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JSC has received the Lilizela Tourism Award for Visitor Experience in the Action & Adventure category - two years in a row!!


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 Chairman's Note 

Posted 5 January 2017

Happy 2017!

Hi there everyone!

And before we knew it, another year has gone! So, happy 2017!

We are very excited for what 2017 holds for JSC and I can just feel that this is going to be a great year!

We will be having our AGM on the 28th of January 2017, so please make sure that your membership is current and fully paid up so you can cast your vote!! Our JSC membership fees had to be reviewed with a slight increase for 2017/2018 and is now payable at a rate of R660. Please complete our online membership form here.

If you are keen to serve on the committee and you would like to participate in the management of our wonderful Club, please contact me directly on pottie@jsc.co.za. Should anyone wish to nominate someone for any of the committee positions, please confirm that they are willing to stand and then send me an email where you nominate the person for the position in question.

We are fortunate that some current committee members are willing to make themselves available to stand for another year but unfortunately, there are some who needed to step down due to work commitments.

Members who are available for another year are as follows:

Chief Instructor: (NSTO appointed position, not voted in at AGM)

  Beverley Cosslett


  Eugene (Pottie) Potgieter


  Samantha Chapman

Operations Manager:

  Fritz Schoeman

Grounds Manager:

  Gerrie Peyper

Marketing Manager:

  Jeannie Swanepoel


Unfortunately, Pam Turner has indicated that she cannot stand for another year. Pam has done a tremendous job as our treasurer and we grant her some trouble-free skydiving, not having to keep a watchful eye on her calculator and bank messages on her way up to altitude! Pam, thank you, you will be sorely missed!

I have received one nomination for Chris Badenhorst to take over the reins from Pam. If there are any other nominations, please be so kind as to forward me the relevant details?

Equipment Officer:

Peter Hansen has left our ranks to pursue a career in New Zealand and apparently he is doing so well that they refuse to let him go. We were very fortunate to have Warren Hitchcock step up to the plate and stand in for Peter until the AGM. Warren is prepared to stand for equipment officer for the next year. If any other candidates are interested, please be so kind as to forward me their details too?

We have started to make a point to co-opt and involve newer members in sub committee positions which has produced amazing results!! Get involved guys! Let’s build this club into something even more spectacular!

More news will follow as we get closer to the AGM and there just may be some cool toys floating around that weekend! Oh yes, and a party, we MUST have a party!


Blue Skies

 Thank You! 

Posted 22 December 2016


Another year gone and we did not even see it go past!

2016 was such a great year and we have a lot to be thankful for! We are blessed with the health to enjoy this incredible sport and even more so, with the wonderful and colourful family JSC constantly grows in our lives!

Our Instructors Body is still growing and JSC can now boast with more current Instructors than we ever had! We have welcomed several new Jumpmasters and Coaches, which secures JSC as the leader in the industry as far as progression is concerned.

I have to thank the people who REALLY keep the big wheel turning. The JSC Committee as usual, excelled in making this an even more special year and one so easily assumes that everything just happens by itself. Guys, it is HARD and tedious work at zero remuneration! Thank you JSC Committee, you have earned yourselves the rest!

Our Instructors, Jumpmasters, Coaches and everyone else who helped keep all of us safe, thank you, thank you, thank you!

The canteen personnel, thank you for the friendly family environment and fantastic food! – oh yes, and the cold beer, don’t forget about the cold beer! Patrick who is our run-around guy, making sure the plane is clean and the bowser stays full (and I know we don’t always appreciate you enough) boet, thank you!

Wherever you may travel over this Festive Season, please do so safely and return home well rested as 2017 is going to be an even bigger “gatskop” year!

Please allow me to wish you all a Merry Christmas and an absolutely phenomenal and mind blowing 2017!

Blue Skies

 Chairman's Note 

Posted 8 December 2016

It has come to the JSC Committee’s attention that some of our members sometimes land up at other clubs. Obviously, this raises reason for grave concern. However, the ever vibrant and calculated JSC Committee has found a solution to that problem!

In order to assist members becoming that disorientated, we have now decided to promote accuracy jumps. This way, when you find the accuracy mat, you can actually now have peace of mind that you have, in fact, found the JSC landing area too!

