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  • Annual membership renewal 2018
  • National Safety Month
  • Water landing: Simba's swim experiment
  • Meet the SSA 2018
  • National Skydiving Championships
  • Licences and Ratings
Annual membership renewal 2018

Members are reminded that annual membership renewal falls due on 1 April 2018.

PASA fees for the 2018/19 membership year were ratified at the AGM on 13 March:

PASA fees: R540

Aero Club:  R500 (payable by all licensed skydivers)

New licences/ratings: R100 per application

Rating renewals: R100 per rating (except Jumpmaster, Coach and Evaluator)

SANDF/SAPS members with ratings: R540 PASA + R250 Aero Club

SANDF/SAPS members with no ratings: R100 PASA + 250 Aero Club

Over 65 as at 1 April 2018, pay no PASA fee but must still pay the Aero Club fee.

The online renewal process will get underway soon. All current members with a valid, listed email address will receive an automated email renewal reminder containing a link which you will need to click on in order to update your data online. Once updated, you will be prompted to make the required payment. For those members who have no ratings to renew or who are not applying for any new licences or ratings, this will be all that is required.

Those applying for new licences/ratings and/or rating renewals will be prompted to complete the required information online.

Please refer to the user guide for details on the system.

Your confirmation email will include a PDF of your PASA card. Should you still wish to receive a printed, laminated card, you can select this option on your renewal.

If you are competing at Nationals, please submit your online renewal form and make payment before 31 March to ensure that your membership is in place on 1 April.

For further information please contact:
(031) 502 6435 

National Safety Month
During March, all PASA drop zones will be organising activities to increase awareness of safety issues.

Look out for notices at your drop zone and ask your Chief Instructor how you can get involved.

Make it YOUR business to learn something new about the safety aspects of your sport.

  • Get a jumpmaster to assist you in the harness to practice your reserve drills 
  • Sit in on a first jump course

  • Watch a parachute technician pack a reserve... and ask questions

  • Inspect your gear with a rigger - closure loops, velcro, 3-rings, pilot chute

  • Refresh your knowledge of canopy flight and the landing patterns at your DZ  

Water landing: Simba's swim experiment
PLEASE NOTE:  the article you are about to read is information presented in the spirit of knowledge-share within our sport. It is NOT in any way an adjustment to the PASA MOPS. Knowledge dispels fear. Always consult with your CI on any safety-related questions.


I have jumped over water many times and have always fancied myself to be able to manage the situation – for no other reason than assumed ability. Having just got back from Empuriabrava, Spain where we were frequently jumping overhead a potential water hazard got me thinking a bit about whether my assumption is reasonable or not.

The interesting thing about Empuria though is that in the event that you decide to land in water, you are likely to be pretty busy managing the canopy all the way to splashdown. This is because of the canal and road system that one would have to navigate to a safest possible landing; meaning there would be little time to take hands of toggles and manage peripheral equipment.

I always wear my lead belt below my j-suit, (for reasons that I believe pretty strongly in), never worrying too much because I am confident that I could extract it from inside my j-suit and dump it well before a landing.

However it struck me that in a place like Empuria – or in any place where for some reason I’ve had a low opening – that I might be so busy with the canopy (navigating), that I may very well not have time to get a belt out and drop it.

In addition, I think it is fair to consider that flying above the streets of Empuria there could well be something unethical about dropping a 5kg sack of lead. Really.

Therefore the intriguing question: how well can I swim with all my kit on?


Ok, so my Cypres has been removed from my gear for service cycle, the weather is spectacular and the pool has not been used since last season. On top of that my Saturday plans have been cancelled at short notice and I have less to do than I expected.All a good recipe for some decent safety experimentation I reckon; so I decided to test – and here’s the report back: 

- Jumper (me) – 2 previous water landings and not a particularly good swimmer 
- summer clothing (shorts and tee-shirt)
- FS suit
- Socks and trainers
- 4.5kg lead belt (inside of j-suit)
- Javelin rig with reserve packed in and the main detached (expected cutaway after landing)
- No helmet (I would consider this dropped before landing)
- No altis or other peripheral equipment (I’m not that dedicated to this experiment)
- Calm and clear water

Basically there are 2 possible ways I am going to land in the water:

  1. Booties off the toes, but otherwise loose (this is my normal way of landing)
  2. Booties on

For a while I considered a ‘Booties off the toes and rolled tight up the shins’ config as a 3rd option, but I realised that this is going to take quite some time under canopy, and it will likely unroll down the leg within a few kicks in the water.


Is to try swimming in each of the 2 configurations in my home pool.

I will attempt to follow the standard procedures taught for water landing, i.e.:

- Chest strap off
- Leg straps loose after landing
- Exit the harness and swim away
- Then, see how far I can swim with my clothes and lead on

I have no idea what would constitute success specifically, but I reckon 4 or 5 lengths (about 50 – 60m) would give me some reason to be hopeful about the future.


  • Floating and swimming with full kit – the harness / container including the lead belt – is generally much easier than I expected, although slow. No point trying to swim fast with so much drag

  • Swimming with the harness on with leg-straps tight and leg-straps loose is about the same experience

  • Getting out of the harness is not easy at all – and in fact takes a lot of energy and head below water, twisting and turning. All rather unsatisfactory and, I think, dangerous

  • And, surprisingly, it is much easier to swim with the harness on (with reserve packed in) than without it. The container acts as a pretty substantial buoyancy!

