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Attached securely to an instructor, this is a great way to give
skydiving a whirl. Because you’re jumping with a professional,
you don’t need to have the in-depth training/preparation
that you would when learning to skydive solo. Tandem jumps
are also popular gifts for friends and family.
This recognised course – an extensive program that includes
a number of stages – is designed to teach you to skydive
solo. You’ll be required to participate in on-the-ground
training, and when first cleared to jump, it will be in the
company of two instructors available to assist during free-fall.
When jumping static line, it’s generally from a low altitude.
You’re attached to the aircraft through a line at one end and
your parachute at the other, so your fall pulls the line tight,
activating your main chute. Over subsequent jumps, you will
gradually increase altitude and free-fall, and learn to release
your own chute.
You can skydive to land in Perth City, or further afield in
Busselton (inset, photography Southern Skydivers).
Where to dive
Perth CBD, Rockingham and York
Skydive The Beach and Beyond
1300 663 634, skydive.com.au.
Alfred Cove (between Perth and Fremantle),
Pinjarra, Mandurah Beach
WA Skydiving Academy
1300 137 855, waskydiving.com.au.
WA is home to eight operators offering a variety of jumps across the
state, including the nation’s largest skydiving centre at York. Newest
to the fold is the landing at Langley Park in the city.
Lighthouse to Leighton
kite race organiser Tim
Turner recommends that
newbies to the sport head
out to the warm and shallow
waters of the Swan River
for their first lessons.
Here are his tips for
1. PAY FOR LESSONS
Even if you are a great
surfer, sailor or windsurfer,
there is still a great deal
to learn around kiting
and the safe setting up of
2. BODY DRAGGING
You must get good at
this before introducing
a board to your kiting
experience. An instructor
can help you perfect this.
Buy a DVD or watch
some on YouTube. See
what it is going to take.
Buy your own kite and
practise, practise, practise.
My number one tip for
learning to go up-wind?
Just imagine that you have
a 50c piece between your
butt cheeks and clench.
This changes the pressure
dynamic on the heel rail
of the board and almost
magically allows you to
kite into the wind.
We’ve got the world-famous Freo Doctor
blowing throughout Spring, and some of the
most beautiful beaches in the world. With
twin-tip boards starting at around $700 on
actionsportswa.com.au, it’s time to give
kiteboarding a try!
Photography Tim Turner.
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