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Henry's 4000th Skydive

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

You’d expect someone to be bored after doing the same work task for the 4000th time, but it’s not the case when that task is skydiving.

Chief tandem instructor Henry Morgan did his 4000th skydive last week and says skydiving is not a normal job.

“It doesn’t feel like work,” says Henry. “It’s not a job, I’m paid to have fun.”

Henry enjoys introducing customers to his love of skydiving especially people who may be a bit scared, and over the years he has developed a technique to put people at ease.

“I try and make them relaxed when I do the briefing and tell them if they forget everything then that’s ok and to just keep their eyes open and have fun,” says Henry. “They remember what to do then. If they’re freaking out they don’t remember.”

One of the payoffs for reassuring people is the customer’s reaction after their skydive.

“Especially if they’re scared, it’s awesome to see how happy the customers are once they’ve completed their skydive,” says Henry. “They have a real sense of achievement and often want to go straight back up and do it again.”

One of the other reasons skydiving appeals to Henry is the workplace environment.

“We work as a tight family, we’re all good friends and we share a love of the same sport,” says Henry. “The staff have jumped all over the world and here is their preferred place to work as we’ve got some of the best scenery in the world and it’s a great place to progress skills.”

Henry says learning really safe habits is the number one thing at Skydive Franz and everyone learns off each other. He offers key training in every type of skydiving and a lot of staff learn to pack parachutes while increasing their jump numbers and progress on to camera flying which puts them in a solid position to become a tandem instructor.

“You learn many crucial skills to becoming a tandem instructor doing camera jumps,” says Henry. “It’s really satisfying giving back to the sport and the future of the industry by progressing people through the different stages in a safe and unrushed manner.”

Even after 4000 jumps Henry isn’t close to having enough.

“I still want to do more,” says Henry. “Bring on the next 4000.” 

Awesome Weather for Skydiving

Thursday, February 16, 2017

No trick photography here, our main street at Franz Josef Glacier actually does look this awesome this morning. The weather today and for the upcoming days is looking fantastic and our skydive spaces are filling up fast. If you like views of the ocean, NZ's highest mountains, lakes, rivers, rainforest and Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers then this is the best place to skydive in the world so don't hesitate and book now.

Skydive Franz Cool Photo of the Week

Thursday, February 16, 2017

This cool photo shows the customer, in red, just as they exit the plane. They were lucky enough to have this moment captured by a skydive cameraman, the tandem instructor's camera and another skydive cameraman still in the plane.

Fine Forecast for Tomorrow

Friday, February 10, 2017

Want a dose of happiness? Go skydiving. Fine weather forecast for tomorrow (Saturday) so book now ☀️🤙

Free Fall in Love This Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 09, 2017
Looking for a gift for your loved one? Want to do an incredibly memorable experience together? Or simply find out if skydiving is actually your one true love? Then book your Valentine's Day skydive now.

Happy Waitangi Day

Monday, February 06, 2017
We hope you have a great day today :)

Skydive Franz Cool Photo of the Week

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Woohoo the sun is shining in Franz Josef and it's made everything look beautiful, even tandem instructor Henry looks all angelic :)

Skydive Franz Cool Photo of the Week

Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Our favourite photo this week pretty much speaks for itself, but the things we like the most about it, apart from the happy skydivers, are the cool clouds in the background. Often when there are a few clouds in the sky it's makes the view more interesting.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Saturday, January 28, 2017
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Our fav pic this week has New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook in the background. Aoraki is the Maori name meaning Cloud Piercer 👌