Andrew Ciarelli Parenzi / Daniel Wall Testimonial

Andrew Ciarelli Parenzi , AFF Graduate FFU.

Thank you very much for the wonderful time I had on the AFF course. Everyone were very friendly and supportive and I had a great and succesful time.I am very much looking forward to coming to see you all again soon. Hopefully bringing some more people too if I convince them.I wish you all the very best mate and see you soon, Andy C-P

Daniel Wall, From Ireland, AFF Graduate FFU Ocaña Spain September 2005. 28 jumps in eight days.

I originally tried the AFF programme in Texel Holland but for a number of reasons was not able to complete to complete my course. The Freefall University was reccomended to me by one of Davids students.

I finished my course in three days and would reccomend anybody considering to do AFF to train here. I stayed in Aranjuez which is a lovely city with lots of bars and restaraunts to choose from . My girlfriend also accompanied me and preferred the location to Madrid with everything being very central in the city. A special thanks to my instructors for getting me through the AFF course so quickly..awesome instruction and to Andy for teaching me how to pack my own parachute ( which i jumped ).. I will be back!

 

David Brewin Testimonial

David Brewin, AFF Graduate FFU.

I did a tandem with the red devils and decided AFF was for me! I felt nervous the day we arrived but got straight into ground school with whos manner allowed me feel very relaxed. My jumps at fist were interesting, especially my fifth , I started to Spin in freefall, but there was my instructor who quickly helpmed me to regain control. This knocked my confidence a bit , but having revied the video I felt keen to move on.

This week has been the most challenging and rewarding I have ever experienced. The ups and downs of learning a new skill and the top class instruction has given me something that I just thought I could not do!

Top marks for a brilliant week guys, I will be back to Ocaña/ Aranjuez to see you again.

Do it ! Step into the Blue room, but remember arch and relax…and I will add enjoy!!

David Brewin

Kevan Hawkins / Nathan Lance Testimonial

Kevan Hawkins from Bristol , FFU AFF Graduate.

I ARRIVED IN THE FFU OCANA WITH THE WORDS OF MY MATES STILL RINGING IN MY EARS ” HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND COMPLETLY ” WELL FOR THE FIRST DAY AND A HALF I THOUGHT THAT I HAD DONE JUST THAT, BUT WITH THE ENCORAGEMENT AND THE PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE OF MY INSTRUCTOR ANDY I CARRIED ON WITH THE COURSE, WHICH DEEP DOWN I KNEW I WANTED TO DO OR WHY HAD I COME ALL THIS WAY, BUT THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN WAS PUTTING DOUBT IN MY MIND. YOU COULD NOT HAVE FOUND A MORE NERVIOUS PERSON BY THE TIME OF THE JUMPS, BUT AGAIN WITH THE HELP OF ANDY I CARRIED ON AND COMPETED THE COURSE.

SPEAKING AS SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER DONE ANYTHING REMOTELY LIKE THIS BEFORE THE SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT AT THIS POINT WAS FANTASTIC. SKYDIVING IS NOT LIKE ANYTHING ELSE, THE BUZZ THE THRILL CANNOT BE DISCRIBED IN A FEW WORDS, IT NEEDS TO BE EXPERIENCED TO BE BELIEVED. SO IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT IT, DON’T JUST THINK,DO IT!!!! I KNOW THAT I AM ON MY WAY BACK IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

 

 

Nathan Lance , AFF Graduate, FFU.

There are two types of people who will read this; those who have skydived, and those who haven’t. To those who HAVE, nothing needs to be said. To those who HAVEN’T, what are you waiting for?! Do it, and do it now, you will absolutely not regret it. Skydiving is off the scale. And with Freefall university in particular it’s not just the skydiving that does it, it’s the experience as a whole – both on and off the dropzone.

I could rant on for ages about the whole thing, but you’re just going to have to do it for yourself, that’s the only way you’ll ever know and understand what I and the other people on this page are talking about. If you think you’re smiling and excited when you read some of the comments here, wait until you’ve just landed your graduation jump!

