The grass is always greener on this side of the mountains. The weather forecast shows a great week starting tomorrow, the perfect time to head to the West Coast and do a skydive. BOOK NOW!
Don't buy that kitchen appliance, go skydiving instead. Unless it's a waffle maker...because waffles rule...then get someone else to buy you a skydive and you can celebrate together afterwards with waffles.
We've recently welcomed Pieter to the Skydive Franz team since his son dropped a brick on his foot. Pieter's son Jordan is a Skydive Franz tandem instructor and cameraman and can't work until his foot heals, but his dad Pieter has been able to fill in for Jordan as a skydive cameraman.
"Jordan's cloud is my silver lining," says Pieter.
Pieter, from New Zealand, has always been into adrenalin sports and did his first few skydives in 1986 but it was Jordan who inspired him to take up skydiving again three years ago.
"It's exciting to do something like this with Jordan and I've enjoyed hanging out, meeting new people and all the adrenalin of jumping out of planes," says Pieter.
Pieter jumped at eight dropzones in the States last year and will head back there in May. Skydiving as a job has been a big change from Pieter's other trade as a builder in Christchurch.
"I haven't missed being a builder, especially since the earthquakes," says Pieter. "Dealing with EQC was a tipping point and I lost my passion."
Pieter has been considering working towards becoming a tandem instructor and eventually using his Computer Science degree, but for now it's fun just jumping out of planes and meeting interesting new people.
"Some customers eat noodles for two weeks so they can come skydiving," says Pieter. "They're always happy to be skydiving, I love that."
~ Welcome to the team Pieter, we're stoked to have you here.
Another new staff member is Matt, who's joined us on a three month work experience placement while gaining his Skydiving Diploma through the NZ Skydiving School.
Matt, from France, has been living in NZ for four years and is working here as a packer, driver, editor and ground crew.
He plans to work up the steps of being a skydive cameraman, teaching others to skydive and becoming a tandem instructor.
"I originally wanted to do something like my dad who is a helicopter pilot, it was actually my Dad who told me the skydive school existed," says Matt. I've always been climbing buildings, jumping off buildings doing parkour and freerunning and I wanted that feeling in my every day job."
As an aside, Matt has spent two years travelling around New Zealand, so will be a wealth of information for other travellers.
~ Welcome to the Skydive Franz team Matt, it's awesome to have you on board.
Here's our latest video, just a wee 30 second Skydive Franz taster. Best with the sound on. Enjoy.
Let us tell you the story about Papa Smurf’s skydiving passion and the meaning of the word nefelibata.
Skydive Franz staffer Jack was visited by his parents recently and it was obvious they’re not your normal every day type of parents. Dad Renato introduces himself as Papa Smurf, but is also known as Rubicon, and he’s skydived at nearly every dropzone in New Zealand.
“My head has always been in the clouds, and now so is my body,” says Papa Smurf. “I fly paraglider, paramotor, speedfly and skydive, I've learned to pilot helicopters and did some lessons on single engine small planes.”
Originally from South America, this is Papa Smurf’s second trip to New Zealand where his main aims are to go to the Kiwiburn festival, travel the country and go skydiving. This year’s skydive at Franz Josef was a priceless highlight.
“Jack took his mother on her very first tandem jump and Sancho and I did the camera,” says Papa Smurf.
Papa Smurf introduced Jack to skydiving and they trained to become skydivers together.
“I was present during all his evolution and when he decided to become a certified Senior Parachute Rigger I knew he was hooked and would dedicate to work in skydiving,” says Papa Smurf. “I am very proud of his accomplishments.”
Skydiving is now a huge part of Papa Smurf’s life.
“It’s an activity that I enjoy, I don't excel in any style, what I love is fun jumps,” says Papa Smurf. “Landing with a smile on my face is the major goal.”
As for the meaning of nefelibata, this is the definition and also how Papa Smurf defines himself – a cloud walker; one who lives in the cloud of their own imagination or dreams
~ Thanks for visiting Papa Smurf and for being the inspirational nefelibata we all need in our lives.
The sun is shining and the forecast is for fine weather for the next few days, perfect for skydiving. As with any weather related activity in NZ, if it's fine now, do it now. It pays to be spontaneous so you don't miss out when the weather changes again ☀️🤘book now!
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