorts, busily compress a steady stream of nylon under thatch roofs. It’s busy here. Not too long ago, this wide lawn would have had a population of perhaps four, give or take--and, reliably, one of those residents would be Ingvild Finvåg. Ingvild’s Viking-blue eyes and honey-blonde, Disney-princess locks announce her provenance with rigorous clarity, even if the mildness of her Nordic lilt does not. Her polished manners and peach-cheeked smiles belie the steady, bulldog resolve that has placed her squarely next to Gary at the heart of the Diani operation. Ingvild did a handful of skydives in her early 20’s, but it didn’t quite take. Seven years later, she moved to Mombasa from Oslo to work the volunteer circuit; this time, it snagged her thoroughly. She landed from her first Skydive Diani jump and essentially never left. Ingvild started her AFF in earnest a week later, logging a hundred jumps within that first season, then quickly going on to earn her TI and AFF instructor ratings. As it turns out, hers was one of the first tandems Skydive Diani had ever done. “I just hung around, jumping all the time, and built up jump numbers,” Ingvild remembers. “I just wanted to be around the drop zone.” Ingvild initially picked up a gig as the dropzone’s marketing liaison; now, she’s General Manager. On this particular afternoon, she’s ensconced at the front desk, working out the details of the catering for tonight’s Christmas party as she scruffles Bonbon, her roly-poly, lambswool dog. Next to Ingvild, Aaron Kitchener--an old friend of Gary’s, who co-runs his Kenyan security firm--is pitching in to run the manifest and make sure the bottomless coffee and tea urns stay full. When the final load goes up, Aaron ambles out from behind the desk, summoning the ground crew to help him unbox, unwrap and light dozens of oil lamps, all in the DZ’s signature blue. By the time the sunset load comes whooping down, the lamps are casting warm pools of light at the feet of the lawn’s tall palm trees, guiding the way to the free beer. If this isn’t paradise, I don’t know what is. We hear the Christmas party before we see it. Kenya Defence Forces Parachute Display Team by Joel StricklandAs we stroll down the long driveway towards the boutique hotel Gary and Ingvild have arranged to host the shindig, the happy chitter of a hundred giddy skydivers comes through the trees to announce that we’ve come to the right place. When we enter the venue, we’re stunned: this is an actual-factual Christmas party, not a cobbled-together skydiverly simalcrum. It’s a pressed-tablecloth affair, with roses and candles and African-themed Christmas crackers at every place setting. Skydivers swish about in showy dresses and ironed collars. Solicitous waiters work their way through the constellation of tables like fish in a reef, wine bottles dipping this way and that. We’re seated with the Kenyan Defense Force parachute demo team, a decorous foursome who, as we draw them out, set about showing us smartphone photos of their farms and families. We work our way together through a splendid little buffet, watching luminarias twinkle around the pool as we tell our stories. As we tuck into our Christmas pudding, a representative of the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority makes his way to the front stage, attired in what must be his full traditional kit. As he sings the dropzone’s praises and hails the rich future of Kenyan airsports, jumpers pepper his speech with happy hoots and hollers. The phenomenon seems a little new to him, but he rolls with it, eventually passing the mic to Gary, who delivers an emotional brief history of the place before introducing a live band. In a handful of minutes, the dance floor is pumping and the pool is splashing. At one point, Jarrett Martin takes advantage of a suitable path to take a flying roll into the deep end. By the time I call it a night, I’ve already written off tomorrow morning. Fair play. Image by Mikael Soderberg It’s certainly not the only morning that we happily write off over the course of the ten-day event. Gary and Ingvild have planned get-togethers for every night we’re together there, and none of them are missable moments. From the outdoor cuddle-puddle movie night to the jump-in “invasion” of the island at the far border of the marine reserve, these are one-event-per-boogie special, but they’re happening every time the sun goes down. There’s the pizza night at the fancypants resort down the road, for instance. After we pass through the massive wooden gates, staff in crisply pressed uniforms with crisply pressed hellos lead us past a succession of rose-petal fountains. Somewhere back beyond the second or third swimming pool, we’re established family-style at long tables and presented with pizzas that would pass the muster of any Italian expat. Someone unfurls a projector screen and hits play on the day tape, which revolves on the axis of some gorgeous flying by Airwax--the French team--as they spin around the tropospheric ballroom with consummate grace. The dazzling footage has the knock-on effect of reminding us that we’re here for skydiving, after all. Several of us immediately order water. On another evening, we pile into the Dornier for sunset inhopps to the Tiwi rivermouth. The takeoff timing leans heavily towards the late side for this strictly VFR airstrip, so we hardly get a peek at the low, golden sprawl of Mombasa and its interwoven estuaries before we’re scrambling out the door. The exit rush and the sudden fall of darkness has me a little discombobulated when I land, so I’m nowhere near prepared for what happens next. As I’m scrabbling up my lines and putting together what just happened, a group of Kenyans marches up from the treeline, surrounding me and the jumper I landed with. Dozens of them. Before I can respond to their sudden arrival, they start singing. And hugging us. And hugging each other. And dancing. And suddenly, we’re spinning in a vortex of big gospel voices, heads thrown back, pouring bouncing, burnt-sugar Swahili into the twilight sky. They eventually let us go after hauling us back in for just one more selfie; just one more enforced nuzzle into a rotund grandmama’s rooster bosom; just one more high five for somebody’s shy preschooler. They wave until we’re hundreds of feet farther on our way towards the barbecue Gary and Ingvild have set up on the banks. As I tromp through the rivermouth dunes towards the glow of headlights and smiling faces, I can’t help but thinking there’s no place like this one. I can’t help counting the days until I return. And next time, I’ll order extra toast for the monkey. Originally published in Blue Skies Magazine
  6. “Hey!” The monkey freezes, holding two pieces of toast overhead like semaphore flags. For a moment, nothing happens. We just stare at each other across the patio table: two primates who want breakfast and are a little startled to find that someone with overlapping priorities has added complications to the goal. For a moment, I think he’s going to set them back down, pat them reassuringly with his long, delicate hands and cast a fulsome grin over his shoulder as he saunters bipedally into the bushes. Instead, he lets loose with a cowabunga screech when I start to rise, tucking both slices under one lanky arm as he uses the other to facilitate an impossible leap to the roof above my head. Once up, he pops his face back over the edge. I’m quite sure he winks. He then chitters his way into the enormous baobab that overhangs the packing huts, clearly satisfied with himself. My companion at the table pours himself another cup of tea, orders more toast and pats his forehead with a napkin. The first load of the morning is on a 30-minute call, but we’re already tugging at our collars. Diani snuggles the equator, so the seasons don’t dance a spring-summer-fall-winter foxtrot; it’s either pretty hot or really hot, and it’s pretty darn hot already before 9AM on this early-December day. The pressing swelter is making us pay for last night, which was spent at the beach bar next door, with several bottles of Tusker and an ill-advised shot of tequila or two, chasing crabs through pools of lamplight on the velvet sand. The heat blossoms up, up, up from where we sit in the sultry seaside jungle, pressing long thermal fingers through the troposphere, summoning a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd of cumulonimbus calvus. These puffy troops stand a daily watch along Diani’s ribbon of powdered-sugar sand; along the impossible blue of the Indian Ocean. Similarly reliable, Kenya’s coastal wind system pumps as reliably as a healthy heart. It pushes consistently and directly down the twelve-mile-long line of the beach, day after day after day. When the ten-minute call goes up, I set my remaining toast back down and smile. It’s time to go play. My companion and I wiggle into our gear and make our way to the dropzone bus, relishing the little puffs of air conditioning that emit from the ceiling vents. Once our motley bunch of boogiers have boarded, we’re underway: two French freefly medalists, fresh from the Mondial; a South African dropzone owner watching his clever daughter giggle her way