Toogs DZ e-News #385 (3-9 June 2019)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Daniel Parkins – Completed AFF
Dennis Liew – Completed AFF & Certificate A
Todd Downsley – Completed AFF & Certificate A
Zea Elmes – Certificate B & C
Thiago Giraldi – Certificate B
Shelby Du Moulin – Certificate E
Benji Green – Head Up Head Down Crest
James Gentle – Wing Suit Crest
Yu Han – 40th Anniversary
John Leach – 2000th Jump & Aussie Big Way Record

Jnr – Happy to be home
Marley N.-D. – “First Flag Jump”

Monday 3rd June  – Tandems today were Emma and Toryn Cairo and Marcus Pieterse. Todd Dowsley did Stages 5 & 6 of his AFF Course.  There were 3 loads and 14 jumpers.

Emma tandem in freefall – Photo Sara
Toryn and Emma in the plane
Toryn and Darren on exit
Toryn and Darren under canopy – Photos by Doyley
Marcus tandem freefall – Photo Oli M
Dennis AFF Stage 5 – Photo Adrian

Tuesday – was a total wipeout – windy and cold. Wednesday  was  better. Our newest students Daniel Parkins and Julian Morris did Stages 1 & 2 of their AFF Courses. Dennis Liew did Stages 6 & 7 and Todd Dowsley did Stages 7 & 8.  There were 5 loads done and 17 jumpers were here to do them.

Daniel TAFF Stage 1 – Photos by Oli M
Daniel AFF Stage 2 – Photo Sara
Julian TAFF Stage 1 – Photo Adrian
Julian AFF Stage 2 – Photo Sara

Dennis AFF Stage 6 exit and freefall – Photos by Adrian
Todd AFF Stage 7
Todd AFF Stage 8 – Photos by Sara

Thursday was similar. Julian Morris did Stages 3 & 4 of his AFF Course, Daniel Parkins did Stages 3, 4 & 5, and Dennis Liew did Stages 7 & 8. There were 4 loads and 13 jumpers doing them.

Julian AFF Stage 4 with Rangry – Photo Adrian
Dennis AFF Stage 7 exit
Dennis AFF Stage 8 exit – Photos by Doyley

Friday Our only new skydiver today was Tandem Mitchell Styles. Julian Morris did Stages 5 of his AFF Course while Daniel Parkins did Stages 6 & 7. Todd Dowsley and Dennis Liew did Stage 9 – completing their AFF, congratulations fellas! Things were warming up. There were 4 loads done and 22 jumpers here for Funtastic Freefall Friday and the $39 dollar jump slots that happen.

Mitchell tandem freefall
Mitchell’s canopy opening – Photos by Oli M
Daniel AFF Stage 7 – Photo Doyley
Todd AFF Stage 9 – Congrats!
Dennis AFF Stage 9 – Photos by Adrian
Tom B-Rel 5
Let’s go upstairs for the video ref – Photos by Drewy
Burkey’s having too much fun – Photo Flossy

Saturday dawned with the dreaded cold, wintery weather. We got a few loads in but the drizzle arrived and it rained on our 40th anniversary parade! Never mind, it didn’t spoil the celebrations. And it didn’t stop Julian Morris doing AFF Stages 5 & 6 and Daniel Parkins getting Stage 8 done.  Zac Waters and Jesse Jones did Refresher Courses.

The 40th party started early. There were heaps of old Ramblers and old TSC members here and the catching up and the old videos and the free beer from all the bell ringing and the singing from Kylie and the huge bonfire all made for a memorable night! Thanks everybody for making it happen. It was so good.

Julian AFF Stage 5 flying by himself for the first time
Julian AFF Stage 6 – Photos by Adrian
Jess refresher Stage 5 – Photo Rangry
Johns Bigways Over Town – Photo Oli M

Sunday We had a few Tandems today;  Hesam Orouji, Voytek Kedzia, Robin Armstrong [old jumper from way back, 1981, see newspaper cuttings below], and Toogoolawah local, Carl Vellacott all got their knees in the breeze. Julian Morris did AFF Stage 7 and Daniel Parkins did Stage 9 – completing his AFF, well done! It was a beaut day after! There were 10 loads done and 57 jumpers still here.  It was still Ramblers 40th Birthday and Rod Bensen and Rangry jumped the Aussie and Ramblers flag to keep the 40th spirit alive.

Hesam tandem with Sara – Photo Adrian

Robin back in the sky after 38 years – Photos by Doyley

Carl’s tandem – Photos by Andy
Julian AFF Stage 7 – Photo Adrian
Daniel AFF Stage 9 – Congrats! – Photo Doyley
Paul B-Rel 3 Caterpillar – Photo Oli M
Fred B-Rel 5 – Photo Doyley
Zac Refresher jump – Photo Sara

Marley Nolan – Duncan with the Indigenous Flag – Photo by Karen

Flag jumps & Rod Benson landing – Photos by Drewy

The Robin Armstrong Tree


See ya!

Macca and the Ramblers Team.

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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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