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Glacier Country Promo Video Ft. Skydive Franz

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Here's the new Glacier Country Tourism Group promotional video featuring Skydive Franz. Enjoy.

Winter Weather at its Best

Friday, August 04, 2017
We've got about a day's worth of wonderful sunny winter weather before stormy weather is upon us again, so if you're thinking about skydiving then don't hesitate, the blue sky isn't going to last long 👌 This photo was taken out the back porthole window of our skydive plane on a trip back from the other side of the Southern Alps - Lake Tasman is almost completely frozen over.

Skydive Franz Cool Photo of the Week

Friday, August 04, 2017
This is our favourite skydive pic of the week, the only problem we have is working out which way round the photo should be 🤘

Icy Fine Glaciers

Friday, July 28, 2017

Ohhh yeah Franz Josef Glacier, lookin' icy fine. It's a beautiful day on the West Coast - let's go skydiving🤘 😃

Top Things to See, Do and Experience in the South Island

Thursday, July 27, 2017

We love the South Island and have complied a list of the Top 50 Things to See, Do and Experience - check it out!

Click to view the list here

Skydive Franz Health and Safety Officer

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You’d think being a health and safety officer would be at odds with a passion for jumping out of planes - but in fact safety is a prerequisite for having fun when it comes to skydiving.

Skydive Franz’s Health and Safety Officer is Jordan Topping and while every staff member has safety procedures to follow, Jordan’s additional responsibilities creates an overarching layer of protection for customers and staff.

“My main responsibility at Skydive Franz is risk management,” says Jordan. “My main goal is to eliminate the risk of incidents and accidents.”

Jordan says the whole Skydive Franz team collaborates and identifies possible risks or hazards in their own workplace as well as at other skydive companies. The team monitors international incident reports online and local reports through the Civil Aviation Authority.

“We then create possible solutions to remedy any issues raised, once remedied I monitor the action,” says Jordan. “Skydive Franz is extremely proactive with its health and safety systems, this results in swift identification and management of potential risks which means a safer skydiving experience for everyone.”

Jordan says that customers can expect the highest level of safety from Skydive Franz.

“We take pride in our operational procedures which ensure the customer’s safety and ours,” says Jordan. “Our gear is prepared and inspected regularly and we triple protect against human error in areas that have cause incidents overseas.”

The implementation of safety systems doesn’t automatically mean the Health and Safety Officer can assume everything will run to plan.

“The best advice I’ve received would be to 'never assume anything’,” says Jordan. “Assumption only increases risk, so as skydivers we check everything important ourselves and from a health and safety aspect we cannot assume a customer will always behave predictably.”

Although skydiving is an exhilarating and fast paced activity, it is also relatively straight forward.

“A statistic I love repeating is that you are more likely to be in an accident driving to your skydive than on the skydive itself,” says Jordan. “There are a few anomalies that can occur but our staff are fully trained and certified to deal with every one of them plus our operation procedure means the likelihood of anything occurring in the first place is greatly reduced. We do everything possible to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.”

Picturesque Airport

Sunday, July 23, 2017

While yes, we are biased in saying we have the most beautiful location in the world for skydiving, but no one can deny it's pretty damn picturesque here. Usually airports are located in rather boring locations but not the Franz Josef airport - how's that backdrop?

Waiho River Aerial Photo

Thursday, July 20, 2017
We love this photo taken by photographer Ben Sarten during a skydive flight. It's looking down at the Waiho RIver which flows with icy glacier melt water from Franz Josef Glacier.

Blue Sky Forecast

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Beautiful blue skies are forecast for today and the rest of the week on the West Coast. The snowy conditions on the East Coast and in the mountains may affect flying conditions however so do check in with us first. This photo was taken on the main street of Franz Josef Glacier village this morning and shows a dusting of snow on the mountains around the glacier valley.

Skydiving Gran

Friday, July 07, 2017
Hanging out with the grandparents has gone to a whole new level. Tandem instructor Jordan took his own grandmother for a tandem skydive this week. While 76 year old Isabel said she was scared, she was glad she did the skydive. What a cool thing to be able to do together 💜