through AFF; my curly-haired companion, a beguiling Briton who has taken national gold in freefly and freestyle alike; a Russian instructor who has probably never once frowned; Diani’s resident TIs, who look like two different artists’ renderings of Peter Pan; an international assemblage of fun jumpers, representing a comprehensive gamut of languages, disciplines and gear loyalties. As we cobble together an exit order, we scratch down the gravel road from the stately white house and grounds that comprise the dropzone, starting what I can only properly describe as a ten-minute summary of the African experience. The road between the dropzone house and Diani’s Ukunda Airfield is about four and a half kilometers long. That four and a half kilometers starts in earnest with a paved, two-lane road, lined by crayon-box craft stalls and criss-crossed by vervet monkey families. Exuberantly painted tuktuks (“JESUS LOVE! WU-TANG 4EVER! BIG DADDY!”) blast past the bus, signs proclaiming their three-passenger capacity partially obscured by passenger number five’s arm, leg or shopping bag. When we negotiate the sharp turn onto the airstrip road, we’re greeted by a gaggle of tiny children in baggy school uniforms, howling and waving at us through the windows as we bump along. Shiny babies peek shyly from the backs of their mamas who, draped fastidiously in the sherbert wraps of their kikoy, walk with the lulling, rolling cadence of hips that have never been parked at a desk. Imminently pregnant cows march, at their kid shepherd’s behest, to match our forward movement as we pass a series of crumbling tin-roofed shops selling peanuts and airtime; a mission schoolhouse; a braiding salon comprised of a single pink lawn chair; a toilet plumbed directly into the middle of an open yard; a throng of shoeless teenagers in Chinese G-Star polo shirts, singing. The bus driver tries to hurry. I want him to slow down. Once we’ve passed the stern-faced airport soldiers and have bundled out of the bus, I lean down to firm my shoelace ties. I’m jostled by a woman dressed in her shiny-shoed Sunday best, as is often the case in Kenyan airports. She has wandered over to poke at the rig on my back. “Is this a parachute?,” she asks, as I weave to avoid a more comprehensive probing. When I answer in the affirmative, she shakes her head and smiles the wide, crinkle-eyed, hakuna-matata smile that seems to be the Kenyan default. “Say hello to God for me,” she says as she wheels her carry-on through the doors of the tiny terminal. As I try to figure out exactly what she meant by that, I hear the Dornier spin up. Another Diani day has officially begun. Skydiving, as you can see in the faces of the locals, is a relatively new addition to the list of activities on offer at Diani Beach. In fact, as of my first jump at the dropzone, it had been three years almost to the day since Skydive Diani first opened its doors. Though the country’s history in skydiving goes back a decade, Kenya’s skydiving scene had been categorically temporary--a week-long belly boogie, here or there, hosted from borrowed safari bushplanes in different parts of the country. In 2012, a square-jawed British expat named Gary Lincoln-Hope ended up at one of these boogies--which was, fortuitously, taking place in Diani. Gary did his first tandem at age 16. He joined the British army soon thereafter, as a commissioned officer in the parachute regiment, traveling extensively in the process. Though circumstances and conflicting responsibilities prevented him from going through his AFF while he was in the army, it was his first priority when he matriculated. The new skydiver founded a London-based security company and jumped faithfully all weekend long, every good-weather weekend. When he decided to expand his security business to Kenya--a country he’d fallen for during the course of several army training jaunts--he didn’t want to stop jumping. “I had been in Kenya for a little when I happened to come to that boogie,” Gary explains, “And I really enjoyed it. It was a huge buzz. I just knew that there should be a drop zone here in Diani. It didn’t hurt that I was really missing skydiving, because there was nowhere to do it in Kenya and I was based in a place with nowhere to jump. Luckily, I was quite entrepreneurial back then. I didn’t really know anything about skydiving, but I had set up a business here and in the UK, and I reckoned I could make it work.” Within months, Gary found the house, sourced a 206, rushed through some documentation, put the proper requests through to a somewhat baffled aviation authority and--four weeks later--found himself the proud operator of an active dropzone. By the time 2012 was out, it was all systems go. At the time Skydive Diani opened its doors, Gary himself had 300 jumps. Several thousand jumps and all their instructor ratings later, Gary and the team find themselves flying multiple aircraft from the cute to the huge. “Skydive Diani was always intended to be a place to go to jump for fun,” Gary insists, “Fun is now and has always been at the top of the agenda.” “I didn’t do it to make money,” he continues “I did it because I wanted to skydive on weekends. But I got a couple of willing tandem instructors to come over. Business was slow at the start, because the difficulty in Kenya is you are not selling tandems; you are selling the very idea of jumping out of a plane.” “During that first four months,” he continues, “I was jumping every single load, just to build up my own experience and jump numbers so I could through the rating courses. It’s been a long road, but it has steadily, organically grown to what it is now.” Continue reading part 2 Originally published in Blue Skies Magazine
  7. “I’ve always wanted to go skydiving.” I heard someone say this across a crowded dinner table, and I said, “Oh, me too!” Another person said “Well, you should do it.” It was a challenge that I accepted first in 1994 and 5 times since then. I didn’t expect to do it more than once, but the thrill is just too hard to resist. I have no desire to become a solo skydiver, but I love tandem skydiving — where the professional skydiver does all the work and I just hang along for the ride! For my first jump, I really had no idea what to expect. This was pre-YouTube days, so I had only seen skydiving on TV (and nothing specifically about tandem jumping). I knew I would be connected to a professional skydiver, and I now describe the tandem attachment as “you’re wearing the instructor like a backpack.” Here are a few things that will help prepare you for your first tandem skydive… Tandem Skydiving Facts At most places you must be at least 18 years old (take a valid photo ID), with a weight limit of 225 lbs. Loose-fitting clothes are definitely a good idea, as are comfortable, sturdy, fully-attached shoes. No flip flops! I recommend choosing a drop zone that supports the United States Parachute Association rules and regulations. You can use their Drop Zone Locator to find locations near you. Call ahead for a reservation, if you can. However, larger drop zones try to accommodate walk-ins. Prepare to spend several hours at the drop zone — sometimes up to half a day, depending on the weather and the staffing situation at that site. Feel free to take snacks and bottled drinks (no alcohol), in case vending machines are not available. Leave all valuables locked inside your car or with a friend on the ground. There may be lockers for your things, but probably not. There will be a place to leave your car keys. If you wear glasses or contacts, talk to the staff at the jump site to make sure their goggles will protect your eyewear. A couple of jumps ago, I discovered I am becoming more sensitive to motion sickness. For my recent jump, I took a non-drowsy Dramamine and that did the trick. You will watch a video about tandem skydiving that describes the process you will soon participate in. I have seen several versions of this video. Some of them will be similar to the video you might choose to buy of your own jump. While watching the video (or perhaps after), you will review and sign several pages of waivers — including liability and photograph/video releases. The skydiving liability waivers are pretty serious, holding harmless the obvious suspects (your tandem instructor, plane pilot, owner of drop zone, etc.) as well as some unexpected others (people who made and designed the airplane parts and the farmer who owns the field next to the landing site, in case you land in his field. Seriously!!). Read it as thoroughly as you would any legal document that says you are about to participate in a death-defying jump from an airplane. Of course there are risks. Use the Internet to search for skydiving statistics, if that’s what you’re into. Be warned that many statistic sites start off with scary things like skydiving fatalities per year. I know it’s risky, but I have never been overly concerned about it. I guess I buy into the theory that I am more likely to be injured while driving my car to the drop zone than during the actual skydive. Once the paperwork is complete, it will be time to pay the piper. Plan to pay around $200 for a tandem skydive, and up to $100 more