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This was a better weekend! Much more activity going on and a First Freefall for Nigel Alexander who waited hours for the wind to drop, and a first jump for Daniel Rabie who is moving on to the AFF program.
Tandem jumpers Rory, Michelle, Nicholas and Tercia seemed to have a great time with Tim, who managed to scare a few of his passengers by doing high performance landings on his own canopy just before taking them up.
Both Chene and MFN had birthdays on Saturday but both of them pretty much managed to stay under the radar. MFN eventually mentioned it in the evening, whereas Chene just stayed in Cape Town until Sunday. We would never ask a lady her age but MFN is now “close to 50”.
The operating weekends are updated on the Skydive Robertson Face Book Page, and we often post updates during the weekend as well… make sure you stay informed – Check under EVENTS http://www.facebook.com/SkydiveRobertsonWPSPC
== Chairman’s Comment ==
After all that fuss about when to operate and when not, we have decided to change our minds AGAIN and do our very best to operate every weekend. Please do your part by trying to support us as often as possible. If we have no bookings and a poor forecast, we MAY decide on a Wednesday to be closed. So do not plan for once-a-month currency. As we have stated before, that is a risky game.
I seem to get all the negative news to give, but please note the crime season has started at the DZ again. A person was found rifling through tents and although nothing was taken this was purely good timing on our part. So do not keep valuables in your tents. Lock them in your car and put in the tent only what you need for sleeping.
Also, there is a FTJ course price increase coming. Please tell all your friends that are at least partway convinced to jump, to hurry. They can save some money by doing the course this month. Read more below.
== Membership Fees ==
We have increased the membership fee for the first time in many years. We now have permanent facilities that have increased significantly over the past 18 months, and with them comes an increase in costs. We can’t recoup it all through membership fees, but if we don’t recoup some of it that way the pressure on jump tickets will only get worse.
Although membership is technically due as of 1 July, we have set that date back to 7 July. So you have this week to pay. After that - no membership, no jump. If you’ve been on a temporary membership this is the time to switch over.
If you are a student and don’t know if you need to pay – you get 3 months free with your full-price FTJ course. Groupon students would have paid for 3 months with your second jump. So if you’ve been jumping longer than three months, you need to pay membership.
Our trusty PRO will be getting the website updated over the next few days. The prices included in this newsletter are the relevant ones:
Regular Single Membership – R1000
Please note the word “Student” does not apply to your skydiving status. If you are a full-time student at a tertiary institution, or still at school you are entitled to a reduced membership fee. Good news for Tim Hart!
== FTJ Course Price Increase ==
We have kept the FTJ price unchanged through the course of a number of fuel increases. Now with the increase in membership fees, we have reached the point where we have to bump it up.
The new course fee for the FTJ Course and one jump will be R1300. That is an increase of R100. In order to encourage some activity during the winter months, we will be making this increase effective only on 1 August. So please encourage your friends to book for July.
== Upcoming AGM - Portfolios ==
Below are descriptions of another two portfolios which need filling.
We do have people prepared to stand for some of the vacant roles. However feel free to throw your hat in the ring if you have something to offer.
== Awards – Club Member of the Year ==
Emails are going out this week for award nominations. We are doing something a bit different for “Club Member of the Year”. It used to be a Committee vote. This year, the Committee has come up with three nominees, and we are asking the members to vote for their choice. The nominees are:
Team du Preez
== Instructor Comment ==
Our Chief AFF instructor commented this week that he was feeling uncurrent after a week of not jumping. I am sure students find this surprising. They probably think Tim could do this in his sleep, so he’d be fine after even a year off.
Well, he would. But the more “on your game” you are, the more you recognise even a tiny reduction in performance. If you take that year off, then you come back careful and you rebuild. If you take a week off, it is easy to forget that extra care is needed – and that is what Tim was picking up on.
If you are jumping only once or twice a month, and especially if all the skills are relatively new anyway, there is just too much going on for you to identify the effects of uncurrency in yourself as clearly as Tim can. But they are there.
If you recognise that fact, you will jump as often as you can, you will check your gear and then make sure you get checked out properly by someone else, you will make sure you ask questions if you have ANY doubts, you will practise your reserve drills regularly, and you will visualise each kit up, plane ride and jump thoroughly from start to finish before you do it.
== Booking Requests and General Information ==
I have deleted much of the standard information from this newsletter. It will reappear from time to time so that it is always handy in your recent archives, but we don’t need it every single week. If you can’t find it in a recent newsletter, you can always refer to our website.
If you are interested in trying out / starting skydiving please request our latest information and bookings document.
We look forward to welcoming you and your friends and family to Skydive Robertson, and introducing you to the exhilarating sport of skydiving and parachuting.
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