to where I left off… 18
Superintendent Herman Grobler A1874
I started skydiving in 1984 with Desert
Skydivers in Windhoek, Namibia, obtaining
my A licence and logging 57 jumps.
My passion was, however, cut short
when I lost my right leg above the
knee in a shooting incident in the
line of duty.
Always in the back of my mind were
the words of Dave Barr (who lost both
legs) that it will always be possible
After being released from hospital,
I did one static line jump in Swakopmund,
but my dream of skydiving was put on
hold when I returned to South Africa
Recently, I heard the locals talk
about a new drop zone in Rustenburg
and it stirred up some of the old spirit.
After 18 years it was time for a come
Initially I just planned to check
out what was happening. I ended up
undergoing the course and a static
line jump, followed by AFF.
The process was by no means a walk
in the park. Learning to jump without
my induced right turn was going to
test me, and my instructors, to the
limit. After many attempts and changing
of methods we found the perfect position
which allows me stable flight and thereby
opening up endless possibilities in
Moral of the story: never give up!
Is my dream of being a Pro-rated jumper
going to be realised? I don’t
know, but at least now the possibility
exists and, for that, I must thank
the Rustenburg Skydiving Club and in
particular Ralph and Francois who worked
tirelessly with me to get to this point.
Feel welcome to join me for a two
way at anytime. I am there every weekend
and you’re welcome to join me