for extras like video and pictures. Most places will accept payment by cash, check, or credit card, but ask in advance so you don’t show up unable to pay. Q: What if you change your mind? A: You’ll need to ask the drop zone’s policy on this. One place I went allowed you to change your mind until you stepped in the plane. Another place gave no refunds after you made the payment. Keep in mind that they can’t make you jump out of the plane. You can get all the way to the open door of the plane and decide you don’t want to do it. In that case, enjoy the rest of your expensive plane ride back to the airport! Next, it’s probably time to meet your “jump master” — your very own professional tandem skydiving instructor. All of mine have been guys, so I will refer to the jump master as “he”. He will start to explain the process and your gear. For the record, a tandem jump master has made at least 500 jumps before (and in many cases, several thousand!) and has gone through a rigorous training program. The gear you use will depend on your drop zone, but one thing is universal and that’s your harness & nbsp ; I will tell you right now it is uncomfortable. It’s similar to a rock climbing or rappelling harness and is specifically designed to connect you to your skydiving instructor. Just plan on having a wedgie and a tough time breathing. Remember, you want the harness to be tight and secure! It will connect to your instructor in 4 places: 2 at shoulders and 2 at hips, but you won’t “hook up” until right before you jump out of the plane. You will also be given a pair of goggles to wear. Other gear may include a jump suit and a helmet. The helmet is soft-cloth and more to keep long hair from flying in your face than for real protection. As Jerry Seinfeld said: “If you jump out of that plane and that chute doesn’t open, the helmet is now wearing you for protection!” In a tandem skydive, the instructor wears the parachute pack on his back. The large parachute is specifically designed for tandem skydiving and can safely hold 2 people. There is also a drogue chute that is deployed immediately after exiting the plane. The drogue will help slow down the descent of 2 jumpers to the more normal speed of 120 mph — which is necessary for the parachute to open safely. The parachute is usually deployed at 5,500 feet. There is a secondary reserve chute, and an automatic activation device (AAD) that will open the parachute around 2,000 feet, if it has not already been opened. Once you’re suited up, it’s time to go! I have jumped out of planes about the size of a VW bug and as large as a single-car garage. Smaller planes will require some preparation at the plane, with instruction on how to exit the plane in the air. With a larger plane you’ll walk right in and probably walk right out at 10,000 feet! Regardless of plane size, the ride up in the plane will take about 15 minutes. Enjoy the ride! You will be sitting in front of your skydiving instructor, probably packed in like a sardine along with other skydivers. Try to catch a glimpse of the instructor’s altimeter on the way up — it’s kinda cool to watch it go from 0 to 10,000 feet! (Or higher. My highest jump was from 13,500 feet!) On the way up, the skydiving instructor will tell you what you need to do on your skydive. It will go something like this: • At around 8,000 feet, the instructor will attach himself to your harness. • At 10,000 feet you and he will waddle your way close to the door. (It is not easy to move with a person on your back!) • At the door, you will cross your arms over your chest, lift your feet and hang (!) from your instructor, and lay your head back on his shoulder. • While you are hanging from your instructor, he may lean out of the open doorway several times to view the ground. • When you are over the drop zone, the skydiving instructor will step (or flip!) out of the plane and YOU ARE NOW IN FREE FALL! Remember, you’re falling at 120 mph. • Try to catch a glimpse of the plane as you fall away from it. It will be the only thing up there to give you the perspective of falling. It actually feels like flying. • You will free fall for 45 to 60 seconds. Try to pay attention to every second of it — it goes quickly! The instructor may do some turns left and right. You probably won’t be able to hear the instructor, but he may try to tell you things by speaking directly into your ear. • During free fall, because of your instructor’s body positioning, your body will be in a back bend (or U-shape) position. Keep your knees bent and your feet up between the legs of your instructor. You will receive a tap on your shoulder, meaning that you can open your arms into a “touch down” position. • Around 5,500 feet, the skydiving instructor will deploy the parachute. Expect a sudden jerk that will actually stop your fall and lift you up for a couple of seconds. You will be reminded how tight your harness is! I’ve heard this described as the “trap door” effect. It is at this moment your brain will think “Hey, I’m falling!” • When the parachute is up (or “under canopy”), your instructor will loosen the 2 links at your hips. This will make you much more comfortable. He will be working on all the gear with the parachute. You will be able to easily talk to each other, and at one point he will say, “Hold out your hands and grab these.” Hold on tightly because these will be the parachute toggles! Yep, you’ll be driving the train! He will need both hands free for a very short time while adjusting more gear. Don’t worry, he’ll take them back. • The ride under canopy will be anywhere from 4 to 8 minutes — depending on the weather, your instructor’s personality and your desire to play around. For me, spinning around up there is the highlight of the ride — almost better than free fall. There’s absolutely nothing you can hit! • You will soon realize that things on the ground are getting closer, which means it’s time to think about landing. Your job will be to pull your knees up to your chest. Your instructor will tell you when. Right before the landing, it will feel like the ground is rushing up at you — because it is! Keep those knees up until the skydiving instructor’s feet land on the ground and he says, “Now, just stand up. Perfect landing! Time to celebrate!” Congratulations… You are now a skydiver! A tandem jump can be a one-time thing, or the first step towards becoming a certified solo skydiver. Most drop zones offer accelerated free fall training, if you’re interested. But if not — and you feel the call to jump out of a perfectly good airplane every now and then — don’t say I didn’t warn you!
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    Skydiving – An Extreme Sport

    Skydiving could be a sport that's not as young because it could seem. At the top of the eighteenth century, a European, Andre Garnerin, jumped from a hot air balloon and was thought to be the primary real parachute jumper. Later on jump became necessary for the military and air force. Pilots may appear of a plane and land on earth safely if one thing went wrong. In wars troopers were born off in war zones, typically behind enemy lines. Skydivers also are used once it involves fighting off disasters like bush fires. Competitions in jump square measure command frequently. Events embody landing near a target and playacting athletic movements within the air, in addition as flying in formation. within the previous few years another event, sky water sport, within which a board is connected to a jumper, has become fashionable. cluster jump needs a bunch of parachutists to perform figures whereas in free fall. A parachuter should check their gear to envision if everything is OK. They perpetually carry a backup parachute with them, simply just in case the most chute doesn't open. Steering lines square measure connected to a backpack. With them parachutists will management their direction. Before you jump alone you usually do tandem bicycle jumps with a teacher or Associate in Nursing knowledgeable about jumper. Through such jumps you get accustomed free fall, wind directions and the way to steer. Skydivers should additionally learn plenty of theory. Wind speed and different weather parts square measure vital. Airplanes climb to Associate in Nursing altitude of 7,000 to 15,000 feet (2000 to 4,600 meters) before property out the jumpers. The free fall stage lasts between forty five and eighty seconds. Jumpers reach a speed of up to one hundred thirty miles Associate in Nursing hour (210 kmh). Parachuting needs glorious weather. Jumping in rainy weather or throughout sturdy winds is terribly dangerous. Even though parachuting might not seem to be a sport, jumpers should be physically match before they will jump. Despite the very fact that it's going to appear dangerous, there square measure solely a couple of accidents that happen each year. One of the world’s most known skydivers is that the Austrian, Felix Baumgartner. In 2012 he set a record, once a helium-filled balloon brought him to a height of thirty-nine kilometers. once he jumped he became the primary person to interrupt the drag in free fall. He safely came back to earth regarding ten minutes when going away the capsule.
