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  • SSA elections coming up!
  • Nationals 2020
  • 10th FAI World Cup in Canopy Piloting South Africa
  • PASA National Records
  • Diaz Beach Boogie 2019
  • 2019 Summer Jol
  • March is National Safety Month
  • Licences and Ratings
SSA elections coming up!


The Sport Skydivers Association is involved in the administration, competition and skills development of our incredible sport. It's success relies on at least 3 committee members per discipline, planning and executing annual programmes to benefit sport skydiving. 

If you are interested in helping your sport to grow and compete, please make yourself available for election for the 2020/21 year. 

The committees are 

* Artistic Events
* Formation Skydiving
* Canopy Piloting
* Canopy Formation
* Wingsuit Flying
* Style & Accuracy

Please send your name to, along with the discipline you would like to represent, by Wednesday, 12 February 12 noon, if you are ready to make a difference. 

For further information please contact: / 
031 502 6435 

Nationals 2020


JSC has been abuzz with all the plans and preparations for the National Championships in April 2020.

The grounds managers have been hard at work trimming grass, sorting water supply to the DZ for irrigation, upgrading the swoop pond and ordering in the bollards for the swoop course.

The first bulletin with more information will be out soon, so keep a look out for that on the PASA website.

The club is open for team training. You can book your team jumps by emailing manifest with your team members, number of jumps and load intervals.

JSC has a team training deal for Camera for the teams which is applicable for teams where all members have paid up club membership. For fees and details click here.

Please confirm this when you are booking your slots.

The camera deal is 100% free camera for 4-way teams and 50% of camera slot for 2-way teams.

We are very excited to start to see the CP competitors training over the pond, which is looking amazing, with the speed course and distance course graded and getting weekly prep and TLC to ensure this is going to be great for Nationals.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

The JSC Team

10th FAI World Cup in Canopy Piloting South Africa

Photo credit: Riaan Bergh

The World Cup in South Africa (Pretoria) has been a Huge success for me from my point of view as a competitor. Skydive Pretoria did an amazing job.

Firstly, the weather was amazing which for sure makes everything easier and secondly the dropzone was open full time 2 weeks before which allowed the competitors to train as much as they wanted without rushing too much.The organisation was very well done also: Billy and Angie did an amazing job. In my opinion it was the best event overall since the DIPC in Dubai years ago.

On the personal side: I am mega happy about the win overall, that was my goal and I was only thinking about that all year long. The fight was really intense which makes it even more enjoyable. The distance world record (183 meters) on my Petra was the cherry on top of the cake. The winds at Skydive Pretoria could make this world record even further, I believe around 200/210 meters, but those winds were not there during the competition.

At least it keeps this record realistic for the next sea level competition in Tanay. I really hope Billy and Angie will organise again a World event in Canopy Piloting to go there again and to keep pushing the limit of this sport.

Cedric Veiga Rios

Photo credit: Peter Lawson


Photo credit: Andelle Schenach

 Watch the world record here

PASA National Records

We often get questions about how PASA records work.  There are details and intricacies that we leave to the judges and organisers, but below is a quick summary.

  • PASA follows the FAI record categorisation system – you can achieve a PASA National record in any of the record categories recognised by the ISC (International Skydiving Commission).
    • PASA also displays informal “records” for unrecognised categories, to recognise achievements and provide motivation to excel at all levels of the sport.
  • PASA follow the ISC’s system of category retirement and record retirement. 
    • When new criteria are introduced for an existing record category, a previously ratified record in that category will be retired unless it still meets the new criteria. The record remains valid, just not current.  
    • If a category is retired, all records in that category are retied with it. 
    • When a new category is introduced, there is no retrospective ratification of records in the new category; attempts can be made only once the category has been created. 
  • PASA has some criteria differences to cater for the local context and logistics, but aims to match the intentions and processes that the ISC sets for FAI (International) records. For example, you must be a South African citizen and you don’t need an FAI Sporting Licence, but you must be a current PASA member.
  • Every January, at the ISC Plenary, records are reviewed and may be adjusted, introduced or retired. Keep an eye out for new records and make it your goal to set the record, then keep breaking it.

For more details on our records and how to make formal attempts to break them and be recognised for it, have a look at the PASA Nationals Records document or for FAI World and Continental Records, FAI Sporting Code Section 5 (both to be updated in March when the ISC publish the 2020 changes).

Finally, to check out the current ratified PASA records and informal high scores and achievements, have a look at the PASA Records Page.

Now – go break some records!


Diaz Beach Boogie 2019
The Diaz Beach Boogie at Skydive Mossel Bay was a blast. While the weather was not always favourable, the popular Wilderness and Great Brak beach landings did not disappoint. It was great to see so many international skydivers attend, representing Germany, Switzerland, UK and a group of Russian skydivers. A big thank you to Naomi Kotzee, Julian Boulle, Claire King and Dirk Venter for load organizing and helping skydivers get their CAT tests and next licences. 
We were also delighted to have Simba back, who orchestrated the FS Big Way Sequential 2 point, 14 way skydive. “Congratulations to everyone, including those behind the scenes /in the build-up jumps - Carol "Beaumont-Namibia-Hinton" , Tarina Lourens & Etienne (from 4-way to 14 way in under 7 days) and others. How nifty to have 2 *father-son duos* on the record (van Wyks & Groschs)!” – Claire King. 
We’d like to extend a special thanks to Graham Watkins from Skydive Robertson for all his help with ground crew, transport and being the boogie journalist, commentator, movie director and all round good guy. See you all in December 2020.

