Ramblers Drop Zone Action ⭐️ e-News #508 (21 March – 3 April 2022)

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

 Bonnie S – Completed AFF
 Brad P – Completed AFF
 Savannah N – Completed AFF
 Rosie M – Completed AFF
 Chris M – Completed AFF
 Michael McC – Completed AFF
 Luke M – Completed AFF

 Liam O’B – B Certificate
 Tom C – B Certificate
 Oliver B – High Pull/ Flock/ B-Rels Complete
 Robin Spedding – Tandem Rating
 John H – 600th Jump
 Natisha Dingle – 483.61 km – New Australian Female Record
 Natisha Dingle – 488.21 km – New Australian Female Record

 Jesse J – Wing suit flight
 Sara Apalais – CI Temporary
 Kahl S – 30th Birthday
 Ben P – Nationals Blast
 Bonnie S – A Licence
 Shane T– 1st Comp Average 500km/h


Nick tandem (Saturday, 19th March) – Photo Andy

Monday 21st March – Great start to the week, there were 57 jumpers here and 4 loads were done. Our Tandems today were Vicki J, Nicholas S and Scott W.

And our newest student Adrian S did Stage 1 of his AFF Course. Bonnie S did Stages 5 & 6 and Savannah N did Stages 8 & 9 – completing her AFF Course.  Congratulations!

Scott Tandem exit – Photo by OliM
Bonnie AFF Stage 6
Savannah ready to go on AFF Stage 8

Tuesday saw five loads done. Our only Tandem for today was Mark S.

Adrian S continued his course and did Stages 2, 3 & 4. Bonnie S stuck around and did Stages 7, 8 & 9 – completing her AFF Course, another Congratulations !

Adrian ready for AFF Stage 2
Adrian AFF Stage 3
Adrian doing great on AFF Stage 4 – Photos by Sara

On Wednesday a group of 10 Tandems showed up and had a ball! Chace B, Ethan C, Christian H, Taylor H, Jacob J, Aliyah M, Ben P, Zachary P, Antonio S and Steven T all got their knees in the breeze (and had a ball!).

Adrian S was still around and did AFF Stages 5 & 6. And Tom Smiley did his B-Rel jump 6.2.

Skydivers were here training for the National Skydiving Champs. 37 jumpers got 7 loads done.

Christian tandem freefall – Photo Oli
Aliyah loving her tandem – Photo Sara
Ben in tandem with Oli – Photo Shelby
Zack tandem freefall – Photo OliM
Antonio all smiles
Steven loving his jump
Group photo of US Military tandems – Photo by Sara
All Americans who did tandems along with Ramblers tandem masters – Photo Kristina
Adrian on AFF Stage 5 – doing great – Photos by Sara
Adrian AFF Stage 6 – Photot OliM
Tom Smiley B-Rel 6.2 – Photo Bibi

Thursday was also pretty busy. Nationals competitors were training. There were 25 jumpers and 6 loads were done.
Our only Tandem today was Brian H.
Student Brad P did his AFF Stage 9 – completing his AFF Course, congratulations number 3 for the week!

On Friday about 40 competitors got the plane in the air 8 times – between weather holds!
Our Tandems today were Mathew J and Chaz T.

On Saturday the 2022 Virtual Australian Skydiving Championships were underway. Only 8 loads got done due to the weather.

Our two Tandems today were Graham B and Ashlee C.

Graham tandem – Photo Gavin
Steve Fitch coming in for a landing at Toogoolawah after a work jump for the APF during the Australian National Skydiving Championships, March 2022 – Photo by David Brown.

Monday 28th – The weather intensified and minor flooding kept everyone on the DZ for most of the day.

No getting in or out today – photo by Skydive Ramblers
The condition of Nordkamp’s Crossing at 1pm – it had been much higher –  Photo Lynette

The Drop Zone was closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Thursday 31st the weather came good, sort of. There were 44 jumpers on 8 loads were done.
Our Tandems today were Tyan W and Ron W.
Our newest students Luke M and Jackson D did Stages 1, 2, 3 & 4 of the AFF Course.

Jackson TAF Stage 1
Jackson ready for AFF Stage 2 – Photos by Sara
Luke AFF Stage 4 – Photo Shelby

Friday 1st April – The Nationals re-commenced. Weather perfect! There were 61 competitors and jumpers here and 16 loads were done.

Our Tandems today were Tara W and Wilson X.
And Luke M and Jackson D did Stages 5, 6 & 7 of their AFF Courses.

Tara under canopy
Luke AFF Stage 5 – flying by himself for the first time
Luke AFF Stage 6 – doing some turns
Luke AFF Stage 7 – back loops – Photos by Adrian

Saturday was huge! There were 96 jumpers here including competitors and 21 loads were flown.

Our Tandems today were Michael W, Cecilia B M, Tricia B, Nicholas B, Rebecca C and Kristyn M.

Students Luke M did Stage 7, Jackson D did Stage 8 and Rosie M did Stage 9 – completing her AFF Course, Congratulations again in order!

Luke AFF Stage 8 – tracking for dayz – Photo by Adrian

The 2022 Virtual Australian Skydiving Championships wound up on Sunday. 14 loads were flown and 79 jumpers made the most of the good weather.

More Tandems today, Rhennon D, Victoria F R and Elissa M all took to the skies.

New AFF students arrived. Harley P did TAFF Stage 1, Brandon G and Helen H did Stages 1, 2 & 3. Brianna R did Stages 7 & 8, and Luke M did Stage 9 – completing his AFF Course, and yet another Congratulations!

Rhen loving his tandem – Photo Sara
Victoria tandem exit
Elissa tandem freefall – Photos by Adrian
Harley TAFF Stage 1 – doing great – Photo by Sara
Brandon TAFF stage 1 – doing great – photo by Tyla
Brandon ready for AFF Stage 2 – Photo by Sara
Brandon AFF Stage 3  – DOING GREAT – Photo Chris

What a couple of weeks! National Championships, record loads in a day, bad weather, lots of Tandems and fun jumpers plus heaps of new people starting skydiving and 5 Stage 9 AFF graduates.

Quick Links

2022 Virtual Australian Skydiving Championships in AE, CF, FS, VFS, SS, WS

See ya,

Macca and Team Ramblers.

Reviews & Visitor Book Comments

Nick S – That was insane, Adrian is a legend – Thanks!!!

Vicki J – Totally awesome

Ethan C – Would do again!  Had the time of my life

Zachary C – Had a blast and best day I have had

Aliyah M – Best experience ever!  Super Addictive!  Sara!  Thank you for the greatest experience of my life thus far!  Thank you Ramblers!

Chace B – Awesome experience

Taylor H – It was so blissful and incredible.  Thank you soooo much!

Christian H – Thank you for an incredible experience and checking off an item off the bucket list!

Jacqui J – The craziest experience ever!!!!

Graham B – The best I’ve had.

Clancy K– The best ever experience I’ve ever had!!! Best B-Day!!! 🤍

Dad K – I’m proud of my daughter.  Happy Birthday 🤍Dad.

Johannes F – Quite the surprise!

Frame-Xavier-F – Perfect Birthday Present

Tara W – Crazy Fun Experience!!!

Wilson X – Thank you so much XX Special thanks to Robin, I think my bf got a man crush on you 🤍


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This is the place for your AFF Skydive Course! It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life and in no small part due to the great people at the Toogoolawah dropzone. I highly recommend this place for those considering learning how to throw themselves out of a perfectly good airplane. You won't regret your decision.

Sean B.

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