On a serious note, Style, Accuracy and Paraski can be a very exciting discipline once you start exploring it and the JSC Committee, in conjunction with Paul (Simba) Marcellin & SSA will start promoting this discipline at a never to be repeated bargain rate!

Just to make sure we have your attention, when last did you pay only R90 for a slot!!!?? Your great great grandfather paid more than that!

So, as from the 28th January 2017, available to FULLY paid up JSC members ONLY, these free radical accuracy slots aka FRAS (and please note without the “FRAPPE” as we are a cool club) are yours subject to the conditions below. Some more good news – until then, the deal will also be available to non-JSC members who have paid their daily membership!

The deal:
- R90 slot price
- Strictly for a pre-nominated target and classic accuracy flight pattern with a canopy size 230sft minimum
- Exit at 2500' on jumpers' own spot
- Available to any suitably briefed and prepared skydiver from A license up with CI approval

The T&C’s:
- Gear hire (when relevant) will be on the standard terms offered by JSC
- The FRAS is only available when the aircraft is taking off with slots open
eg: slot number 9 in the Atlas Angel when it is taking off with 8 regular paying jumpers
eg: slot numbers 7 and 8 in the Atlas Angel when it is taking off with 6 regular paying jumpers
- To be clear, a FRAS can never be in place of full-paying / normal jump slot(s) and a FRAS jumper will be bumped if a regular paying jumper(s) steps up to the load
- Strictly one jump-run for all FRAS jumpers per load
- From the 2017 AGM forward the FRAS will only be available to paid up JSC members. Until that date it is also open to visiting jumpers (paying the daily visiting fee)
- The JSC Committee may at own discretion adjust any condition of the deal and in such an event will provide a reason to the club members for that adjustment

Other stuff:
- It is quite possible to engage with the classic accuracy system of flight management and target attack with a regular student canopy (including SL canopies)
- All jumpers that choose to participate on FRAS jumps are strongly urged to take a few minutes to read and absorb the information at Accuracy Landing under section FREEFALL STYLE & ACCURACY LANDING and PARASKI in the PASA MOPs
- The SAP committee will incorporate a series of mini coaching clinics into the future, in compliment with this opportunity that JSC has established. Further details to follow in due course
- For more information contact JSC or / and SAP sub-comm: Simba at skyrats1@gmail.com

See you all at JSC, where cool people help people to actually find the landing area!

 Best Action & Adventure 2 years in a row!! 

Posted 30 September 2016

JSC is recognised by West Rand Tourism and now Gauteng Tourism award for Best Action and Adventure for 2016. This is 2 years in a row!!

JSC received the Lilizela Tourism Award 2016 for Visitor Experience in the Action & Adventure category!

We rock!!

Thanks to the amazing club members, the committee members who spend so much of their personal time on projects and all the staff who make our club the rockstar place it is.

This is a really big deal. We are recognised by the West Rand Tourism and now the Gauteng Tourism award for Best Action and Adventure for 2016. 
This is 2 years in a row!

I am so proud. But this award belongs to every one of our members that make our club so great.

Keep shining,


Posted 20 June 2016

Another amazing Smoking Dragon event!

Smoking Dragon Boogie, Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, Bergville, KZN - 16 June 2016

Amazing people, amazing skydives, catching up with some dear old friends. What a ball!

Thank you to all who helped to make this possible! The ever so incredible JSC committee, Skydive Durban and all the jumpers joining us from places as far as Cape Town and Botswana!

Essop, Thabang, Garai, Cyril and George went through great effort to get there and they even sponsored Happy Hour for all the skydivers! You guys ROCK! The event delivered a minimum of incidents and a special thanks to Andrew Du Toit from Durban in assisting us with safety. What a chilled CI (but watch out, he is a big oke) :)

Huge thanks to our two Boogie pilots, Justin and Jaco for giving us total peace of mind! You guys are legends!

We had Neels and his hot air balloon team over, coming down all the way from Gauteng. Believe it or not, it took forever, but yours truly (die uwe Pottie Potgieter) can now also tick off the hot air balloon jump. (Yes, I did buy beer and a lot of it.)

