Toogs DZ e-News #378 (15-21 April 2019)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Brendt Hughes – Certificate A
Ellen Bingham – Certificate A
Andrew Cook – Certificate A
David Purdie – Certificate A
Adrienne Murray – Certificate A
Wade McCracken – Completed AFF & Certificate A
Terry Frey – Certificate B
Jett Girvin – Certificate C

Learning Curve Camp has arrived. It’s Monday 15th April.  The LCC was off to a great start. Lots of Campers and great coaches got the week going. And as well as the 17 fun jumpers here Jianliang Liu did Stages 2, 3 & 4 of his AFF Course and Wade McCracken did Stages 7, 8 & 9 – completing his AFF. On ya Wade! Harvey Hutchinson was on board videoing every bodies landings for the evening seminars.

Laura going for the backloops – Photo Sara
Eriqa (Q) B-Rel Stage 4 – Photo Shelby

On Tuesday the numbers rose a little. Plus we had two Tandems. Brendan “Harry” Scott and Stamatina White made their big leap!  Jianliang did another AFF. The weather was starting to look grumpy which slowed things a little. Instructor Sara ran a booked out Canopy Handling Course over the next couple of days. There were 4 loads and 25 skydivers here.

Matina’s tandem
Jay AFF Stage 4

By Wednesday good things were happening. Instructors and coaches were kept busy. Sara’s Canopy Handling Course was going great, lots of improvement happening. Nothing like knowing you’re being filmed to help you improve!

New Tandem jumpers Ken Caesar and Lenise Ingleton had a go. Bianca Diamond did AFF Stages 1, 2 & 3 and Zachary McLeay did Stages 2, 3 & 4.  There were 15 loads and 34 jumpers filling them. Lots of good coaching was happening.

Ken tandem exit
Ken in freefall – Photos by Adrian
Lenise rocking her tandem
Bianca TAFF Stage 1 ground training – Photos by Oli M
Bianca AFF Stage 2 – Photo Doyley
Bianca AFF Stage 2 – Photo Robin
Bianca AFF Stage 3 – Photo Doyley
Zach AFF Stage 3
Zach AFF Stage 4 – Photos by Luke

Sara’s Canopy Handling Course

Sara’s Canopy Handling Course – Photo by Karen

A big congratulations to all my canopy course jumpers. Cameron, Cory, Trevor, Max, Eddie, Stilly, Skye, Ellen, and Karen. I had a great 2 days teaching and sharing my knowledge with you all. With all the focus on canopy control lessons and landing techniques everyone excelled without a doubt. The fear of landing has now gone. To all my students keep up your drills and skills and now that your more confidant please don’t go back to your bad habits, Remember to revise what was taught to you throughout the course and don’t get lazy.

Canopy courses like these go to show how much people are NOT doing their in-flight canopy skills and they wonder why they have bad landings. Its great to see jumpers caring about there landings nowadays and the willingness to learn is wonderful to see. Practice will always pay off, read your manuals, ask your instructors and find a coach or mentor and you too can be confidant with your canopy flying.

This course is designed for anyone who struggles with any aspects of canopy control.

Keep tuned for the next Canopy Course

Safe landings


Thursday arrived and Bianca Diamond did AFF Stages 4 & 5 and Zachary McLeay did Stages 5, 6, 7 & 8. There were 7 loads done and 31 jumpers got their knees in the breeze.

Bianca AFF Stage 4 – Photo Doyley
Zac AFF Stage 5
Zac AFF Stage 6 exit
Zac AFF Stage 7 backflips – Photos by Sara
Zac Stage 8 exit – Photo Doyley
Georgi B-Rel Stage 6 – Photo Drewey
Wiley and Erik Angle – Photo Shelby

Our only tandem on Good Friday  was Hannah Kenny. Bianca Diamond did AFF Stage 6.  The weather was getting challenging. We had five new 1st Jump Course students here for the day training. There were 6 loads and the numbers swelled to 45 fun jumpers. It was a terrific LCC despite the grumpy weather. Thanks again to Harvey for a great effort with the landing videos, such a useful, essential part of a LCC. Thanks also to Mason Corby and our regular Instructors and Staff for looking after everybody.

Hannah tandem freefall with Ian – Photo Adrian
Angles with Mason, Smithy, and Drewey – Photo Mason
Angles with Mason, Drewey and Mad Dog – Photo Smithy

A large group of Tandems from UQ came on Saturday including Yingxue “Sherry” Wan, Xuehua “Vivi” Qiao, Jinghu “Ruby” Zhang, Siki Hui, Zaigiao “Molly” Wang, and Xinlu “Luna” Li. Also here for their first taste of tandem skydiving were Sally Sutton and Jacinta Murray.

1st Jump Course students from Friday finally got in the air. Xixiao Chen, Cain Bryan, Aaron Killbey, Josh Mos all did AFF Stage 1. In between rain showers there were 7 loads and 42 fun jumpers, about 15 of whom were getting together for some good old Relative Work.

Viv tandem – Photo Sara
Siki tandem exit
Siki tandem freefall – Photos by Adrian
Siki Hui with tandem master Adrian – Photo Karen
Molly tandem exit
Molly tandem canopy – Photos by Andy
Luna tandem freefall
Luna tandem canopy – Photos by Dave
Abdullah, Ruby, Sherry, Molly, Luna, Vivi, and Siki with their certificates after their jumps – Photo Karen
Jacinta’s tandem – Photo Sara
Aaron’s TAFF Stage 1 – Photo Andy
Josh TAFF Stage 1 – Photo Sara

More big RW loads were going for it on Easter Sunday. The weather was the same! Grumpy! It was great weather for busting through clouds and trying to get down before the rain! Our newest student Sarah Hewett did Stage 1 of her AFF Course. Yixiao Chen did Stage 2. Joshua Mos did Stages 2 & 3. Scott Paten did Stages 5 & 6. Bianca Diamond did Stages 7 & 8 and Laura Johansson Salagean did Stage 8. There were quite a few skydivers here, the party was a beauty and so was the bonfire! It really was a great week in spite of the on again – off again rain squalls.

Sarah, Emily and Sara pre AFF Stage 2
Chen AFF Stage 2
Josh AFF Stage 2 exit
Josh AFF Stage 3 – Photos by Doyley
Bianca AFF Stage 7
Bianca AFF Stage 8 – Photos by Olli

Big Ways (19-20 April) – Video by David Brown

See ya!

Macca and the Ramblers Team.

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Jacinta Murray – Incredible!  The staff are amazing.  Thank you very much.

Ruby Zhang – Really Amazing. Surprise Me.  Relaxing Environment.  A lot of caring from staff.  Thank you!

Siki Hui – It’s really a precious memory.  I’ve never thought I can do that.  Thank you Skydive Ramblers and Adrian.  You’re so handsome and thoughtful!

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My experience of a tandem skydive was for my 40th Birthday. I could not imagine possibly enjoying myself any more than what I did today. Thank you to my tandem guide and the video guys. Instructions were very clear and thorough about what to do, what to expect and I got a great tour guide experience up in the air. I look forward to doing it again.


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