23 May Starting As We Mean To Go On
Since the last Club News, we have been fortunate enough to have some beautiful weather. Our jump numbers have doubled and bookings are up by considerably compared to this time last year. The remarkable weather has definitely lulled us into false expectations for the time of year. Now, when it is cold and windy, we are struggling to understand why.
We facilitated a tandem skydive charity day for Breast Cancer Haven in February. This group are becoming regulars and are always great fun to be with. We managed to get all participants jumped over the duration of the weekend and they raised a considerable amount of money for the charity. Our very own Joe volunteered to help out for the day for his Duke of Edinburgh bronze award and looked after the group, from fetching coffees to assisting a deaf tandem student in the brief.
The new hangar is really taking shape now and will hopefully be completed soon. This will give us a lot more room in general and we aim to upgrade our facilities around this, including the classrooms, camera editing room, rigging room and a specific room for the fun jumpers which includes an old school gaming table – complete with Pac-Man and Donkey Kong!
The first static line course of the year has taken place. Unfortunately, the group did not get to complete their first jump due to the winds, but they are all ready to go and looking forward to it. We aim to hold many more courses over the year to encourage new jumpers into the sport.
t was good to see Captain James Cook back at Bridlington recently. James has progressed in his career to flying bigger aircraft with Jet 2, though he has not forgotten his routes and still enjoys the jump flying. Under the guidance of the mighty Dave Pinkney, he was checked out for jump flying and back in the driver’s seat in no time.
It has been a great start to the year so far, and we hope to continue with the increased numbers and decent weather.
Words by Sara Orton.
Originally published in Skydive The Mag, April 2019