Beyond the Tandem – A Students Perspective

Discovering The Skies

In just four days here at Skydive Oz in Moruya my eyes have been opened to how vast the world of skydiving really is. Past the tourist favourite of a tandem skydive over a paradisiacal beach on the East Coast and even beyond the early stages of becoming qualified lies a fully developed and widely loved sport.

As with any sport, skydiving has fans all over the world, ranging from fellow jumpers to hardcore YouTube watchers. There is no doubt that there is a global community that surrounds falling with style. Whether it’s a fan or one of the elites of the game there is a constant desire for progression and innovation. Just look at the cover of Issue 90 of the Australian Skydiver Magazine and you’ll see Heather Swan flying her wingsuit over Antarctica!

Skydiving As A Sport

Choose any team sport and consider the important factors that are required to be successful in that field. Teamwork, communication and endless practice are what make teams stand out and rise up. Skydiving, it turns out, is no different! Teams of jumpers who quickly and accurately flow from shape to shape during freefall, or even under canopy, can spend hours on the ground and in wind tunnels perfecting every move. There is a vast array of competition disciplines and the more I see of it the more I begin to understand that this is a sport and not just, as some may think, people risking their lives for an adrenaline rush.

The Family Vibe

Injuries happen in almost every sport and range from minor to extreme, however, the stigma attached to skydiving is that of death. Although this perspective is a significant exaggeration boyond of the truth, deaths do and have happened during this sport. However, consider for a second the dangers of two 100kg+ humans colliding at full sprint speed on a rugby pitch or being repeatedly punched or kicked in the head and regularly knocked out in the octagon. Skydiving with well-practiced emergency procedures and backup parachutes doesn’t seem so crazy after all does it? Nevertheless, it is humbling to see the camaraderie entrenched throughout this community. In the forms of stickers on helmets, tattoos on arms or an honorary free beer bar in memory of a widely loved instructor, the love of the sport and fellow athletes runs close to the surface of many jumpers. This insight into the sport and community has completely changed my outlook and understanding of skydiving. I urge anyone questioning whether to do their AFF to do it and find out for yourselves! Passing my AFF and learning about this sport has opened up a whole new aspect in my life. I’m so excited to continue travelling solo around the world with this new skill in my arsenal!

P.s. I hope I’ve answered some of your questions, if you wish to live the experience that is skydiving you can book online now, give us a call on 1300 180 185 or keep an eye on what’s happening by following us on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


From North London to Moruya

3 long waits. 3 cloudy days and 6 long drives. That was my introduction to skydiving.

At 18 I started a bucket list with ‘backflip out of an aeroplane’ and told my parents about it. 6 years later Father Christmas treated me to 4 minutes in a wind tunnel at iFLY, Hemel Hempstead and a tandem jump at the North London Skydive centre. In typical English fashion we waited below heavy grey clouds and wrapped the scarves tighter around our necks to see if we’d get up into the sky.

The long wait was broken up on one day by a spin in an outdoor wind tunnel which froze my fingers to the shape of the pole I held.

Indoor skydive london

Nevertheless, eventually we got a break in the clouds and headed on up. Although to many a cloudy sky is a bad thing, to me it simply heightened the experience. Looking out of the door the ground wasn’t visible and the freefall, from what I remember of it, seemed almost as though we weren’t even moving. That is until the icy droplets peppered my cheeks and we arrived under canopy as we left the clouds. An amazing experience but unexpectedly without the huge adrenaline dump I had been hoping for. I knew then that my solo license was what I needed.

North London Skydiving plane

After flying around the Flinders Ranges I mentioned to our pilot that I was looking for somewhere to do my AFF course. Her boyfriend, Pete was a jump pilot at Skydive OZ in Moruya, NSW and she herself had done her qualification there. A few more conversations over the coming months with skydivers and base jumpers alike and the recommendation was solidified. The winter discount of $500 was the icing on the cake and I signed myself up to get that bucket list tick!

Getting ready to jump

Many London based wannabe skydivers end up in Spain for their AFF course to get away from the grey skies and unreliable weather. After moving to Australia I ended up on the other side of the world and I love it. I can’t think of many better ways to ease the first jump nerves than trying to spot whales in the Pacific Ocean to the east or scoping out snowy peaks on the horizon to the west. I would say it’s the same coming down but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t staring at my holding area for the first 6 jumps!

After my experience in London it would have been easy to call it quits on my solo dream simply for the time it could take to complete my stages. Thankfully, spending time amongst the amazing team in Moruya and finishing my Hop and Pop, the dream is very much alive.

**Food for thought**
“So, B-Rels with Skydive Oz? Abso-bloody-lutely…"
Nathan Thomas

Hope to see you in the skies, Emma Jane Warrender

Licensed Skydiver/ wind tunnel guru/ lover of words

P.s. I hope I’ve answered some of your questions, if you wish to live the experience that is skydiving you can book online now, give us a call on 1300 180 185 or keep an eye on what’s happening by following us on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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