Skills Camp : 6 – 7 February
2010, Johannesburg Skydiving Club
The long awaited freefly skills camp
with world class freefly coach Jean-Philippe
has come and gone. The camp was agreed
by all to be a resounding success with
all participants learning a lot, progressing
their skills, and having loads of fun
in the process.
To have a freeflyer
of JP’s calibre
in South Africa has been quite an experience.
The knowledge and skills he brought with
him ensured SA’s freeflyers were
always learning the latest and best techniques.
We had freeflyers of all levels participating
in the camp doing everything from their
first freefly attempts right through
to Cat 3 jumps, head down and big way
The camp kicked off on Friday night
with a freefly seminar covering some
of the basics, freefly progression and
freefly safety. Both Saturday and Sunday
had the first freefly loads going up
at the crack of dawn with the coaches
keeping everyone busy all weekend long.
It was really great to see the improvement
in skills over the 2 day camp.
The response and turnout for the skills
camp was incredible and is definitely
a sign that freeflying in SA is growing.
To give an idea of the turnout for the
weekend, here are a few figures:
- 18 Freefly coaching loads were done
- 74 Freefly slots on Saturday
- 68 Freefly slots on Sunday
- 19 People were involved in the camp
including the students, local coaches
and, of course, JP
Read more about the next big freefly
event of the year later in this issue.
The next one is going to be even bigger
SSA AE Committee
Brendon Delate, Brendon van Niekerk,
Marais Badenhorst, Jean-Philippe
Marais Badenhorst, Jean-Philippe,
Brendon Delate, Brendon van Niekerk
(Photographs: Rob Kruger)