Ramblers Drop Zone Action ⭐️ e-News #514 (6-12 June 2022)

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Alexander Y – Completed AFF
Riva D – Completed AFF
Josh B – Completed AFF
Hayden C – Completed AFF

Jayden W – 1st Mate to Do AFF (Riva)
Alan – First Camera Jump
Hunter – New PB – 462 km/hr
Nevan – 100th Jump
Alan R – 200th Jump

Aussie Women’s 19-way Star Record

Beatrice Argenti Natisha Dingle Laura Fitzpatrick Kristina Hicks Susan Mclachlan Skye Parsons Melinda Sims Anna Van Der Vlugt Jag Wei Nicole Kearns Kristina Provci Dawn Adams Catherine Brown Karen Fuller Emily Hatfield Terry Irving Caroline Loh Tayia Merrett Maria Rau Kristan Fischer – Camerman Michael Young – Cameraman

Aussie Women’s 19-way Star Record – photo by Kristen Fischer

Monday 6th June – Another week and another first jumper, Riva D did Stage 1 of his AFF Course.  We did five loads altogether with only 8 jumpers here.

Riva TAFF Stage 1 – photo Adrian

Tuesday was even better. There were 7 loads done and 24 jumpers here. Tandems for today were Brendan V, and Eloise S-S.

Students did lots of AFF. Riva D did Stages 2, 3 & 4,  Kye R & Alexander Y did Stages 5, 6 & 7, and Iggy McG did Stage 7. Rimba D did a Refresher. B-Rel Coach jumps done by Emily McG and Tamblyn N. It was a good day!

Riva ready for Stage 2 – photo Sara
Kye AFF Stage 5
Kye AFF Stage 6 – turns
Kye AFF Stage 7 – tracking – photos by OliM
Alex AFF Stage 5 – flying by himself for the first time
Alex AFF Stage 6 – good times
Alex diving into AFF Stage 7 – photos by Adrian
Rimba Refresher – photo Sara
Emily B-Rel 2.3
Tamblyn B-Rel 3 – photos by Bibi

On Wednesday Student Hohepa W (Hoops) was back for AFF Stages 2 & 3. Riva D did Stages 5 & 6 and Alexander Y did Stages 8 & 9, – completing his AFF Course. Congratulations!

7 B-Rel Coach jumps were also done. Emily McG, Helen H, Riva D, Jayden W and Tamblyn N all got stuck into it. There were 3 loads done by 19 jumpers.

Hoops looking good on AFF Stage 4
Riva doing great on AFF Stage 5 – photos by Sara
Emily B-Rel 4 – photo Bibi
Emily B-Rel 5 – photo Saeran
Emily B-Rel 5 – outside Kurt
Emily B-Rel 5 outside Kurt – photos by Bibi
Helen Refresher – photo OliM
Tamblyn B-Rel 4 – photo Bibi

On Thursday there was lots more student activity. Watane W did Stage 3, Hohepa W and Jay T did Stages 4 & 5 and Riva D did Stages 8 & 9, – completing his AFF Course.  Another Congratulations! And Tiana H and Jayden W did some B-Rel Coach jumps. There were 4 loads done today and 27 jumpers did them!

Watane AFF Stage 3 – photo OliM
Hoops AFF Stage 4 – photo Sara
Hoops frothin’ on AFF Stage 5 – photo Robin
Jay AFF Stage 4 – photo OliM
Jay doing great AFF Stage 5 – photo Sara
Tia B-Rel 4 – photo Adrian

Friday started with some interstate girls arriving for the Aussie Girl Record Star Event.

Our students were active. Wade Y-T did Stage 2,  Mark C did Stages 4 & 5, and Iggy McG did Stage 8. Christer G and Scott R Did some B-Rel Coach jumps for their B-Certificate. There were 43 jumpers here and 7 loads done.

Wade TAFF Stage 2 delta – photo OliM
Coley AFF Stage 5 – flying by himself for the first time – photo Adrian
Coley AFF Stage 5 with Adrian – Photo Chris
Iggy Hi-5 on AFF Stage 8 – photo Robin
Scott Refresher – photo Chris
Christer B-Rel 1 dock – photo OliM

Saturday was busy and a bit windy. It didn’t stop the Ladies practicing for their record attempt. They did 5 practice jumps!

Tandems for today were Finn T, Mena C and Ella C.

New students Luke P & Elizabeth S did their Stage 1 after a day in the classroom. The winds earlier were just manageable for the lesser experienced and Adam W did Stages 2, 3 & 4, Matthew K did Stages 3, 4 & 5, Jesse C-C did Stages 5 & 6, Nanci Daniele G did Stage 6, and Jade C & Mark C did Stages 6 & 7.  Josh B and Hayden C did Stages 7, 8 & 9, – completing their AFF Courses. That’s four for the week! Well done and Congratulations.

