Parachute Packer to Qualified Skydiver

Parachute Packer to Qualified Skydiver

Published: November 15, 2017

FROM PARACHUTE PACKER TO SKYDIVER

Celestie Stemmet

I used to live in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, and I worked at the airfield in the bar and organizing functions. A skydiving drop zone opened at the airfield and I was interested in learning how to pack parachutes. In 2011, I did the parachute packing course which involved a 2 month process to get qualified.

My family were living in Parys and I decided to move here as it seemed like a nice town. I did not expect to find a skydive drop zone here, but Skydive Parys opened and I knew one of the tandem masters involved, and so I joined the Skydive Parys team.

I did 3 tandem skydives and I knew that I wanted to be a skydiver and get deeper into the sport. Packing is good and it keeps me going, but skydiving was my biggest dream.

I started to jump a year ago, I did the static line first jump course and then my progression jumps. I now have a, B license and just over 80 jumps.

I definitely see myself in the future with a career in skydiving. There is so much still to do. At the moment I am doing formation skydiving, but events looks brilliant to do. I would also like to train people and become an instructor and even later maybe a tandem master.

Every jump is different and you are leaning all the time, it is never boring and is the best thing you can do. I enjoy jumping with all the people at skydive Parys and recommend jumping for everybody!

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