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    Simple Tips For a great sport.

    Remember once obtaining a camera onto your helmet needed power tools, fastening irons, hot knives and makeshift camera mounts? Um--probably not. It wasn’t see you later past, really, that you just had to own access to a workshop to urge a camera on your head. long ago they were, like, really big, too. And it absolutely was obvious that cameras were issues waiting to happen. Those behemoths could--and frequently did--snap the stuffing’ out of the jumpers’ necks, creating jumpers virtually painfully aware that the camera display further safety concerns. With the arrival of the GOP, jumping with a camera began to appear, well, obvious. simply peel off the insufficient sticker on the mount, slap it somewhere on your helmet, clip within the very little plastic sundries and away you go. Set it and forget it! You won’t even grasp it’s there! ...Until it decides to urge all immodest Associate in Nursing grab one or two of your lines at an disadvantageous moment, that is. Here square measure the key queries you ought be asking yourself before you finish up in an exceedingly spider of your own creating. 1. Ought to I even be jumping this thing? The SÃO truly recommends that you just be the proud bearer of a C license before you jump a camera, which you’ve jumped everything else on your person a minimum of fifty times before. If that causes you to create an enormous, browned off noise, take into account this: your overall body flight and cover skills got to be on the far side reproach before you add the risks and distractions of a camera. 2. What am I truly planning to do if it all goes pear-shaped? You’ll got to build a choice regarding what the precise steps you’ll take if a part of your system finishes up snagged on your camera. bear the individual components: bridle, pilot chute, lines, etc. confer with your S&TA; regarding these details to visualize your intuition. Perhaps, if your helmet permits, you’ll work it with a cutaway system thus your helmet doesn’t impede your life-saving efforts. That said: confer with somebody WHO has truly had to use a quick-release chinstrap setup below force. Yes, it’s nice that they exist. No, they're not failsafe. If you don’t install a cutaway system, you’re planning to have to be compelled to be able to get that helmet off your head yourself. This is, live up to it to mention, not the simplest factor to try and do whereas spinning and plummeting and stuff. If you’re convinced your flimsy-seeming very little mount can pop right off once it counts, re-examine. It looks that, a minimum of once you don’t wish them to come back off, those GOP mounts square measure more durable than they appear. (A ton more durable.) 3. What’s it value to ME to shop for a safer mount? The free mounts that go together with your camera have that one factor going for ‘em: they're, Y2K, free. You don’t have to be compelled to purchase anything. they're gratis. No a lot of exchange of funds concerned. Free, however, generally isn’t the thanks to go. As present as they need become, the venerable GOP wasn't made-up for parachuting. explore the array of sky-specific aftermarket mounts that aim to eliminate that looming snag hazard. raise the camera flyers you admire what mounts they like (and why). 4. Am i able to anti-snag myself within the absence of after-market parts? If you only don’t see yourself shopping for an alternate mount, you shouldn’t simply present your hands and leave it to divinity. you ought to still build the trouble to cut back your snag hazards. The SIAM has some recommendation for industrious Dyers: All edges and potential snag areas ought to be coated, taped or otherwise protected. Necessary snag points on helmet-mounted cameras ought to a minimum of face far from the deploying parachute. A pyramid form of the whole camera mounting system might deflect lines higher than Associate in Nursing egg form. Deflectors will facilitate defend areas that can’t be otherwise changed to cut back issues. All gaps between the helmet and instrumentality, as well as mounting plates, ought to be taped or crammed (hot glue, etc.). Protrusions, like camera sights, ought to be built to gift the smallest amount potential for snags. Ground testing ought to embrace dragging a suspension line over the camera assembly to reveal snag points. That last one is vital, thus I’ve gone ahead and place that sucker in daring. 5. What’s my call altitude? There is little during this life that’s a lot of distracting than obtaining a dangly brake line whorled around your helmet camera and whipping into a brutal spin. The what huh Buckeye State CRAP Buckeye State NO moment turns into get wise OFF get wise OFF get wise OFF and, before you recognize it, your dottier is providing you with the business. So: it’s a wise plan to bump your preparation altitude up little massive to grant you longer to disencumber yourself. a lot of variables need a lot of buffer and, build no mistake, that light-weight very little fluff of a sports camera is a further variable to be reckoned with. 6. is that this factor planning to place ME on the face palm-inducing-incidents list? ...Because that, at the tip of the day, may be a a lot of vital question than “is it on?”
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    Vector Fest 2016

    Vector Festival is the European skydiving event of the summer! Don’t jump a Vector? You’re still invited, and it’s a great reason for you to register before the boogie so you can have a chance to win one. This year’s Vector Festival promises an event of epic proportions! Starting June 21, an all-star squad of 22 organizers and hundreds of participants will converge upon Skydive PINK Klatovy for 6 days of skydiving, entertainment, and catching up with friends and making new ones in an old school boogie atmosphere. Images by Wolfgang Lienbacher Skydive PINK Klatovy will support the boogie with their iconic fleet of 4 Skyvans, promising loads and loads of fun! Balloon jumps are scheduled first thing every morning and the planes will fly through sunset. UPT Vector, PD, and Vigil are sponsoring an incredible crew of organizers who will cater to different disciplines and experience levels throughout the event. Although this isn’t a skills camp, there will be at least two organizers on every load and plenty of opportunity for you to jump your heart out, whether it be in large groups or 1 on 1 coaching. Image by Andrey Veselov A huge group of vendors will be on site throughout the boogie to show you their goods and answer any questions you may have. They are also giving away a ton of free stuff! Prizes can be won daily through the mystery ball drop and Instagram photo contest. Swing through the Vendor Village on Friday night for a party, we heard you can get free beer there! Nightly entertainment is scheduled to keep you satisfied well after the day’s jumping is finished. We have bands and DJs arranged for your listening pleasure as well as giant twister, sumo wrestling, a talent show, a mechanical bull, and more. Saturday night will be one to remember! The circus tent will be converted into a huge foam and laser light party. Come wearing pink and white and anything that glows!
