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Jersey Skydiving E


By MAL RICHARDSON Drop Zone Operator, Skydive Jersey Ltd.


ver thought what it would feel like to drop from an aircraft 10,000ft above


St. Aubins bay?


Accelerate to a terminal velocity of 125mph, complete 30 seconds of freefall before your fall is arrested by a large parachute which will bring you serenely back to earth, while you take in the views from 1 mile above the Island, to land on the beautiful beach at the gunsite slipway? Well in 2012 more than 100 first time tandem skydivers and local extreme sports fans, have been falling from the sky, most weekends!


Contact Details: W:www.skydivejersey.net E: info@skydivejersey.net T: 747410


Skydive Jersey was founded in 2003, and is particularly special to parachute clubs around the globe, as it has one of the few beach landing ‘drop zones’. The complications of dealing with the tides, and having to board the aircraft at the international airport, and fly in controlled airspace, makes this option less than desirable from an operational point of view. But, if you twin beach landings with the fantastic


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is among the best for thrill seekers


panoramic island views, we believe skydive Jersey is one of the jewels in the skydiving world, and ranks among the top skydiving locations anywhere. Visiting international skydivers frequently tell us so!


2012 has seen the club begin to mature as a self sufficient Island


It takes many years of dedication and 800 jumps to qualify to attend the instructor course in the UK, where you undertake an intensive two week course of mentoring and final examination, before being allowed to leap from an aeroplane, with a member of the public strapped to your belly.


Following Peter’s success, the club took out funding to purchase its own specialist skydiving aircraft, a Cessna 206, which cut reliance on UK aircraft availability. This does away with charter contracts as a long term strategy to reduce overheads.


Next was a requirement for locally qualified pilots, roles now taken up by Alun Griffiths and Dale Curtin of Jersey Aeroclub, with further aero club members currently


resource, after 10 years of reliance on mainland essentials, such as specialist aircraft, and skydiving expertise. First to graduate this year, was locally born Peter Dolbel, who in March became only the second resident Tandem Skydive Instructor, following on from Alun Griffiths in 2011.


undergoing the unique training required to handle an aircraft when it suddenly looses its payload!


This has formed a sound foundation for the club, which is supported by a small but dedicated group of local experienced skydivers.


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