Anything but the best is not an option ...
As you can imagine, at any drop zone, aircraft and training feature heavily in our everyday life. So it would be churlish to let the week go by without mentioning the recent 80thanniversary of the amazing Spitfire. A small, fast and manoeuvrable aircraft that became a work horse for the RAF and protected us in some of the darkest hours this country has ever been through.
I recently read the story of Geoffrey Wellum, one of the few Spitfire pilots still alive. He was just 18 when he joined up, and the nature of the times meant that he was given just a few days training before going solo. His book ‘First Light’ tells the story of the mental and physical toll of the ‘relentless ritual’ of the Battle of Britain, and his journey from cheeky young teenager to mental breakdown is portrayed with telling understatement. It's interesting to note that Geoffrey actually landed here at Netheravon in his spitfire.
Technology, and flying in particular, has come a long way since those dark days of WWII and thankfully training has improved beyond recognition. During the 1940s, parachute training consisted mostly of jumping from a high gantry and learning to land – after that you just jumped from the aircraft and hoped the landing was ok!
This is in stark contrast to today when we teach students to skydive. Safety is of the utmost importance. The training given by our military instructors is second to none; you will not be allowed to even board an aircraft if your instructor has any reservations about your ability.
Skydiving is a fun sport and if you get the best training then you get the most fun and satisfaction from it. From those coming to Skydive Netheravon to tandem jump for fun or celebrate something special; right the way through to the Combined Cadet Forces who aged 16 come to do a Static Line course, or those who want to progress on an Accelerated Freefall course, the standard of training is exemplary. There is no room for error with an extreme sport.
When the Spitfire came to life in the mid 1930s she was considered the best – she is still revered now some 80 years later. Here at Skydive Netheravon, we consider those who teach skydiving on our drop zone to be the best. They never cut corners. In order to get the most out of what you want to achieve you have to have the best teachers. We hope that in 80 years’ time people will still say that learning to skydive at Netheravon is simply the best place. http://www.netheravon.com/learn-to-skydive/
“I had a truly awesome experience yesterday, in every way. I was absolutely terrified but felt totally invincible afterwards and I even fell in love with your cameraman, Mike! Cam was lovely too and if I decide to do it again it would have to be with him. It was all very professional, from start to finish. They were a great bunch and I will recommend this to anyone and everyone. I jumped for the MS Trust and secured £723 in sponsorship so far with promises of more to come. It is great to feel alive again.”
“First ever tandem skydive for worthing churches homeless project today, loved it. Special thanks to my instructor Jay and the cameraman trevor who both made me laugh a lot and really relaxed me! definately want to jump again Thanks guys for a great day!”
"First charity tandem skydive done here last Saturday. Despite being extremely scared, the instructors made me feel completely at ease and in safe hands. Highly recommend anyone doing a jump, to do it here. Would definitely consider doing another skydive off the back of this experience despite my fear of heights and flying. Brilliant day and life experience. Thank you."
"First ever tandem skydive....amazing!!! Massive thank you to my instructor Gary u were fab!!!"
"Amazing Day, looked after from start to finish, great people, very friendly, relaxed atmosphere, Pete my tandem partner.. TOP BLOKE he was very professional and experienced. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to anyone."
"Wow first ever tandem skydive today for oakhaven. Raised over £1000, so thank you all ... with my daughter Leah lopez, amazing surreal, nothing else like it. Thank you to Gary and Jay...... Leah now wants to do more and do a single jump!! Eeek!"