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There are always special events on the drop zones world wide. We'll try to figure them out for you and post them here. We also like to publish your stories and impressions of events, you just have to write them down and send them to us. Check back often, we'll update this page whenever we get the news.
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|We Can Fly!|
May 11, 2002
On Mothers Day weekend 2002, a group of ordinary, relatively sane people will parachute out of an airplane from 13,000 feet. Most of them have never done it before...
"We Can Fly!" is a fundraising event for the non profit organization PAUSE4Kids [www.pauseconejo.org] that helps physically and developmentally handicapped children and their families. Parents, teachers, friends and supporters of children with disabilities, sponsors, volunteers, spectators, skydivers (first-timers to advanced) are all invited to participate.
The event will take place at Perris Valley Skydiving in California, USA, Saturday, May 11, 2002 from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. Admission is free and there's plenty of lawn seating available. Bring a picnic or have lunch at their restaurant with a view of the dropzone, and bring the kids! Children's entertainment will be provided, and their swimming pool will be open. For more information on how you can participate and donate, check out their web site at www.wecanfly.org
|USPA Coach Course in Virginia|
April 4-7, 2002
Skydive Orange, in Orange, Virginia, is hosting a USPA Coach Course the first week of April. Because the new course will incorporate both the BIC and the previous Coach Course, they are beginning the training on Thursday night, the April 4. Classroom will continue until the evening of Saturday, the 6th, and qualifying dives will be on Sunday the 7th.
This is now the first instructional step on the way to ANY USPA INSTRUCTOR rating, so participants are required to come prepared with their C-license, proficiency card filled out (downloadable from www.uspa.org) and ready to rock and roll. Other required materials will be the Coach Course materials and a current SIM -- both downloadable from the web site or available for a price from USPA.
The cost of the course will be $350 and includes all instruction and two evaluation/qualifying jumps. In the event of inclement weather, or other acts of God, $40/evaluation jump will be refunded.
Do you want to be the best coach you can be? This promises to be a good course -- three seasoned BIC/COACH course directors (who are also Skydive University coaches) will be conducting the course and doing the qualifying jumps. They are limiting the course to twelve. A $100 deposit is required. FFI contact Teresha Thames by email at email@example.com or by phone at 434.244.2484.
|4-Way Skills Camp at Perris|
February 2 - 3, 2002
Perris Valley Skydiving in California will hold it's first 4-Way skills camp weekend of February 2002. The camp is being organized by Pat McGowan. Working with Pat will be experienced coaches like Kai Wolf, Lu Lastra, Brian Johnson and Richard Brit which can help you improve your 4-way no matter what your skill level.
The cost is $25 per day or $40 for the weekend plus jumps and video. If you haven't taken advantage of the block-ticket deal, Perris Valley is offering discounted jumps of only $17 each for skills camp participants. If you have priced professional 4-way coaching in the past you will realize what a deal this is and that Perris Valley Skydiving is helping to subsidize the cost. With no more than two 4-ways assigned to each coach this weekend, it is truly an opportunity to put your 4-way learning curve on the fast track.
The skills camps are open to teams as well as individuals who will be put in 4-way groups with other jumpers of similar skill levels. However if you do not already have a group or need one or two more jumpers to fill out your 4-way you MUST pre-register. This will give the coaching staff the opportunity to best structure a team suited for you. To register contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about the program itself you can contact Pat McGowan at PatrickMcGowan@msn.com.
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