Intermediates Christer G, Cye K, Hossein M, Jayden W, Nanci Daniele G and Scott R all did B-Rel Coach jumps.

There were 20 loads including the 5 formation loads for the girls.

Finn loving his tandem – photo OliM
Mena tandem exit – photo Adrian
Liz TAFF Stage 1 – photo OliM
Adam ready for AFF Stage 2
Adam AFF Stage 3
Adam AFF Stage 5 – photos by Sara
Matt AFF Stage 4 – photo Agwa
Matt AFF Stage 5 – photo Weaver
Jesse AFF Stage 6 – photo Agwa
Jade AFF Stage 6 – photo Adrian
Jade AFF Stage 7 – dive exit
Jade smashing her AFF Stage 8 – photos by Chris
Coley AFF Stage 6
Coley AFF Stage 7 – photos by OliM
Hayden AFF Stage 8 – tracking for dayz
Hayden AFF Stage 9 – photos by Adrian
Sid learning to fly by himself – photo Sara

Sunday 12th June 2022 marks a milestone for the DZ. It is the 43rd Anniversary of the opening of the Drop Zone, the 12th Anniversary of arrival of Homer, our Cessna Caravan and two days before the commencement of the Drop Zone Swoop Pond!! (We used to have a Queens Birthday Long Weekend on this weekend. Bring it back I say!)

It got a little bit windy as the day went on but it didn’t stop the girls doing formation loads, and it paid off with the girls setting a new Australian Record for a 19 way round Star Formation – Congratulations Lady Sky Gods!

And along with the record attempts our Tandems for today were Nadine W, Lynette T and Catherine H.

Students jumped when they could. Nanci Daniele G did Stage 6, Matthew K did Stages 6 & 7, and Jesse C-C did Stages 7 & 8. Six Coach jumps were done by Jye M, Sitjan L, Nanci Daniele G, Tyla L, Cye K, Chris D and Rangiuru C. There were 17 loads and 70 jumpers here doing them.

What a weekend. And tomorrow Monday it’s the start Learning Curve Camp and on Tuesday it’s the start of the Swoop Pond.

Catherine tandem exit – photo Adrian
Matt AFF Stage 6
Matt tracking AFF Stage 7 – photos by Weaver
Jye B-Rel 2 & 3 – photo Adrian
Cye sailing through B-Rel 2 – photo Chris
Charmaine coaching training – photo Sara

New Australian Women’s 19-way Star Record

A new women’s Australian skydiving record has just been verified by judges! 19 women built a star formation at Skydive Ramblers in Toogoolawah, QLD on Sunday – beating the previous record of 16, set in 2021 at Skydive Nagambie.

“It was such a special moment; participants travelled from all over Australia for this record attempt, something that hasn’t been possible for quite some time due to all the COVID border restrictions and shutdowns. It was great to be able to reunite with amazing women from around the country and work together to achieve something great.”
– Kristina Hicks | Take Charge Coaching | Record Organiser & Coach

Participants: Beatrice Argenti, Natisha Dingle, Laura Fitzpatrick, Kristina Hicks, Susan Mclachlan, Skye Parsons, Melinda Sims, Anna Van Der Vlugt, Jag Wei, Nicole Kearns, Kristina Provci, Dawn Adams, Catherine Brown, Karen Fuller, Emily Hatfield, Terry Irving, Caroline Loh, Tayia Merrett, Maria Rau; plus 🎥Camermen Kristan Fischer and Michael Young.

Aussie Women’s 19-way Star Record – photo by Kristen Fischer
Aussie Women’s 19-way Star Record – photo by Kristen Fischer

Chute in the tree… Photo by Skydive Ramblers


See ya,

Macca and Team Ramblers.

Reviews & Visitor Book Comments

 11th June – Finn T: “Awesome, and very scary.  I cried like a baby.”

 12th June – Lyn T: “Fabulous experience for an oldie!  Olly was brilliant at keeping me calm!”


DZ Flashback – Blast From The Past

Visit our Ramblers history webpage for more info…

(to be confirmed…)

Hey guys,
Thanks for running the Learning Curve Camp last week! It was run to your usual high standard and was a very beneficial experience, especially given my lack of currency after the main COVID closures. I thoroughly enjoy attending these weeks and really appreciate the time dedicated by the whole team at Ramblers, including the instructors, manifest, cafe team, aviation crew/pilots, and support staff. You are all legends and I look forward to coming out again in the near future. 
Cheers, Adam.

Adam Parker

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