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  • The Wonder of The World Games
  • Aero Club Annual Awards Nominations
  • SSA CP Skills Camp and MiniMeet September 2017
  • Kulula allows parachutes as hand luggage
  • Upcoming Events
  • Year-end jumping
  • Licences and Ratings
The Wonder of The World Games

The World Games, 4000+ athletes, 111 countries and 30 different sports, one of those being Canopy Piloting.

Undoubtably the biggest sporting event that no one has ever heard of, The World Games, acts as a precursor to the Olympics. Take 7's rugby for example, prior to being in the Olympics it was a World Games event. For skydivers it's the biggest stage we ever get in the competition circle, literally a fabled all expenses paid trip to do what we love.

Canopy Piloting is the only sport representing skydiving at the Games, and I was lucky enough to secure a spot. This World Games was hosted by the beautiful city of Wroclaw, the Venice of Poland. 

Getting used to sea level swooping is essential for us Vaalies, so I decided to go through 2 weeks early in an attempt to get 70 training jumps before the Games. In typical style we had bad weather and plane issues, none the less 40 jumps were managed and I had just begun to feel slightly more comfortable at that altitude. I did manage to try some of the local food and Vodka during the off days, and the one shooter a Mad Dog, Vodka+Raspberry+Tabasco is a great way of getting the night started.
Next it was time for the opening ceremony at Wroclaws largest stadium. We met with the South African delegation in the basement and watched on a massive projector until it was our time to walk out. The vibe was incredible but no partying that night as competition began the very next day.

It was then time to compete, the competition was different in 2 ways, firstly the scoring system, but more importantly an extra event was added, the dreaded freestyle. It was only dreaded as it was an event I had basically zero training in.

In competition you have got to get used to the ups an downs, often you are just unlucky, like our second round of distance. Unfortunately we were the only load on the second round to have a head wind which meant the best score of the load, 115m, was the lowest of the following day second round loads 2&3 as there was a strong tail wind. If you cannot make peace with the idea of being unlucky from time to time then CP is not for you.

In terms of the actual competition, accuracy and speed let me down with a couple of bad rounds, distance was great as one of my runs was a personal best at sea level of 136m , which has also become the continental record for Africa, but the most feared event, Freestyle, turned everything around for me. 

Freestyle works like this, you get a “Drama Sheet”, which is a piece of paper in which you have to write down your planned moves for each of the rounds. Round 1 needs to be a single move from the easy to moderate category and cannot be a combo, my weapon of choice was the classic “Lazy Boy”, building on top of this for rounds 2 and 3 I decided to put in some combo moves I had never ever attempted! Smart Right? Round 2 was a combo of “Lazy Boy” + “Ghost Rider” pictured below and for Round 3 was a “Lazy Boy”+”Ghost Rider”+”Double Cowboy”. Finally it clicked into place, I didn’t over think and there was no pressure because I had not trained, the goal was to Go Big, and have fun! Having fun was exactly what I did and round 3 was best score for any single round, placing me in 12th position for that round! I wish I could describe the happiness after that round, the last round of FreeStyle was my last round of the comp and I could not have asked for a happier ending.

It was then time for the closing ceremony at the DZ and suiting up has become a tradition for the after party, may the good times roll!

Overall the learnings were massive, these events put you in a position to make friends from all over the world, learn new tips and tricks fun terms of flying as well as some gear changes to make life easier. I would really recommend that if Canopy Piloting interests you, lets chat, it can really open up a whole new world.

Again a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me to this point, including my friends & family both at home and Skydive Pretoria and my sponsors, Parachute Systems, Fluid Wings and Bertrand Adrenaline and of course PASA & SASCOC for all their organization.

Big Love

Matteo Pagani, D943 

Aero Club Annual Awards Nominations

The AeCSA Annual Awards Function will be held on 4 November 2017.

The Aero Club are calling for sections’ nominations for awards. Review the nomination process and categories and, if you would like to nominate someone for an award, submit a citation of 100 words together with photos, to the PASA Management Council by no later than 26 September 2017

The venue and cost are still to be confirmed but, if you are interested in attending the awards dinner, contact the admin office.

SSA CP Skills Camp and MiniMeet September 2017

From the perspective of a pond virgin:

“It’s just water right? Can’t be that scary.” That is  what I always thought before my first attempt on the course. But it’s all quite a bit different.

On the 9th/10th September 2017, Pretoria Skydiving Club held a coaching/MiniMeet weekend at Wonderboom for aspiring canopy pilots and experienced guys looking to better their game. Billy Sharman and Matteo Pagani were lending their coaching eyes to help better even the most modest of swoops.

I was just starting to get my 90 turns nice and signed up for the MiniMeet. And man did I learn heaps! 

Saturday was a coaching day with Billy and Matt checking out each of our landings and sometimes more importantly our setups. They basically gave us one-on-one coaching while we reviewed footage. I found it insane how you change one small thing, and all the pieces fall into place.

The coaching and advice the guys gave was invaluable and really helped me get stoked on my canopy all over again but more importantly they coached in a way that made safety absolutely paramount. We ended the day with a no pressure swoop and chug with everyone having their best landing of the day.

