I finally managed to cut some video footage, so here it is: my 2015 skydive compilation!

I did only ~50 jumps, including a small competition at Skydive Eisenach and a boogie on the Borkum island. I also did my first helicopter jumps, which I did a seperate video for!

This time I used the royality-free and perfectly fitting song Chill-Out by Prysm.

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Another year has passed, so it’s time to review our achievements and goals. For me this also meant editing the footage from almost 100 skydives. The result is a compilation of my most fun jumps in 2014, including my friend’s attempt to solve a Rubik’s cube in free fall. Easy on the ground, not so easy at 200km/h (Update: he finally did it - good job!).

I had again problems to find some high-quality royalty-free music, until I came upon JekK. He makes some really nice electronic pop music. Make sure to check out his other songs!

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Speedstar 2014

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The variety of things you can do in freefall is one reason I love skydiving. Recently I participated in a competition called speedstar. The goal is to leave the plane unlinked, i.e. without holding each other, and get together as fast as possible. My skydiving club added another rule: after landing you have to step on the center of a target and then run towards an armchair. Just a little thing to spice up the competition. The total time of all team members is then taken into account.

After two rounds my team has actually won! Having only two teams, this wasn’t a huge achievement, but it was still a lot of fun.

I’ve also made another edit, this time with some heavier tones. Have fun!

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It’s been exactly one year since I went to Empuriabrava to learn to skydive. After 150 jumps I revisited this wonderful dropzone - this time with some friends from my skydiving club. Although the weather wasn’t always favorable I’ve had a great time doing some fun jumps. We celebrated two 100th jump milestones and the first tandem jump of our mate’s girlfriend - a soon-to-be jumper maybe? Congratulations to everyone!
Making a nice compilation video was even more time consuming than my last one. I really wanted to include some royalty-free music, but finding good sounding, suitable and free songs was harder than expected. Finally I discovered the band We Are FM from the Netherlands. They make a cool mix of electronic/indie/rock music, which I find excelent for that kind of a video. After watching and cutting tons of video footage for the last month I can finally present the result - enjoy!

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What a year! I’ve finally passed a skydiving course and got my license. From then on I’ve experienced all the aspects of being a skydiver. I’ve attended my first boogie, participated in some club competitions and even jumped out of a hot-air balloon. A few weeks ago I had my 150th jump. This whole thing still feels quite unreal.

In the winter break, it’s common to make a video compilation of some interesting moments from the last season. So did I! I’ve tried to present the awesomeness of this sport by including all the great and funny moments I’ve encountered in 2013. Enjoy!

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I visit the Heide Park Soltau amusement park every year. One of my favorite attractions is Colossos: the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world (~60m). This year I decided to record an on-ride video. I recommend lowering the volume because of an excellent screaming performance. ;)

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Hot Air Balloon Jump

Jumping out of a hot-air balloon was my dream ever since I started skydiving. I was so happy to hear that it will be offered at this year’s boogie at my local dropzone! I did not have to think twice about that.
The night before the jump I did not get much sleep. I had to get up at 4:00am to meet the others two hours later. It was six of us: four jumpers, one guest and the pilot. We took our gear and drove to the starting point. It was chosen according to the wind conditions, having the highest chance of flying over our dropzone. One can’t steer a hot-air balloon at all, so we had to hope for the best. Setting up the balloon took us about 20-30 minutes. We geared up quickly and took off. At first I felt the wind blowing. After gaining some forward speed the wind noise stopped. We admired the beautiful sunset and waited for our exit point.

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So I have failed. How could I become a skydiver, when I wasn’t able to learn one of the most important things: a stable body position. There was no point in continuing the static line course.

So should I just give up? Well, there was another option left: an AFF course. Unfortunately it is not offered at my local drop zone, so I had to find another one. After some research I came up with a great idea: I could use my vacation time to take this course abroad!

I decided to go to Skydive Empuriabrava, one of the most famous drop zones in the world. I could start before the skydiving season in Germany and jump every day, assuming the weather would be OK. In fact this was my biggest worry – this region is known for high winds which often make jumps impossible. But I still wanted to give it a try. Even if I could not finish my course I’d enjoy a great vacation in sunny Catalonia.

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Static line jump

Last year I did my first tandem jump. It was an incredible experience and I decided to take a course to learn how to skydive on my own. Skydiving season was almost over so I had to wait until spring. My determination was getting stronger during the winter months. I used this time to watch a lot of skydiving videos and do some research.

I’ve found out that there are two different training methods.

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