SKYDIVERS ASSOCIATION (SSA)
SSA Activity Plans 2010/11
Big Way camp at Johannesburg Skydiving
Club with Tim Mace and Norman Langeveldt,
sponsored by the PAC Partnership. The
camp will focus on big way skills in
controlled jumps. Participants will need
to be approved to attend the camp based
on their skills and readiness. This is
to ensure that the jumps are productive
and jumpers who are ready gain the maximum
value. If you are interested in learning
some big way skills, start preparing
now to ensure your FS skills are adequate
to get onto the camp. We think this will
be one of the most rewarding big way
camps we’ve seen in a long time
in South Africa!
‘Shake the Bag’ 4-way
camp at Skydive Rustenburg. This camp
will focus on 4way skills and particularly
on bridging the intermediate gap. There
will be lots of coaches on the ground
all weekend for seminars, debriefs and
creeping, to help existing teams advance
their skills and help individuals find
team mates. The focus is to begin a build-up
to SA Nationals 2011. Existing teams
(especially intermediate level teams)
and any FS jumpers looking to get onto
a 4way team should make a special effort
to attend this camp.
Coaching campaign. With the aim of maintaining
a baseline standard for FS coaching across
the country, the FS committee plans to
run a series of coaching seminars, communication
and some adjustments to the Cat II Program.
All FS coaches should endeavour to attend
at least one of the seminars, which will
focus on coaching content, the SSA’s
minimum expectation of active coaches
and the sharing of information and coaching
techniques between coaches. The seminars
will be structured as interactive focus
groups in the hope that we can raise
our level of coaching by combining and
sharing different experiences and approaches.
South African Skydiving League (SASL).
The FS committee will be partnering with
SASL again this year. Last year saw SASL
and FS feeding into each other well,
resulting in an increase in active and
productive FS at all levels. Both committees
are excited to keep this partnership
and extend it in various ways and use
it to grow FS skills, competition and
general participation. There will be
more communication on this when the new
SASL season starts October, but look
forward to joint events, development
projects and more South African FS competition.
The FS Committee
will carry forward R6 000 saved in 2009
for the ‘In Time’ Judging
System as it is definitely an asset to
have during Nationals
Copasetic at the Dubai Parachuting
Championships in January 2010
The AE committee are bringing some of the
members of the UK freefly team Volare
to South Africa for a boogie/skills camp
in September. Volare are the current
world freefly champions. This will be
paid for in part by SSA fees and in part
by registrations. The boogie is already
Big way record:
As part of the Volare boogie, we aim to
set a new South African big way head
down record. Two of the Volare team members
were on the 108-way head down world record
in 2009 so using them to aid in setting
a new SA record is a great opportunity.
The AE committee plans to purchase a freefly
trophy for Nationals as there isn’t
one at the moment.
CF Development event at Nationals:
Funds to cover ground-to-air judge expenses.
Venue: Skydive Rustenburg
CF Skills camp. Funds to partially cover
Coach slots and travel costs. Venue:
Durban Skydive Centre (TBC)
SSA CF canopy to cover repairs, reserve
repack (if required) or part replacement
Freefall Style & Accuracy
Landing and Paraski
Updating current version of our MOPS with
the latest FAI Competition Rules for
all SAP disciplines. Also look
at the current CAT program
Set up specific rules regarding Competitions,
Nationals Competitions, Team Selection,
Representation in World Competitions
Appointing Coaches, sorting out coach ratings.
Updating the SSA Handbook with all relevant
info for Style, Accuracy & Paraski.
Set up concise
and definite rules & regulations
regarding representing SAP in World Competitions. Set
guidelines for SA Colours specifically
Get sufficient number of Judges rated and
trained for all SAP disciplines.
Plan to host 2 x training camps this year. So
far JSC & EP Skydivers have expressed
interest in hosting this. However
this can only happen once we have resolved
the matter of coaches. All training
camps costs will be for the personal account
of the coaches & participants.
SAP Nationals 2010:
We are planning to host a separate PASA
Nationals Competition for Style, Accuracy & Paraski.
We are planning to work very closely with
the Military skydivers this year, in
getting help & growth of SAP.
2 Skills Camps will be hosted during 2010
focusing on intermediate jumpers.
3 Smaller competitions will be held of
which the total score will count towards
Nationals and more details will be given
in the CP Nationals document at the end
of June 2010.
A Coach Rating system will be developed
in conjunction with the competitors and
will form part of the SSA Document.
No costs will
be spent on CP this year, as the committee
is trying to build up a fund as CP equipment
is costly. Should
a valid event or reason for expenditure
occur during this financial year, the CP
Committee will discuss the payment thereof,
this fund is therefore not fixed.
Wingsuit weekend at JSC - Self
Wingsuit weekend at Skydive Rustenburg - Self
Tonto weekend at JSC - Self
Wingsuit coaching seminar to be organised
to coincide with Taya’s visit to
SA - Self
Date to be confirmed:
Wingsuit boogie at Durban Skydive Centre - Self
The wingsuit committee has requested quotes
from manufacturers to purchase new student
2010 National Championships will be a standalone
event due to bid documents being exclusive
It is planned that a traditional weekend
will be utilized to reduce costs.
Entry fees and Atmo funds will be utilized
in the best way possible in order to maximize
the limited funds available.
Centre and Johannesburg Skydiving Club
are being shortlisted as host DZ’s. All other DZ’s
are welcome to approach the ATMO SSA
committee if there is an interest to
host the event.
SASL Atmo League:
Development of SASL Atmo League:
The objective is to continue promoting
the training of competitors (and judges),
with the ongoing improvement of all aspects
Development of Atmo Videographers:
This season so far has created many training
opportunities, although it was found
that competitors, due to their relative
inexperience, have chosen not to submit
footage, but focus on the draws as a
It is hoped that in the near future, skilled
videographers (and more of them) will help
in establishing the Atmo League and promote
better footage for judging and marketing
of the discipline.
World Atmo League:
The hard work
put in by the Atmo SSA Committee and
Judges – with the creation and
development of the official Atmo Judging
Criteria - as well as the excitement generated
by the SASL, has directly lead to the creation
of the World Atmo League (Italy, Australia,
SA, other) in which South Africa will be
represented this year at the launch of
the world league in the ARW2 format.
Development of Atmo Coaches is key in the
establishment of the discipline, and
as such the updated MOPS have a specific
section dealing with coaching.
Currently 2 coaches are in training, one
in Gauteng, the other in KZN.
The objective is to award the first coach
ratings in 2010.
Manual of Procedures:
Atmo MOPs document has been updated and
disseminated, and has been posted to
the PASA website.
This document is however still a work
in progress and ongoing development (in
collaboration with NSTO) will be key objective
in 2010 prior to formalizing and printing.
Focus will be on exit procedures, flight
Website hosting for previously sponsored
Log books, DVDs, printing costs for training
material, etc. R500
Introductory judging courses -
Anyone interested in learning to judge
can contact the committee and courses
will be run based on that interest. Additional
courses will be advertised by the committee
after the winter hibernation
Judging exposure at SSA events -
Events and competitions, such as SASL will
be used as a format for fish-bowl judging
and introductory courses in judging. SASL
launch in September to be used. Others
will be utilised as they arise and where
it will add value to the event
Majority of Judging budget to be carried
over to 2011 to build sufficient funds
for potential recurrency training subsidies
which will be combined with new judge training