On Sunday it was time to swoop the course. The more experienced guys made it look so damn easy but once you are up there setting up for your turn, the pond becomes a very different beast! It took the rookies a little while (2 jumps) to actually dial in the setup but on the third try most of us got the gates and got into the landing zone with some points, which I doubt would have happened without the coaching and pointers given by Billy and Matt.

I left Pretoria with a new found love for piloting my wing and a huge respect for setting up a landing. Thanks to everyone involved and huge thanks to Billy and Matt for lending their experience. Weekends like these will surely grow swooping in South Africa but more importantly, make it a safer, more structured discipline.

Luke Godfrey B2934


From the SSA CP Commitee perspective: For us, it was an incredibly proud weekend. It was great to see so many people attending and participating. The CP Committee would like to thank Skydive Pretoria for sponsoring the coaching by Billy Sharman. We are working with him to create a safe environment in Canopy Piloting. 

We are proud to annouce the winners of the MiniMeet September 2017. In Open Canopy Piloting we have Christopher Teague in 1st place and Matteo Pagani in 2nd place. In the Intermediate category we have Quinton Henning in 1st place, Marcel Vliegenthart in 2nd and Bernard Van Rensburg in 3rd place. Congratulations guys. 

It was very fulfilling to watch everybody fly the course safely, although we added the competition component. We are planning to host up to 4 Skills Camps and MiniMeets a year. So keep your eyes open for the dates.

Kulula allows parachutes as hand luggage


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Upcoming Events

Get registered for South African Canopy Piloting Nationals 2017 



Register for the Peter Lawson Cup. Even if you do not have a team and would like to compete, please contact Pretoria Skydiving Club and they will try and match you up. Gain some competition experience!!!




Year-end jumping


At the Ground Rush Boogie there are different skydiving packages available:

Package 1 N$ 6700    (No Accommodation)

 Includes: 20 Jumps, Registration, T-Shirt and 10% off any adventure activities in Swakopmund

Package 2N$ 8800   (NB: 6 People Sharing a Unit)

Includes:20 Jumps, 10 Nights Self-catering accommodation, Registration, T-Shirt and 10% off any adventure activities in Swakopmund 

Package 3N$ 8900(Dorm Room shared including breakfast)

Includes:20 Jumps, 10 Nights accommodation (Dorm room shared with 10), Breakfast, Registration, Transportation to and from the DZ, T-Shirt and 10% off any adventure activities in Swakopmund


20 December 2017 to 03 January 2018

Aircraft: Atlas Angel

Jump altitude: 13000ft every load

Jump prices:
* Individual ticket R350
* 10x jump tickets R3200
* 2x early bird loads R250 each (purchased before 7am)
* Coach jump R800 (includes both slots and coach fee)

FS organiser:
* Eric Vliegenthart

FF load organisers and coaches:
* Naomi Kotzee (pending confirmation)
* Jean Jacques Wallis
* Andre Du Preez
* Alexis McNaughton
* Michael Lovemore (UK)

Camping on the DZ is permitted!
Beach landings for C licence at Kabeljous river mouth

We hope to see you guys there for an awesome boogie!





Licences and Ratings


A7598 Shawn Hefer  Skydive Rustenburg 
A7599 Dillen Claassen  Pretoria Skydiving Club 
A7600 Jan Jordaan  Skydive Parys 
A7601 Daniel Wermuth Durban Skydive Centre
A7602 Rufus Oosthuysen Skydive Mossel Bay
A7603 Werner Strydom Pretoria Skydiving Club
B3048 Shaked Gulasa  Pretoria Skydiving Club
B3049 Ferdinand Steenekamp  Skydive Rustenburg 
B3050 Cayne McMahon  Skydive Cape Town 
B3051 Johannes Houter  Johannesburg Skydiving Club 
B3052 Yvette Smal Skydive Robertson
B3053 Gert van Zyl Skydive Robertson
B3054 Kris Coetzee Skydive Robertson
C1916 Janes Barnard  Skydive Parys
C1917 Jessica Langlands  Johannesburg Skydiving Club 
C1918 Alan Hosmer  Durban Skydive Centre 
C1919 Shaun van Wyk Johannesburg Skydiving Club
D969 Arenhold Hooper   Skydive Oudtshoorn
D970 Arnold van Dyk  Skydive Mossel Bay 
D971 Sakhele Tyakume  Skydive Mossel Bay 
D972 Jaco Scott  Skydive Mossel Bay 
D973 Gerrie Peyper Johannesburg Skydiving Club
D974 Ger-Louis Cilliers Johannesburg Skydiving Club


PRO488 Elmarie Grobler  Skydive on the Vaal 
PRO489 Mark Riesnik Johannesburg Skydiving Club
AI90 Warren Hitchcock Johannesburg Skydiving Club
AI91 Ryan Weeks Johannesburg Skydiving Club
TM186SG Corne Moolman   Skydive Mossel Bay
TM134VE/SGE Graham Field Skydive Rustenburg

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