Skydivers from Adrenalin Skydive Goulburn took to the skies on Sunday morning and dived into the Relay for Life, both to show their support for the cause and to promote the sport of skydiving as a whole.
This is the second year that the club has dived into the Relay for Life, and club member Riley Topping said that it came about as a result of a connection between one of the club’s tandem masters, Luke Burn, and the relay.
“His mother, Melissa, used to be organising the Relay for Life,” Topping said.
“It’s very important to him and his family – his mum has beaten cancer – so it was something that was organised between those two.
“Luke jumped into it two years in a row for us.”
The jump went well according to Topping, who did not take part in the actual jump but was on the ground as an organiser.
“Everything went good, we didn’t have much wind so that played in our favour,” he said.
“Saturday didn’t play in our favour due to high winds. We had winds over 20 knots, and we just capped that display jump to a 12 knot wind limit for the safety of everyone watching and the safety of the boys jumping in.”
Skydiving is on the rise, according to Topping, and he hopes that jumping into well-supported events like the Relay for Life will help to develop the sport’s profile.
“It’s becoming more mainstream now,” Topping said.
“People are starting to be aware of the amount of training that somebody goes through before they’re actually allowed to be a tandem master or do a display jump.
“I think a lot of people just think you jump out of a plane and fall back to earth and that’s all there is to it.
“There’s a lot that makes up a good skydiver.”
Topping explained that tandem masters, who oversee and partner novice jumpers throughout the entire jump, need to successfully complete 500 solo jumps before they are qualified to instruct another person. This process, he estimated, would take a minimum of roughly two and a half years.
Similarly, jumpers are required to remain up-to-speed with their skills, and anybody who has not jumped for a certain period of time, regardless of their qualification, must complete a tandem jump with another instructor and be deemed current before being allowed to go solo.
The club does not have much on the horizon in terms of future events. Topping said that they were planning a 16-person free fall, which is called a star crest formation, for early December, but added that there were no other major events planned.
For more information on skydiving in Goulburn, contact Adrenalin Skydive Goulburn on (02) 9042 2000 or visit the club’s premises at 59 Airport Road.