Toogs DZ e-News #395 (12-18 August 2019)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Glenn Dudley – Certificate B
Claudio Manganiello – Certificate B
Cody Richardson – Certificate D
Cory Cassell – Certificate D & Star Crest
Fiona McHugh – Packer B
Erik Nadorp – 700th Jump

Eddie feeding the birds – Photo by Ali

Monday 12th August. Another Learning Curve here again, and what a beauty. Twenty skydivers were here, all keen and ready to go! We also had  a couple of Tandems arrive, George Duffy McGhie and Kennedy Page made the big leap. Marj did 5 full loads. The nightly landing be-briefs and seminars went into full swing. The DZ “Coach House Cafe” was open and stayed open all week. (The food is fantastic!).

Ken’s tandem

Tuesday  New student Rachel Young did Stage 1 of her AFF Course. Again another 5 full loads and our numbers swelled to 25 jumpers.

Rachel TAFF Stage 1 – Photos by Oli M

Laura B-Rel Stage 1 & 2  – Photos by Doyley
Shane B-Rel 6.3 with Coops & Nate – Photo Sara

Things got busy on Wednesday.  It was the EKKA public holiday in Brisbane and we ended up with 41 jumpers here and 13 loads took to the skies. Harvey was kept busy with filming the landings. Our only Tandem today was John Robertson. Our new students also got stuck into it. Peter McClymont did Stages 2 & 3 of his AFF Course and Rachel Young did Stages 2, 3 & 4.

John tandem freefall – Photo OliM
Rachel AFF Stage 2
Rachel AFF Stage 3 – Photos by Doyley
Rachel AFFStage 4 – Photo Sara

Colm B-Rel 1 & B-Rel 2
Claudio B-Rel 5 – Photos by OliM
Claudio B-Rel 6 with Adrian and  Chris – Photo Kurt
Dave being Dave

Thursday was almost as busy as yesterday. We ended up doing full 8 loads and 33 jumpers got their knees in the breeze. Rachel Young did AFF Stages 5, 6 & 7. The LCC was in overdrive.

Rachel AFF Stage 5 – Photos by Sara

Rachel AFF Stage 6 – Photos by Doyley
Rachel dive exit
Rachel front flip – Photos by Adrian
Colm B-Rel 3
Laura B-Rel 5 – Photos by OliM
Laura B-Rel 6 with Claudio & Adrian – Photo Kurt
Jimmy & Laura B-Rel 6
Ayla B-Rel 6 with Johnny – Photo Sara
Glenn B-Rel 6 with Oli & Doyley – Photo Kurt

Friday really was Funtastic Friday!  There were 35 jumpers here and we did 9 loads. This LCC was one of our best. B-Rels were the focus for the day and lots of licenced jumpers were helping the lesser experienced get their jumps done (and getting their $15 jump ticket vouchers for their help). The last seminars were held and there was a big round of applause for Harvey and the Coaches. What a week! A big Thank You to all our Staff – Manifest, Coaches and Ground Staff (the DZ looked terrific).

John B-Rel 1 – Photo Robin
Seth B-Rel 3 high five – Photo Adrian
Laura B-Rel 6 with Johnny & Chris – Photo Sara
Jim B-Rel 6 with Kurt & Claudio – Photo Adrian
Jimmy B-Rel 6 – Photo Doyley
Sunset angle with Smithy, Tommy & Dave – Photo Adrian\

Saturday was a beauty! Our only Tandem for today was Alasdair Young, while Tom Carruthers and Robert Underwood did TAF Stage 1. Diego Queiro and Michael Coens did refresher jumps. 14 loads took off and 64 jumpers made the most of the perfect weather. The APF paid us a visit and introduced two of their new staff. Saturday night was a blast with Oli Morris’s night jumps happening and the outside fire blazing away. There was lots of bell ringing, especially when the night jumps finished.

“Once again we had an amazing turnout for night jumps! With 24 people attending, and managing to get 3 full loads off the ground I would say it was an amazing success!

10 people jumped for the first time, and 6 finished their night endorsement, so congratulations to all of you! ☺
The dream of a night star crest was almost a reality with very successful day and night 7 ways, but when we found an 8th person  it seemed the pressure got to us, and the jump ended up being what can only be described as a zoo
Very well done, and thanks very much to you guys nonetheless – next time it will happen!

Thank you very much to all the usual characters who put in a lot of work on the day to make it run smoothly and safely – I appreciate it heaps! Next ones on 13th and 14th of September, let me know if you want to be involved!


Tom TAFF Stage 1
Angela refresher after 11 month break – Photos by Sara
Todd B-Rel 4 – Photo Adrian
Chasing the flag (flag jumper: Jake Edwards) – Photo by Oli M
Ash, Skinny, Burkey and Laura “Wagon Wheel”
Skinny, Burkey, Ash and Laura – Photos by Johnny H

Sunday  was a bit slower than yesterday but we still did 10 loads with 40 jumpers getting airborne.

Diego AFF Stage 8 jumps
Will Sawyer on Tom’s B-Rel 6– Photos by Doyley
Tom B-Rel 6.1 with Oliver and brother William – Photo Sara
Bearyboop, Cody, Susann – Photo Charmaine

It was a great week and it ended with a Sunday night at the pub to celebrate Instructor Adrian’s 31st birthday.

See ya!

Macca and the Team at Ramblers.

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Had an absolute great time learning this amazing sport... I am absolutely hooked. My partner also did 2 tandem jumps, considering that she doesn't like flying or heights and yet due to the nature of Ramblers and their instructors and staff, she is definitely hooked as well. Absolutely recommend Ramblers either for an experience of a life time or to complete a full course. You will not regret it.

Luke Gray

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