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    ChutingStar Boogie Schedule

    The ChutingStar Boogie Shop had become a dependable presence at many boogies over the past several years, but took 2015 off to focus on new crew members, the DeLand shop move and our new web site. Goodbye 2015 and Hello 2016! It's a brand new year and with a jam packed calendar for the ChutingStar Crew...to include taking the show on the road! Laura Bales, who is celebrating her 5th year at ChutingStar, and more than 10 years of skydiving, will be coming to a drop zone near you as the ChutingStar Boogie Shop is all geared up to travel. You'll be able to spot ChutingStar's Boogie Shop by the large inflatable ChutingStar tent and wind blades. Laura is available throughout each boogie with demo helmets and altimeters, new gear for purchase, general boogie/gear supplies as well as expert advice, swatches and measuring help for new rigs and jumpsuits. Basically everything to keep you in the air! ChutingStar will have demos from Larsen & Brusgaard (altimeters), Square1 (helmets), Cookie (helmets), Tonfly (helmets), Elemental (altimeter) and Alti-2 (altimeters). Laura will also be able to assist with custom orders for all rig and jumpsuit manufacturers, including the popular Tonfly jumpsuits! Furthermore, ChutingStar's Boogie Tent doubles as Boogie Hydration Central with plenty of iced-down GoFast, the ChutingStar Water Cooler and Camelbak Packs, Bottles & Travel Mugs. Here is our current, confirmed Boogie schedule...with more to be added: - January 21-24 @ Everglades - March 11-13 @ Skydive the South 1-Year Anniversary - May 5-8 @ SIS at West TN - May 31-June 5 @ CarolinaFest - July 21-25 @ Redemption - September 1-5 @ BamaFest Any specific gear requests that you want to pickup at any of the boogies we're attending just needs to be communicated to Laura at least 1 day prior to the boogie. You can e-mail her at gear@chutingstar.com , call us at 770-445-4000 ext. 1 or send a note through our Contact Us page at ChutingStar.com. During the boogie, you can reach her directly on the ChutingStar Boogie Batphone at 404-909-2726.
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    History of Sky Diving

    We tend to accept things for the way they are without ever really questioning how they came to be. Which came first? The chicken or the egg? Since the beginning mankind has always wanted to fly but unfortunately gravity has served as a relentless ball and chain that held us down in such times. There had to be a way around it! The concept of falling from the sky dates as far back as the 1100's in China when the Chinese would do what today we call "base jumping"; jumping from cliffs or outcroppings floating to the ground in makeshift parachutes. Later in 1485 the renowned Leonardo Da Vinci sketched the blueprints for the first parachute. It was five hundred and fifteen years later, on the 26th June 2000 that Adrian Nicholas made an exact replica of Da Vinci’s model and had a successful landing. The parachute weighed 187 pounds and was made of rope, canvas, and wood. However, the 10,000 foot jump consisted of Nicholas cutting away at 7,000 feet and using a regular parachute to complete his journey to the ground. The actual history of skydiving starts with french man Andre-Jacques Garnerin, who made successful parachute descents in 1797 using a canvas canopy and a small basket tied beneath a hot air balloon. The first recorded free fall jump is credited to Leslie Irvin in 1919 and the earliest competitive dives date back to the 1930's. Skydiving became much more mainstream once the military began developing parachute technology and used the act of skydiving as a tactical move during World War II. After the war skydiving became much more popular as many returning soldiers took it up and had regular competitions, which led to it becoming a national sport in 1952. Our Chief Instructor will be able to tell you all about that if you would like to know more! The highest recorded skydive in history happened recently, on October 14th, 2012, when 43 year old Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner successfully jumped from 39 kilometers, literally jumping from the edge of space. He is the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power on his descent. His achievement was broadcast on national television and entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.
  13. Skydive Dubai’s Winter Festival runs from December 27 to January 2 at the Desert Campus. Sporting a new format it promises to be even bigger and better than previous years. The winter months can be tough on skydivers, especially those based in cooler climates. As the season slows to a halt, the ominous signs of winter set in around the drop zone. The door on the climb to altitude is opened less frequently, and the shorty summer suits begin to gather dust in the wardrobe. Protective clothing in the guise of t-shirts, gloves, scarves and that second pair of socks, start making their way back into the gear bags. The die-hards still hit the DZ every weekend, but leisurely fun jumpers appear less and less as the temperature at altitude plummets further and further below zero. Those in the know have been preparing for this for months. Instead of straining their necks looking for a possible gap in the clouds, they will be heading for the airport this December. Fast becoming the unmissable boogie of the winter season, and after its unprecedented success last year at Skydive Dubai’s Desert Campus, the Dubai Winter Festival returns with a brand new format that includes a new Advanced Freefly Skills camp. Winterfest attracts skydivers from around the globe, and caters to everyone; from those with a shiny new A-licence to head-down carvers, XRW enthusiasts and wingsuit rodeo heroes. The boogie will run from December 27th to January 2nd, ringing in the New Year with a line-up that would make even the most seasoned pro’s fist pump their way through the exit door. So after increasing that wing loading over the festive season, isn’t it time to swap the grey skies for some sun and sand? You might still need that woolly hat if the air-conditioning gets a bit chilly indoors, but the temperature, ranging in the mid-20’s outside, means that shorty-suit doesn’t need to be retired for the season just yet. Skydive Dubai photo by Brad Merritt “I don’t care what level you’re at. As long as you have a licence you can come out and play with us. We’re going to have small groups … and maybe try to build that up and get some 8-ways, and maybe even some 30-ways.” , said Eliana Rodriguez, co-coach with Skydive Dubai Assar Dubai skydiving team. Load organisers are available for all skill levels and include some of the most well-known names in the skydiving world. For the free flyers, MKTM return to Winterfest this year to continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the sky and the tunnel. They are joined by Azure Freefly’s Brad Merrit, Flight-1 instructor Pablo Hernandez, and Skydive Dubai ninjas Jim Harris and Anas Bekkali to name but a few. MKTM’s fearless leader Mike Wittenburg remarked during last year’s boogie, “The desert has a nice drop zone vibe … and everyone is pretty much guaranteed to have a skill level that they can jump with organisers.” For belly flyers, Eliana Rodriguez, Elena Christova and Craig Girard of Assar Dubai are back to boogie. Laszlo Csizmadia, Jane Oakley, and Regan Tetlow are also amongst the formation skydiving organisers ready to hone and perfect skills of all levels. Videos available from the 2014 Winter Festival available here. The wingsuiters will be led by top athletes Julian Boulle, Micah Couch, and Darren Burke. In an interview last year, Burke commented on his Winter Festival experiences; “The people I’m jumping with, that’s what makes the boogie. I’m just thankful to be here. It’s a pretty cool place.” This year the Winter Festival will also host a new Advanced Freefly Skills Camp, a dedicated 5-day event within the boogie incorporating dynamic, sequential, and angle flying. The aim is to progress skills in smaller groups, eventually combining these teams into larger formations. The camp runs for the first 5 days of the Winter Festival, December 27-31, and costs 3000 AED. Included are 30 organised jumps, dedicated load organiser, in-depth briefs and debriefs, and registration for the entire boogie, so you can keep on jumping! The Advanced Skills camp is for those who can already demonstrate safe and consistent approaches in head-up and head-down orientations, and can fly angles competently on their back and belly. And what about the free stuff you ask? As always the daily raffle will have plenty of surprises, and cash prizes will be awarded for creative videographers entering the Winterfest film competitions. All Winterfest participants will avail of discounted jump tickets and receive the ‘coveted’ Dubai Winterfest t-shirt. Don’t forget the daily videos that is created from you jump videos. There is even free on-site accommodation for pre-registrants, so not a moment is missed. Bring your own camping gear and immerse yourself in the festival vibe, or reserve a bed in the Bedouin tent and chill out under the moon and stars. Get in quick and secure your spot! The onsite hotel right next to operations building offers that bit more luxury. They can be contacted directly at welcomeskydivehotel@gmail.com or by calling +971 50 8842 883. The Sleep Inn Hotel located in Silicon Oasis also provides easy access to the DZ and downtown Dubai, and don’t forget to mention Skydive Dubai to claim your discount. Registration costs 300 AED for the entire week, 100 AED for the weekend only (January 1-2), and is included in the fee for the Advanced Freefly Camp. All fees are payable on arrival. What are you waiting for? Pack that licence and a pair of flip-flops, and come to the sun for the Dubai Winter Festival! Register for the Dubai Winter Festival by filling in the online registration form, follow the Dubai Winter Festival Facebook event page for updates, and tag one and all on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at #skydivedubai. So in the words of 70’s disco idols Baccara, “Yes Sir, I can Boogie!” Skydive Dubai article written by our staff writer Seán Hahessy.
