Meet our Cameraman: Traggi!

Thorsten Jung – nickname „Traggi“ – is our XL Version of a teddy bear. He did his first jump at FSZ Saar in 2007 and has found his passion as tandem master and video man. We are super happy that Traggi is flying with us as a professional video guy AND as our „Rock in the Surf“.

Traggi is the man of all Team Pictures and Videos and puts us into the perfect scene. As the one and only boy flying with us he is always the invisible one… but thanks to his great personality he is omnipresent by heart. If you hear death metal in the morning, smell pulled pork being smoked or are forced to look at hilarious youtube videos it’s probably Traggi 🙂

First jump: 2007
Home Dropzone: FSZ Saar, Saarlouis
Skydives: 2300
Tunnel time : 15 Minutes (in Eloy with Thomas Hughes and the Team :-)))

SKYNAMITE Coaching

We are coaching FS Skills all over Germany outdoor and indoor. Especially at our Home Dropzone FSZ Saar in Saarlouis there have been a lot of eager FS Rookies who have completed up to three FS coaching camps with us – still wanting more 🙂 We like to train good basic skills first – which include stretching in the morning, preparing jumps technically, entering an exiting the plane, flying your body in a certain direction / level / distance, how to fly 2-way / 3-way / 4 way formations and drill dives as homework for tunnel and outdoor. Safety skills like rig check, tracking and landing patterns are mandatory.

Check out Facebook for our next FS camp oder leave us a message… We can’t wait to fly with you!

Protect Yourself – Ear Protection for Skydivers

Skydiving is more dangerous for your hearing than you might imagine. Every jump your ears are packed full of decibels, from the roar of the plane’s engine to the thunder of the wind during freefall. Also spending hours in the wind tunnel is a very noisy business.

In the same way you protect your ears when you hang out by the speakers in the front row of a live concert, you’d be best advised to protect your ears when you go skydiving. Especially if you jump quite often – like we do while team training  –  it is useful to have a pair of trusty earplugs.

The best protection you’ll get by a pair of customized earplugs from an audiolologist. You will have to invest about 100-150 Euros, but it is definitely worth it. These little fellows fit into your ears perfectly… and they are very comfortable to wear. And don’t be scared of overhearing important sounds like the voices of your skydive buddies during the climb – this will not be the case.

SKYNAMITE Inside Center Sandra got her brandnew pair of customized ear protection just some days ago. She could choose out of several colours, and picked the one that is best visible in case they fall onto the grass while taking off the helmet after landing – a bright red. She only had to visit the audiologist once for making an imprint of her ears. This takes about 10 minutes, and you get bright green silicone injected into both ears, and ok you look quite stupid while waiting for it to dry. 😉

As a result you get two interesting looking templates of your ear canals. That’s it!

Three weeks later the earplugs were ready for pickup… right on time for our next team training.

Some time ago the German Parachute Association published some interesting facts about noise in skydiving on their website. They are absolutely worth reading (available only in german).

Skydiver’s Fitness

Our Fitness Guru and Outside Center Janine believes that it is very important to be in a good physical and mental condition to be successful in skydiving and it also makes you feel good (we agree!!). She recommends a set of excersises – for which you don’t even need any equipment to do them and you can do them anywhere, even at the drop zone during a weather hold. So here come her favorite exercises:

1. Plank: Start from the belly position, put on your forearms-elbows under your shoulder. Put on the tips of the feet, now lift your legs off the ground and keep your body in a straight line (like a board-your butt not too high). Your eyes directed to the ground. Keep it as long as you can and do not forget to breathe 😉

2. Diagonal Crunch: Go to the Back position and angle the legs, feet are hip-width, hands on the sides of the temples. Now move your right elbow to your left knee – at the same time pulling diagonally to each other and vice versa. Make sure to exhale together and inhale while lying down.

3. Variant (static): Hips in a line with the knee joint, hands one line above the shoulder (slightly bent elbow joint, the thumb should be relaxed to show up). Now loosen diagonally at the same time the left arm and the right leg, keep it briefly in this position as seen in the picture and then put it back in the upright stand.

3.2 Variant (dynamic): Keep knees and elbows together under your belly, do not twist the pelvis. Exhale to each other and inhale while stretching.

4. Squad: Standing shoulder width, with the buttocks pressed down towards the heel as shown in the picture, exhale, the knees should be rotated slightly outwards and not be pushed over the tips of the feet, keeping the back as straight as possible. The easiest way to collapse your arms. When coming back, breathe in the vertical position and do not stretch your knees at the start and end points.

Do you also do some exercises to stay fit? Do you have other ways to be successful in skydiving? I’m very interested in your opinion about this topic, so, if you like, give me your feedback.

Yours – TJ

SKYNAMITE On Air again :-)

Starting the season after a long period of tunnel training can be disappointing. But if you focus on all the facts that will be different you can approach them from the start – e.g. subterminal phase, no references (like tunnel walls), different weight and balance. But most important – be safe, practice your emergency procedure and look after each other! Blue skies, everybody 🙂