  • Swimming with booties over the toes is more difficult because it produces less forward drive in the kick – i.e. it is less effective


These are recommendations to myself and not intended to be an overruling of the MOPS. But, having learnt now what I have, should I be heading for the drink in future I will:

  • Not worry about my lead before I land, [and not change my preference of positioning it underneath my jumpsuit before take-off]

  • Ensure my booties are off my toes before I land

  • Upon landing cutaway from main and move swiftly away. To me this is a priority before worrying about leg-straps, lead or anything else at all

  • Not try to exit my harness, but swim with it until it becomes a ‘liability’ – I guess this will take about 10 min at least in calm waters

  • If I am far from shore, I will then work my lead off from under my jumpsuit and ditch it. If I am close to shore, I may just stick with it and swim

All of the above assumes calm water.

I think that if I knew I was on my way into turbulent water (say open ocean) then I’d work harder to ditch my lead before landing – which should be easier because less concern of getting a canopy into a narrow canal – and thereafter I will do as stated above. 

Paul Marcellin, D658


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Meet the SSA 2018

These are the people who will be representing your chosen discipline/s on the SSA for the next 12 months:

Executive Committee:

Mike Teague (Chairman)


Matteo Pagani (Vice-Chairman)


Yolandi van den Berge (Secretary)

Artistic Events

Maryke Prinsloo


Amy Shaw


Quinton Henning

Canopy Formation

Graham Field


Peter (Sharky) Annandale


Rogan Maclean

Canopy Piloting

Mike Teague


Matteo Pagani


Ange Pierry-Sharman

Formation Skydiving

Bailey Edmunds


Mohan Chudalayandy


Yolandi van den Berge

Style & Accuracy

Corne Myburgh


Paul (Simba) Marcellin


Waldo Krahenbuhl


Dylan Hemer


Gert-Louis Cilliers


Tanje Britz

Judges’ Chairman

Dirk Venter


Their plans for the year ahead were presented at the AGM and can be found here.

If you have suggestions or questions, please contact your representatives at your local DZ or via the Contacts page on the PASA website.

National Skydiving Championships

Nationals is around the corner and we expect the cream of local skydiving to be in action at these two competitions: 

Skydive Rustenburg will be hosting the 2018 National Skydiving Championships in Formation Skydiving, Artistic Events, Canopy Formation, Accuracy Landing and Wingsuiting from 29 March to 2 April.

Late registration closes at 12h00 on 23 March.

Check out the Bulletin or contact Danelle for information. 

Skydive Pretoria will be hosting the 2018 National Skydiving Championships in Canopy Piloting from 27 April to 1 May.

Registration closes 18 April.

Check out the Bulletin or contact Ange for information.

If you’re not competing, you are welcome to come out to the drop zone to support the teams and individuals who are and maybe get inspired to enter next year.

Licences and Ratings


A7646 Tarina Lourens  Skydive Mossel Bay 
A7647 Craig De Beer  Johannesburg Skydiving Club
A7648 Heleon Laubscher  Skydive Robertson 
A7649 Megan Stephens  Skydive Robertson 
A7650 Colonel Majama  Johannesburg Skydiving Club 
A7651 Jonathan McGillivray  EP Skydivers, Jeffreys Bay 
A7652 Pieter Tredoux  Skydive on the Vaal 
A7653 Ortwin Dox  Skydive Mossel Bay 
A7654 Ishmael Mokobi  Skydive Rustenburg 
A7655 Michael Belletti  Johannesburg Skydiving Club 
A7656 Christopher Koekemoer  Pretoria Skydiving Club 
A7657 Gaetan Floriach  Johannesburg Skydiving Club 
A7658 Bogdan Shestopalov  Johannesburg Skydiving Club 
B3068 Riaan Jacobs Skydive Mossel Bay 
B3069 Paul Kotze  Skydive Robertson 
B3070 Reinardt Fourie  Skydive Robertson  
B3071 Matthew Dupre  Skydive Mossel Bay 
B3072 Johan van Heerden  Pretoria Skydiving Club 
B3073 Eric Strydom  Skydive Mossel Bay
B3074 Bryan Pather  Witbank Skydiving Club 
C1927 Aimee Southwell Johannesburg Skydiving Club 
C1928 Andrew Yorke  Johannesburg Skydiving Club 
C1929 Liesl Baben  Pretoria Skydiving Club 
D977 Josie Coetzee  Skydive on the Vaal 
D978 Bernard Janse van Renburg  Johannesburg Skydiving Club 
D979 Niel Grobler  Skydive on the Vaal 
D980 Bernard Groenewald Skydive on the Vaal
D981 Greg Waspe Johannesburg Skydiving Club


TM191ST Bruce Askham Johannesburg Skydiving Club 
TM192SG Arnold van Dyk Skydive Mossel Bay
TM193SG Sakhele Tyakume Skydive Mossel Bay
TM194ST Nicholas Helfrich Skydive on the Vaal

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