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    Sky Camp Halloween Party

    Halloween is the one day each year when you can be whoever you want, think of an alternative self and have fun of being someone else - if just for a while and when mixed with skydiving, you have something really extraordinary, transforming into a flying demon. In many places around the world the skydiving season is just about to end, and in turn we can look back and summarize past few months. For DZ owners, you can review how your business did. Packers; how are your hands, knees and fingers going? If you are a skydiver - have you accomplished all goals set in the beginning of the season (or have you set the goals in a first place). Was this season safe? What have you learned? Thinking about that serious issues can wait though. Have fun. Squeeze this season like a lemon. Let it go for a while. Enjoy life. Sky Camp in Poland recently hosted their Halloween event, and it looks to have been an amazing party to close out the 2015 season! Photos by KonwentPhotography for Sky Camp DZ in Poland.
  15. SKYDIVE LIVE’s Annual JUMP INTO THE NEW YEAR Boogie 16-19 January 2015 Our PAC750 airplane, friends, raffles, good vibes and lots of jumping in celebration of the New Year! Come on down Thursday night, January 15th, and hangout with us as we prepare for this fun-filled FOUR day weekend event. We have the fastest jump plane in the Florida panhandle - a PAC750 starting up at 9am on Friday, and a Cessna 182 for hop n’ pops. The DZ is 20 acres with 200+ acres of safe “outs” and plenty of space for you to camp out – either pitch a tent or sleep in our 5,000 square foot hangar which is carpeted for packing and is equipped with an personal outdoor shower available for use. RV hookups are available for a small fee and families are always welcome – bounce house and toys for the kids. There will be lots to do each day, weather days we’ll have free courses, camera course, safety and exit order courses, and anything else you request, just give hit us up on our Facebook page, Skydive Live, and ask. The "GoPro pic of the day" gets a free jump, we'll have Last Load of the day Swoop n’ Chugs, load organizers – from belly to free fly, bonfires at night, and more to follow! For the $25 entry fee, you get a free t-shirt, free lunch each day, and one ticket toward any of the raffles. Friday is a Pig Pick’n BBQ. We ask that everyone please bring a side dish. Saturday night, will be catered – Chicken n’ Dumplings, sweet potato casserole, green beans and more, all for $10. Breakfast is available – you can skydive for 4 days straight cause everything from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed is taken care of! No need wasting time running in to town– just have fun! Raffles – 20 minutes in the Paraclete XP tunnel in North Carolina, a free reserve pack job, a full or open face helmet, your choice and more to come. There will be organizers for all levels of FS and Free Fly, several coaches, and riggers on staff. Two Awesome free fly coaches – Matt and Darcy, Darcy will be our FreeFly Load Organizer. Our full time packer is Jerrid – He’ll pack, you just jump! Sandy Grillet will be making an appearance as our load organizer for the weekend. Sandy is a current 4, 8, and 16 way competitor with over 9,600 jumps. He’s as much a coach as he is a load organizer so if you’re looking to improve your belly skills, Sandy is your guy! Julia Secker-Walker is an AFF-I, coach, and videographer with 700+ jumps. She enjoys skydiving in all disciplines and she especially likes jumping with new students! We are excited to have Julia on staff this season! So whether it’s your 5th jump or 5,000th jump come out to Skydive Live @ 5138 County Highway 0605 Defuniak Springs, FL. 32433 (some GPS’s have the Highway 0605 as Jackson Still Cutoff, they are the same) Schedule training/tandems with Dave 910-533-9097 Any DZ questions, call Jim 850-978-4532. Questions or directions, see www.skydivelive.com Looking forward to a great weekend!
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    Report From Baltic Boogie 2015

    Baltic Boogie takes place every year in July in Poland, on peninsula Hel. Only few days a year skydivers can gather in this specific place to benefit from spectacular views and awesome jumps over Baltic Sea. The temporary dropzone is located just in the middle of the narrow piece of land. The landing area is really tiny, wind conditions are often demanding - after all paradise for surfers equates to a lot of waiting for skydivers, which is why there is a jump limit (100 or higher, depending on current conditions) and only licensed skydivers are allowed to jump. However, despite these limitations, the place really is awesome for jumping. Blue to the left, blue to the right and blue above! For some skydivers even one single jump over Jastarnia is worth showing up for. For this year the organizers put a limit of 80 slots, which was booked within 3 weeks from registration opening. Skydivers from 7 countries invaded the northern part of Poland and - more important - the sky above it. Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Sweden, Netherlands, France, UK and Spain. Performance Designs brought demo canopies, Gregor van den Eynden (Sonic Flywear) and Jared Harris (Flyspot windtunnel) were taking care of load organizing, so when it actually was possible to jump, plane was going up and down all day long, right up until sunset. "If only the weather was more skydive-friendly I would be very happy" - says Sebastian Dratwa, boogie organizer - "But we’ve put a lot of work to prepare everything and the time when we were jumping was amazing. Thanks everyone for coming and see you next year!" All pictures have been gathered and prepared by Kuba Konwent, but it's a common work of many skydivers: Kuba Konwent, Carlos (Artur Karwowski), Jared Harris, Sebastian Dratwa, Grzegorz Ciesielski and Marta Molinska.
  17. Image by Brandon Atwood Skydive Arizona is hosting the 6th Annual Patriot’s Boogie that benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The SOWF provides full scholarships, and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel killed in operations or training. The SOWF also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families. $25 Registration – Skydive AZ will match and donate 100% to SOWF $20 of each Tandem skydive made during the boogie will be donated to the SOWF $2 of each Lift Ticket during the boogie will be donated to SOWF Registration includes a t-shirt, BBQ, and supports the SOWF. In addition, a raffle is being held. Win 1-hour of Free tunnel time including coaching! $20/raffle ticket and may be purchased at Skydive Arizona’s manifest office or Skyventure Arizona’s main office or the Bent Prop. Ticket sales begin May 29th and the drawing will be held Sunday, July 5th, 2015. Load Organizers: Sara Curtis, Steve Curtis and Ty Losey of Arizona Arsenal Thiago Gomes and Niklas Hemlin of Arizona Airspeed Arizona X-Force AZTC Planes: Skyvans & Otters Games: Swoop Bowling – a Saturday afternoon of fun watching swoopers knock down inflatable bowling pins (or join the fun if you’re a competent swooper!) Pool Party (Sat 7/4) – pool volleyball, beer pong and slip-n-slide-chug (teams of 4 racing by running down & sliding down to chug a beer, fastest team wins!) FREE BBQ for those who registered! FREE boogie beer for those who registered! Prizes for slip-n-slide chug: Jump Tickets, key chains, stickers & Bent Prop Certificates in cool goodie bags. During the event, win awesome prizes from Innovative Parachute Technologies, Ouragan Suits, NZ Aerosports and more for submitting the best patriotic skydiving photo. Submissions need to be entered to melissa@skydiveAZ.com Join us for the Saturday, July 4th Free BBQ and pool party after jumping. And of course, free boogie beer! For event info: http://www.skydiveaz.com/experienced/events/detail/2015/07/04/default-calendar/patriot's-boogie
  18. Introduction The Functional Training and Training Suspended used as a methodological alternative and practice in physical and technical preparation, targeted to sports parachuting, presents as an important tool in learning, maintenance and prevention of structures body of its practitioners. In addition, physical activity proposal aims to promote interaction between practitioners, providing playfulness and well being in the performance of functional activities similar to sports and modality they practice using materials easy to transport, some compounds of similar materials to those used in parachuting and equipment that enable the training of the whole body, including core (body center) in situations such as travel, training camp, wind tunnels, competitions, using the own body weight in the main axes and planes used in free fall. It is understood that these activities would be essential in the routine and in times the physical training of paratroopers beginners, intermediate and advanced, as the akin to the movements that athletes perform during the jump, wind tunnel, pilot Tandem, Fly Cam, folders and other functions inherent in sport.
