Certificates - Most
I started skydiving in 1979 and all certificates
and awards below can be verified by the BPA
(British Parachute Association), the USPA
(United States Parachute Association) & KNVvL De Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaart.
I have over 6,000 jumps and I'm in my 26th year
of membership with the USPA, and 35th year of membership with the
BPA. Join me on Facebook
I did my first skydive at langar parachute centre and spent
two years as a club member before leaving to join the parachute regiment.
I spent five years on the Red Devils Freefall Team taking part in parachute
displays around the world. I then left to join GQ Parachutes as a project
engineer designing and testing parachutes.
After three years working for GQ Parachutes, I left to set up
my own company called Sky Science to sell and service parachute equipment.
The company then moved into manufacturing custom parachute equipment and organising
skydiving stunts for the TV & Film industry.
I have worked on three James Bond Films, two Tomb Raider Films,
CBBC TV, You Bet, Seconds to Impact, Saving Private Ryan, The Borrowers, The
New Avengers, Notting Hill, Mr Lonely, True Hero's and Batman; taking part
in and coordinating skydiving stunts and manufacturing custom safety harnesses
for the stunt crew and major movie stars.
As a BPA Examiner I spent five years as chairman of the BPA
Riggers Committee and member of the Safety And Training Committee. During
this period I spent thousands of hours working on varies BPA projects to develop
training systems and improve safety within the sport.
I have worked on many drop zones as an instructor teaching and
coaching students and qualified skydivers. I have worked on all types of parachute
equipment and trained qualified skydivers to pack, service and repair parachutes.
I have worked with many parachute manufacturers as a dealer selling their
equipment and working at their establishments. I have taken part and organised
many parachute displays and competitions. I have traveled to drop zones all
over the world and taken part in many parachute symposiums and have given
presentations to the worlds top skydivers.
After selling part of Sky Science I moved from the UK to open
a parachute centre in Spain. I set up and managed Skydive Spain for a period
of seven years before selling the company. I am currently running Sky Science
once again which has now been refined to concentrate on those aspects of the
sport that interest me the most; coordinating skydiving stunts, promoting the sport and teaching.
I am passionate about my new project as owner of Skydive Safety
as this is my way to continue educating skydivers, to enjoy this thrilling
sport in a safe and fulfilling way. My current riggers licence is valid until 1st March 2015 and my current instructors licence is valid until 30th September 2014.