 

 

David White / Ian Newlands Testimonial

David White , FFU AFF Graduate

Skydiving seems to come naturally to some people, but not to me. Completing the course was one of the toughest psychological challenges I’ve taken which has made my success much more significant. It took me a few retakes to get there but my instructor was superb and the course built my self-confidence with each step so that my first solo jump was no worry at all. I really grasped the extent of what we were doing one day in the plane while we were climbing through 10,000 feet on the way to a drop. I looked north out of the aircraft window and saw a jet airliner flying lower than us on its approach to Madrid airport and thought of some of the people on it who would be nervous of their forthcoming landing whereas we were still climbing in order to jump out of our plane.

There’s no way to explain the thrill of skydiving – you just have to do it. I love the excitement of the freefall but there’s also the contrast of the (relative) calm of the descent under the canopy. One jump I was hanging there when an eagle soared past – I felt as if I could fly with it.

Like most people there , I travelled on my own and wondered how things would go socially. I needn’t have been concerned as there’s a great spirit amongst the students and the instructors so we were always out together in Aranjuez at night – most of them much later than me! I’ll definitely be back to the Freefall University soon to do more consolidation jumps. I want to go on learning and enjoying the thrill of skydiving now that within myself I have found new limits.

Ian Newlands, FFU AFF and FS1 Graduate.

Freefall university is so good I decided to stay for another week! I was a little nervous to start with, but now I’ve done over 50 jumps in two weeks, and all I can think about is when I can next get time off work to come back.

There have been a couple of days when wind and rain have stopped jumping for a few hours, but that’s great compared to the UK. I was made to feel very welcome when I arrived and the atmosphere at the dropzone is very friendly. The nightlife in Arunjuez is very good, and people meet up in the evening for a meal and a couple of drinks. If you’re lucky enough to have Andy as your instructor, be prepared for his strange sense of humour, like when he said “ok, we’re just going to roll out of the plane this time” (I didn’t realise he was joking until we got back onto the ground!).

If you’re thinking about going to freefall University, but you’re not sure about going by yourself, do it! I was apprehensive about going alone, but I’ve made lots of friends since I’ve been here, and I’ve had the most enjoyable holiday I can remember.

I should warn you that you will probably spend more money than you intend to. If you’re anything like me, once you’ve started jumping by yourself, you’ll want to do as many as you can. I also did the introduction to formation skydiving course so that I can jump with other people.

Su Knight Testimonial

Su Knight, from Bournemouth FFU AFF Graduate.

Two daunting challenges faced me as I headed for the airport. The first one was the fact that I was going on holiday on my own and the second was – you guessed it – Skydiving. I’d already done a tandem and the first level of the AFF back in the UK. Both were sponsored and I’d been meaning to do the whole course for the past year. My motivation was to jump out of the plane on my own – I saw someone do it in my tandem jump and I really wanted to do that myself.

When I finally arrived I was made to feel very welcome by Tim and Andy my instructors. The atmosphere at the drop zone was really great, and everyone introduced themselves. We all went out for dinner that evening – me and about 10 guys. It was so tough being the only girl in the group, but I gritted my teeth and tried to enjoy all the attention I was receiving. Wow, it’s a real change from working in an office full of ladies! I was so nervous when it was time to do my first jump. But once I was out of the plane, I thought – well there’s no going back I might as well enjoy it. It was awesome! This skydive coincided on the exact same date as my previous level one, the year before back in England. The temperature here was a lot warmer!I went on to do a few more jumps, enjoying each one – until level 6…

This one was a disaster for me. I found myself spinning out of control and was trying so hard to stop myself, but it was no good. I was so tense and I lost it for a bit. I lost consciousness of the altitude that I was rapidly losing and was extremely shocked when the parachute was opened by Andy and I looked at the altimeter at a reading of 4,000ft.