  19. Skydive Live will be hosting its 2nd annual Spring Break SIS Boogie featuring a PAC-750 (8 minutes to altitude), C-182 for those hop and pops and Marian Sparks, from the Jump For The Rose foundation, to promote awareness of breast cancer for all our skydiving family! There will be organizers for all levels of FS and Freefly, several coaches and riggers on staff. No matter if it’s your 5th jump or 5,000th jump, come on out to Skydive Live @ 5138 County Hwy 0605 Defuniak Springs, FL 32433 on March 27th to the 29th. Water training will be available in exchange for a $20 donation. There will also be a swoop and chug competition. Prices will be $30 @ the door (Including SDL Shirt & Goodie Bag); proceeds will go to the Jump For The Rose foundation to support awareness and research of breast cancer, $26 to 13,000ft, a 26 acre landing area, and miles of safe “outs” in every direction! Skydive Live also has an abundant amount of indoor packing space, camping, and secured parking! Families are ALWAYS welcome to watch you gracefully fall from the sky and with lots to do for the kids! Marian Sparks, founder of Jump For The Rose foundation, mission is raising charitable contributions for The Rose, a Houston, Texas based breast cancer facility. Her mission is to teach, educate and empower others, and has adopted a “no jumper left behind” vision. JFTR is the beacon of light in the dark reality of cancer. The foundation is committed to improve funding, early planning, positive forethought, ground crew, and handling any issues in a positive and productive way before, during and after the support events for the skydivers that have worked so hard to come to JFTR events. JFTR encourages all veteran skydivers in the community to join in on the mission of teaching and giving by jumping in the events and mentoring new jumpers. FREE FOOD – free lunch each day, pot luck on Friday night (please bring a dish), Saturday BBQ dinner. Breakfast and other meals will be available. Camping, hot showers, indoor plumbing, and free food. Who needs to go anywhere?! Just stay and skydive! Our coach Matt loves to Freefly and is willing to teach any discipline. He is an Army instructor, so teaching is already imbedded into him. He will be joining us for the entirety of the boogie!
  20. All Imagery by Raymond Adams What: Fitz Boogie 2015 Where: 168 Paulk Park Rd. Fitzgerald,Ga 31750 When: March 19th - 22nd Why: Great People, Great Vibe, Great Skydives The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Boogie is one of the few stand alone, off DZ, events left. It was born from the original idea Chris Spence had for a backyard boogie, originally held in Bolingbroke,Ga for several years on New Year’s and July 4th. Spence had access to a private airstrip across from his house and would bring in a Cessna 182 for the small events. After a day of jumping there would be food, a bonfire and the occasional adult beverage. After several years, the event grew too popular to continue at the house. A new location was sought out and RoamingDZ was born. The event was held once in Perry,Ga. before the idea for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Boogie came along shortly followed by the connection to the Dublin,Ga. location. The event thrived for many years in Dublin with attendance growing to over 350 by the third year. That same year the line-up of aircraft included two Casa's, a Caravan, a Pac-750, an Alouette helicopter and a Hot Air Balloon. Tragedy struck the 4th year of the event when a canopy collision claimed the lives of Bob Holler and Danny Page. The decision was made to relocate the event after this tragedy as local politics made it impossible to enjoy the boogie as in previous years. If not for the support of many of Spence’s skydiving friends this would have been the end of the event. The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Boogie was held the following year in St.Marys,Ga and stands as the only event Spence has ever held on an active DZ. Which brings us to the current location in Fitzgerald, GA. Suggested by a friend while driving around Georgia looking for a new location, Spence went to check out what was said to be the perfect place to have a boogie; and sure enough, it was. The boogie venue boarders the east side of the Fitzgerald Municipal Airport and their 3000ft turf runway that doubles as the landing area for the skydivers. The area, known as Paulk Park, which includes a reception building that houses registration for the event, as well as check-in for the tandems and a full kitchen to keep all the jumpers well fueled. There are 25 full hookup RV slots as well as plenty of room for camping, on site showers, a washer and dryer, and a 10 acre swoop pond. A large 40x80 packing tent is set up as well as private group/packing tents. Pre Boogie starts on Monday the 16th this year with early arrivals and a fun laid back atmosphere through the setup. You can choose from cooking out with friends, hanging out around the campfires or heading to town for some good eats. We'll have a list of the best places to try. The official start of the boogie is Thursday morning, but with this year’s response we might be able to get a few loads in the air on Wednesday. The boogie generally starts out kind of mild as people begin to arrive as they can, with Friday night bringing a huge influx. By Saturday morning registration is typically well over 200 and I highly expect it to approach 300 this year. Over the years the event has acted as a meeting place for members of Dropzone.com, and there is currently a thread in the forums where users who plan to attend this year's event can place their name. Currently, there are more than 20 site members who plan to attend the 12th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration Boogie What's in store for this year? So far the aircraft line-up includes: the Twin Otter from Skydive Atlanta, the Beech 99 from Skydive the Farm (this may to turn into an Otter), a JetRanger helicopter and a Hot Air Balloon. It's possible a third aircraft will be added. We generally have organizers for most disciplines, and if you can't find an "organizer" I guarantee you can find someone to jump with because that's the kind of jumpers that come to Fitz. Nightly bonfires are an annual tradition. Thursday night tends to be pretty laid back. Friday night features Robby Rob and friends on the mic for entertainment, kind of an open mic/bonfire sing along. Saturday night will have a live band, St. Patrick’s themed party costumes, the ever famous/infamous Stupid Human Skydiver Tricks and a manufacturers sponsored fund raising raffle. Thanks goes out to the following manufacturers for providing raffle donations: Aerodyne - $1,300 off a complete system Chuting Star - to be announced, plus swag Square1 - Gift Certificate and swag Para-Gear - 2x $25 Gift certificates, plus Swag Bevsuits - 25% off a Bevsuit Compass & Crow Studios - $100 & $75 Gift Certificates! Cookie - 50% off a G3 helmet voucher iFly - Voucher for tunnel time good at any location Peregrine Manuf. - $250 of upgrades / options on a new Glide UPT - 2x 30% off base, 15% off options certificates Sunrise Manufacturing - 2x 50% off Base price on a Wings Mountain Khakis - to be announced. Proceeds will be going to a breast cancer organization, yet to be determined. More information can be found at http://FitzBoogie.com/
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    2nd Annual Boogie in Tela, Honduras

    Join us for our 2nd Annual International Boogie in Tela, Honduras 2015 on February 4th - 8th! Enjoy tandem and fun jumps from 14000' with picturesque views of the ocean and coast. We have a Let-410 reserved that can accommodate up to 24 jumpers. Special discounted room rates at a 4 star resort are in process of being negotiated that will include meals! We will be landing right on the beach in front of the beautiful Tela resorts. Bask in the excitement of cheers of hundreds of beach-goers as you land on the beach like a rock star! After a long day of jumping let's kick back with some cold ones and enjoy nightly entertainment provided by the resorts. Please RSVP asap so we can be sure to get rooms reserved for everyone who is interested. For more information please call/text Omar Bardales at 832-215-1493