2019 Summer Jol

Photo credit: Christopher Teague

Shake, down and out with 2019 as we ended a great year with an epic boogie.

Summer Jol 2019 was the place to be: good friends, great vibes and even better skydives. From sunrise to sunset, Bailey and Yolandi made sure we turned points while Gregor led us going steep and fast.

Day 2 blue skies turned grey and plenty of low clouds rolled in but not even that could stop us from jumping. The low clouds allowed us to do some hop n pops from 3600ft and kept the smiles on our faces.

It’s easy to entertain the crowd with a great swoop. Saving the best for last, watching the non-swoopers battle it out trying to land on an inflatable pink flamingo was the highlight everyone wanted to see.

And so another year has come and gone, celebrating our successes and achievements with the Bubbles and Bow Tie hangar party. Thanks, Skydive Pretoria for yet another unforgettable boogie going into 2020. We look forward to the next one!

Christopher Koekemoer, C1964

March is National Safety Month

PASA drop zones will be organising activities to increase awareness around safety issues during March 2020.

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

Safety is everything! Make it your business to learn something new about the safety aspects of your sport.

Licences and Ratings


A7739 Dian Krahenbuhl Skydive Mossel Bay
A7740 Jan Geel  Skydive on the Vaal
A7741 Emé Vermeulen Skydive Parys 
A7742 Pieter Stofberg  Skydive Mossel Bay 
A7743 Andrew Munengo Bloemfontein Parachute Club 
A7744 Gabiel Matambo  Bloemfontein Parachute Club 
A7745 Kalindo Evans  Bloemfontein Parachute Club 
A7746 Martin Siame  Bloemfontein Parachute Club 
A7747 Maybin Inambwae  Bloemfontein Parachute Club 
A7748 Robert Mukandawire  Bloemfontein Parachute Club 
A7749 Ruben van Zyl  Skydive Mossel Bay
A7750 Arif Hajee Abdoula  Johannesburg Skydiving Club
A7751 Michael Coltman  Johannesburg Skydiving Club
A7752 Andrew Malasa  Bloemfontein Parachute Club
A7753 Eddie Yula  Bloemfontein Parachute Club 
A7754 Amando Kitvitts  EP Skydivers, Jeffreys Bay
A7755 Cameron Bouillon  Skydive Parys
A7756 Daniela Amorosino 

Johannesburg Skydiving Club 

A7757 Kaone Dominic Griesmier  Johannesburg Skydiving Club 
B3132 Richard Bam Durban Skydive Centre 
B3133 Jaco Vermeulen  Skydive Parys
B3134 Jaco Coetzee  Bloemfontein Parachute Club 
B3135 Blaine Camons  EP Skydivers, Jeffreys Bay
B3136 Michael Mackenzie  Durban Skydive Centre
B3137 Jan Swart  Skydive Pretoria 
B3138 Florian Bohlandt  Skydive Pretoria 
B3139 Loyane Epars  Skydive Mossel Bay
B3140 James Taylor  Skydive Cape Town
B3141 Nathan Amey  Durban Skydive Centre 
B3142 Anthony Shuttleworth  Durban Skydive Centre 
B3143 Louis van den Heever  Skydive Cape Town
C1966 Riaan Jacobs  Skydive Mossel Bay 
C1967 Malin Kirjonen  Skydive Cape Town
C1968 Cayne McMahon  Skydive Two Oceans 
C1969 Johan van Heerden  Skydive Pretoria 
C1970 Harry Laing  Johannesburg Skydiving Club 
D997 Travis Grosch  Skydive the Farm
D998 Andre Fourie  Skydive Mossel Bay
D999 Andrew Yorke  Johannesburg Skydiving Club
D1000 Willem van Tonder  Skydive Mossel Bay


JM1367 Christopher Koekemoer Skydive Pretoria
JM1368 Anna Chirkova Skydive Mossel Bay
JM1369 Neels Havenga Skydive Mossel Bay
JM1370 Willem van Tonder  Skydive Mossel Bay
JM1371 Cayne McMahon  Skydive Cape Town
JM1372  Malin Kirjonen  Skydive Cape Town
JM1373 Reinhardt Fourie  Skydive Cape Town
PRO510 Jorrie Jordaan  Johannesburg Skydiving Club
PRO511  Thys Grove  Johannesburg Skydiving Club
PRO512 Alan Hosmer  Durban Skydive Centre
TM215ST Jorrie Jordaan Durban Skydive Centre
TM216SG Cayne McMahon Skydive Cape Town
TM217SG Willem van Tonder Skydive Mossel Bay

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