I was so angry at myself, and wanted to give up there and then, but Andy was great. We had a break for lunch and when we returned, our debrief was really good – what Andy said in that not only helped me in successfully completing my next skydive and going on to Graduate from FFU, but I believe it will also help me in other areas of life when I feel it’s time to give up when the going gets tough.

I went on to do one solo skydive – and it was great. I’d achieved what I’d set out to do. There was lots to celebrate that evening . The atmosphere was great all week with new people turning up each day. I really enjoyed the evenings, going for meals with the guys and then hitting the bars and clubs. We all had a passion for the same thing – blue skies and soft landings. I have made some really good friends and will be back for more jumps – in fact I was so tempted not to leave.

Richard Little Testimonial

Richard Little , from the Isle of Man ,FFU AFF Graduate.

I Arrived at Madrid airport, got into my hire car and left to find the dropzone. Managed to get instantly lost and ended up in Madrid city centre. I managed to get onto the right motorway and met everyone in Aranjuez, straight out for food and beers. The next day I started the AFF course, my first couple of jumps were hard but during the jump you automatically go through what you have learned in ground school, you realise that with a main and reserve canopy, a Cypress and two instructors flying with you, you are a lot safer than you would be if you were doing something like burning round the TT course on a bike for example.

Soon I was totally loving it, after 7 jumps I was qualified to jump solo and loved every second of it. I was suprised at how steep the learning curve was, within 2 or 3 days you can go from ground school and nervous, shakey exits onto hanging off the wing and naked ‘rodeo’ exits!! How much fun is that! It must have been pretty weird for the other passengers to share the plane with 3 guys wearing nothing but a sock. I cant wait to go back out there.

I went with a friend but dont worry about going out there on your own, I made loads of new friends whilst I was out there and am looking forward to meeting up with you all again, busting some new moves out in Avalon and continuing on with the extreme street walking. (watch out stringfellos, I have the Girkin card!)

The night life is great, great food, cold beer and loads of “balconies” to explore. You get an amazing feeling of self achievement from doing this course, I fully recomend it to anyone out there. Just go ahead and book yourself in and worry about it when your on your way out there, I guarentee you wont regret it! If you do hire a car, I do recomend bringing a couple of CD’s with you,flamenco FM drives you mad after a while. (Thanks for the CD girls)

Blue Skies, Fast(Soft) landings

Richard

Tomascz Cieslar / Thomas Knowles Testimonial

Tomascz Cieslar, Poland , FFU AFF Graduate.

AFF course in Spain with Freefall University? Absoloutley! The people that I met were great and the atmosphere on Drop Zone and in Aranjuez in the evenings was just wonderful. I’d recommend ‘DZ’ Ocana in Spain to everybody that wants to taste some amazing thrills based in the beautiful scenery of central Spain. I am already booked in for my second holiday!

Thomas Knowles, AFF Graduate FFU.

I’d like to thank every one at the Freefall University for helping me have one of the best times in my life, especially Sisi who trained me up. After the level 4 jump i wasn’t sure if i was going to carry on but i’m glad sisi kicked my arse into gear and got me back up again. This has definately been a life changing experience and my weekends will never be the same now as soon as the weather gets better over here i’ll be at the closest drop zone and up there.

I want to continue my progression with you in Ocaña next year by doing the next course in line ( formation skydiving )and I have caught the bug in a big way and would love to be one of your instructors one day! I know thats going to cost alot but it will all be worth it. If you have any info to help with that it would be a great help. David once again thanks for getting me over there to do this and the photo’s and videos are priceless they are all over my office and so many people I know want to start it up now they have seen someone they know doing it, so you will have have an influx of people with me next time. Thanks again to you and everyone there.