  22. Photo by Hypoxic Imagine a skydiving vacation over Halloween in Arizona... free registration, discounted jumps, paintball wars dressed in costumes, an off-the-hook costume party, organizers leading your jumps from Arizona Airspeed, Arizona Arsenal and the Arizona Training Center, and jumps from all different kinds of fast airplanes - skyvans, otters and a DC3... Does that sound good? Well, nearly 300 registered participants lived that imagination at Skydive Arizona's Halloween Carnival from October 31st - November 2nd, and if you weren't here - you missed out! Skydive Arizona went all out setting up the desert landscape with scrapped vehicles, planes, hay bales and an awesome sound system to set the stage for the Apocalyptic Zombie Paintball Wars! Over 100 jumpers partook in the first annual games winning jumps and tunnel time. Photo by Hypoxic Rigging Innovations put up this year's grand prize of a free Curve Container for the costume party. Skyventure donated several certificates for tunnel time, Skydive Arizona donated several jump tickets High But Dry Balloons donated 2 free balloon jumps and the Bent Prop threw in a few gift certificates as well. And that was enough motivation to get people to dress up in clever, bizarre, and detailed costumes. A 5-panel judge calculated their scores and awarded these 3 homemade costumes top 3: 1st Place - Wookie/Big Foot (Casey Vanhyhuys) 2nd Place - Pixar Lamp (William Cain) 3rd Place - Magic Carpet Ride (Tomer Falach) Other categories winning prizes were Sexiest Male/Female, Best Group, Best Presentation, Best Product Placement and Most Disturbing. Photo by Niklas Daniel In conjunction to the Carnival, Sara Curtis and Ryan Risberg led a group to prepare for the Head-Up World Record Attempts coming up this November 20-23. Helping them out flying camera were Sam Baker and Nick Blacksher. The success of the camp was building 22 out of a 29-way. Don't miss out on next year's Halloween Carnival! Mark your calendars now, I dare you! Photo by Niklas Daniel Photo by Niklas Daniel Photo by Niklas Daniel Photo by Sam Schwan Photo by Sam Schwan Photo by Niklas Daniel Photo by Niklas Daniel
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    Jesus

    Pray for him jesus be with us we love you alot and we thank you alot for all what you have done for us we really thank you be with us now and forever
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    2014 Annual Patriot's Boogie

    Between the 5th and 6th of July, Skydive Arizona will be hosting their annual Patriot's Boogie. The Patriot's Boogie will raise money in a bid to support the Special Ops Warrior Foundation (SOWF). The SOWF, which was established in 1980 is a non-profit organization that raises money in order to provide college educations to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel that are killed in training or combat. Skydivers are encouraged to come out and celebrate the 4th of July with Skydive Arizona, and give back to the families that have given for the country. In 2010, Skydive Arizona and its patrons managed to raise $5,050 for the SOWF. In 2011, this was surprassed when they managed to raise a total of $8,171. In the year 2012, a total of $7,764 was raised, $7,704 in 2013. Let's see what can be done this year for the children of those personnel who have passed. Fundraising Efforts $25 registration fee matched and donated to the SOWF $2 from every sport jump and $20 from every tandem jump donated to the SOWF $20 raffle tickets for one hour of tunnel time proceeds donated to SOWF Event Highlights $22 lift tickets Arizona Airspeed, Arizona Arsenal, and SDAZ load organizers Event t-shirt with registration Saturday after jumping: Pool party, boogie beer, and BBQ (FREE with registration) PLUS Summer Drink Mix Off (at the pool) - Make up a batch of your favorite summer drink and win prizes! Anyone can enter and win. Pay $5 to taste the entries and cast your vote for the best. All tasting fees will be donated to the SOWF. For more information on this event and others please see www.skydiveaz.com/experienced/events. For more information on the SOWF please see www.specialops.org.
  25. Skydivelive! will be hosting a Memorial Day Boogie, thanking all the fallen heroes by celebrating their lives - by having fun, fast airplanes, friends, raffles, good vibes and lots of jumping. The celebration of life! We have the fastest jump plane in the Florida panhandle - a PAC750 starting 10am on Friday, an R44 helicopter on Saturday and a Cessna 182 for hop n’ pops. The dz is 20 acres with 200+ of acres of safe “out’s” and plenty of space for you to camp out – either pitch a tent or sleep in our 5,000+ square foot hangar which is carpeted for packing and an outdoor shower. RV hookups for a small fee and families are always welcome – bounce house and toys for the kids. There will be lots to do each day. The "GoPro pic of the day" gets a free jump, we'll have Last load of the day Swoop n’ Chugs, load organizers, bonfires at night, and more to follow! For the $25 entry fee, you get a free t-shirt, free lunch each day, and one ticket toward any of the 3 raffles. Friday is pot luck, please bring a dish. Saturday night, free BBQ, Sunday night's dinner will be catered – Ham, sweet potato casserole and more, all for $10. Breakfast available – you can skydive for 4 days straight cause everything is taken care of – just have fun and skydive! Raffles - Gatorz $100 gift certificate, a free reserve pack job, and a Quatro audible altimeter. There will be organizers for all levels of FS and Freefly, several coaches and riggers on staff. So whether it be your 5th jump or 5,000th jump come out to Skydive Live @ 5138 County Highway 0605 Defuniak Springs, FL. 32433 on Memorial Day weekend and help us celebrate all our fallen heroes. About The Instructors Charlene Plante Charlene started skydiving in 2009 and got her coach rating at around 400 jumps, she wanted to make sure she had the skill level and knowledge to provide the best training for student jumpers. She’s all about helping the newer jumpers learn as much as possible, putting education above financial goals. She will gladly help anyone learn to freefly, however you must have at least 100 jumps and have a good set of belly flying skills. Safety is top priority! Dave Rose Dave Rose is an active military member who started skydiving with static line progression in 2000 at Raeford DZ, NC with some extremely experienced and professional instructors. He gained additional experience as a Parachute Demonstrator and Team Leader / Safety and Training Advisor (S&TA;) for the US Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers. During his three years on the Black Daggers he was able to earn his coach rating, tandem rating and his accelerated free fall instructor rating. "The only way our newer skydivers learn, gain experience, and keep interest in the sport is to take the time to mentor and show them that no matter what level of experience you are, skydivers are family and are willing to help, teach and mentor each other." Lou Howk Lou is the resident expert on jumping with a camera. Along with being a coach during the boogie, Saturday morning, at 8am, Lou will be teaching a free safety class on jumping with a camera. Military Free Fall (MFF) for 10 years MFF Jumpmaster for 9 years Former MFF Instructor and MFFI Videographer for US Army for 3 years Former MFF Jumpmaster Instructor for US Army for 1 yr Coach rated for 5 years AFFI rated for 5 years Tandem rated for 4 yrs 1300+ Jumps Schedule training/tandems with Dave 910-922-7240 Questions, see www.skydivelive.com or call Melanie 850-419-3580