My first update in quite a few months! Oh how the time does fly!
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas/winter holiday and new year. I went to Liverpool (European City of Culture 2008) about 200 miles north of my home town to celebrate. It was freeeeezing.
Some photos from the trip are up on my page. It was a shame I did now have the decent camera with me but I am reasonably pleased with what I took.
We had a quiet Christmas this time as unfortunately my granddad passed away about 2 months earlier (in October). He is missed a lot but we are happy that he is now reunited with his beloved wife (our grandma).
Now it's back to work as usual
I am still find time for skydiving of course! I went down to my usual drop zone on Saturday. It was nice weather but busy and there was only one aircraft operation (usually they have 2) so I only got to do 2 jumps (normally would look at 3-5 jumps at this time of the year). But even though it was not a busy day for me, it was really great to catch up with my friends, as I had not seen many of them for nearly 2 months.
I also attended the UK skydiving governing body AGM 2 weeks ago, which is a day of seminars, exhibitions and talks, the results of the council election and then in the evening a dinner dance. Also a highlight of the social calendar!! And a great excuse to dress up
In 3 jumps' time I will be able to apply for my "C" certificate. There are 4 levels of certification - A (notice) through to D (advanced) and each requires a minimum number of jumps and skills/extra qualifications. C cert requires 200 jumps and a qualification such as Formation Skydiving 1 or Free Fly 1. In a nutshell, attaining the C cert allows the skydiver allows the skydiver to work towards new levels, train to be an instructor or coach and gives them more responsibilities.
Now to find a weekend of good weather so I can go for that 200 jump milestone