Tom

Adam Conduct / Chris Sargant Testimonial

Adam Conduct , UK , FFU Freefly beginner Student

I turned up at the DZ having never had any FF coaching before and not quite knowing what to expect. Louis, with ease, puts your mind at rest and quickly gets you into the swing of things with excellent briefs and obvious expertise from the off. Day 1 I spent learning to backfly, this was a bizarre experience as it was the first time ever, on purpose anyway, that I had spent any prolonged period on my back. It seemed that I just couldn’t get out of the habit of sticking my legs out, this resulted in doing 360’s at break neck speed.

A couple of sols later this skill came a lot more naturally.. Swiftly Louis moved me along to try and get into a sit position, it was amazing how much confidence you get by having constant tips and advice. It didn’t just stop at the jumping as well but catered right down the equipment aspects, very informative. I was very impressed at how the coaching was tailored to meet your very own requirements, it was not just a matter of getting up in the air and being shown a video of you jump afterwards. I was now at the point of getting vertical, time and time again, just for a couple of seconds I was there, vertical then, wam, back onto my back as all stability in the sit position goes. The smile after FF jumps was akin to going back to AFF just for the sheer thrill. Louis will make it work for you, his enthusiasm is obvious, never doubt his motives, FreeFlyers are the future and you will become one of them..

Chris Sargant, Formation Skydiving graduate and former AFF student.

I was very happy with my second holiday with the Freefall University. I loved Ocaña and Aranjuez ( what a nice city).

Please thank everyone in Manifest for their helpfull and freindly manner, and thanks to you for your help in organising what has been another fantastic week. Thanks also to Daniel for the fabulous FS training. I’m now right out of annual leave (and money!), but I hope to see you all again next spring!

 

 

David Christopher Lee / Robin Seiger Testimonial

David Christopher Lee, FFU Graduate.

The course was excellent. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the dopzone made it really easy to learn.

The course was excellent. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the dopzone made it really easy to learn.

 

 

 

 

Robin Seiger, FFU AFF Recertification Student.

Every drop zone and school has its own rhythm, energy and atmosphere. I found FFU has a cool rhythm, great energy and a friendly atmosphere. I originally began my AFF in the UK, (weather was a problem) so I went to the USA and did it there, it was fantastic, friendly and fun. I couldn’t imagine there being anywhere better. I then discovered the Freefall University – and my life has never been the same I now consider it my home DZ. The staff and regulars are encouraging (which is great when you are learning, and we never stop learning) friendly, professional and approachable, at any time.

I recently called David to get some advice and he could not have been more helpful, (well obviously he could have if he had he had offered to pay for my next 100 jumps in addition to a return airfare to Madrid – but I digress). I have seen both ends of the student experience ,and I can honestly says I would unhesitatingly recommend the Freefall University. As a first timer you will be nervous (or if you are like me very nervous) you need to jump frequently, gain knowledge, experience and with those three qualities comes confidence. More confidence = more experience = more knowledge = more JUMPS!!!

We all learn in different ways and at different speeds, no matter what your learning curve, you will find the right instructor to work with you. There are very few experiences in life which exceed your expectations, and for me Freefall University was one of those experiences, which is why I went back within four weeks of my first visit, and following a week jumping in the States with friends, plan to be back over New Year. If you’ve every thought about learning to skydive, you’ve found the right place. Now stop talking and start jumping.

Blue skies, Soft landing and Happy Daze!

Chris Baker / Vita Jeanne Jensen Testimonial

Chris Baker, FFU Graduate.

The instructors were great and I would definatley reccomend the dropzone. Good DZ, good people .As for what i felt in freefall , words cant describe it. The experience is unquestionable. My best jump was level seven. Next course for me is freeflying. It is without doubt the start of the rest of my life …….i’ll be seeing and jumping with you all again very soon….cheers.

 

 

Vita Jeanne Jensen from Denmark , FFU AFF Graduate.

I decided to the the course after doing a tandem. Since then I could not help saying the word freefall without smiling.

My best jump was level 6. The atmosphere was great on the dropzone and Ulli was very sensitive catering to my needs. The landing areas was big and soft for my not so good landing.