When clubs get together and there is some intelligence vitamins flowing, there will always be some sharp initiatives arising, especially from a drinking thinking tank of this capacity.

So, here is the masterplan:

After serious consideration and intense negotiations between the masterminds from Jo’burg and Durban, it was decided to relive a long overdue tradition...


Next year July, we are going to bowl this curveball into this quiet, unsuspecting coastal town and show them what fun is all about!!!

As expected, Durban and JSC will co-host this great event and we will be taking down two turbines to make it all happen! We plan to slot this in with the school holidays so EVERYONE can have some fun!

Don’t forget about the Botswana Epic Boogie guys. It is starting from the 14th of July and believe me when I say that you want to be there!!!!

Blue Skies

 Three reach 1000th skydive on the same load!!! 

Posted 21 January 2016

Peter Hansen, Ryan Weeks and Bruce Tait completed their 1000th jump on the 17th January 2016, on the same load, at Johannesburg Skydiving Club.


Has anyone even heard a crazy awesome statistic like this???

THREE JSC members doing their 1000th jump on the exact same load... We certainly haven't!

Bruce Tait, Peter Hansen and Ryan Weeks completed their 1000th jump on the 17th January 2016, on the same load, at Johannesburg Skydiving Club.

That Just Happened. What an AMAZING Achievement!!! We are not too sure about this, we certainly haven't EVER heard of anything of this nature happening at any club, anywhere, around the WORLD.... Three club members reach this amazing achievement on the same jump...

We are blessed to have them and we're tremendously proud.


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 Food for Thought 

Posted 21 January 2016

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Join the conversation!

We've added a new section to our website where we encourage members to share skydiving articles of interest and generally start safety discussions.

You can add your own comments at the bottom of the articles, so join the conversation!

Our very first contribution comes from veteran JSC member, Warren Dent – thanks Warren!

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 Chairman's Report 

Posted 1 July 2015

JSC remains the leader, setting an example for others to follow!

Hi everyone,

I find myself humbled and to say the honest truth, somewhat overwhelmed.

JSC received an invitation to attend the West Rand Tourism Award Evening held at Silver Star casino on Monday 20 July.

Needless to say, this is a most prestigious event and only receiving an invitation to attend it, already is quite an achievement.

Our expectations were exceeded by far and we are proud to report back to our membership with the following awards presented to JSC:

JSC has won 4 awards in the 8th West Rand Tourism Awards - Gold in the category Adventure Experience; Overall Winner in the Tourism Experience (floating trophy); Platinum in the Best Tourism Experience; and our esteemed Chairman Pottie was the overall winner in the Tourism Ambassador of the Year - well done JSC!!!

1. Adventure Experience: GOLD AWARD

2. Best Tourism Experience: PLATINUM AWARD

3. Tourism Experience: OVERALL WINNER
(floating trophy)

4. Special Award: Tourism Ambassador of the Year:

This huge privilege and honour would never have turned into a reality, had it not been for the passion and active participation of the team I am so blessed to be a part of.

The Johannesburg Skydiving Club Committee, Tandem Masters, Editors, Hosts, Cameramen and all other members selflessly contributing to making JSC the spectacular Club it is, deserve more mention than I do. (There are so many of you and I cannot mention any names in fear of excluding someone.)

Guys thank you for your continued efforts!

JSC will now automatically be included for nominations for awards on a higher level and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!!!!

 JSC Wins 4 Tourism Awards! 

Posted 30 June 2015

JSC has won 4 awards in the 8th West Rand Tourism Awards - Gold in the category Adventure Experience; Overall Winner in the Tourism Experience (floating trophy); Platinum in the Best Tourism Experience; and our esteemed Chairman Pottie was the overall winner in the Tourism Ambassador of the Year - well done JSC!!!

I am exceptionally pleased and proud to announce that Johannesburg Skydiving Club just won 4 awards in the 8th West Rand Tourism Awards.

The awards were hosted at Silverstar Casino and many dignitaries from municipal, local and national government attended the event.

JSC won the following awards:

And our esteemed Chairman Eugene “Pottie” Potgieter won

Based on the other winners and the fact that JSC won the Overall Floating Trophy for OVERALL Tourism Experience shows that all the hard work was worth it and we can only strive to make JSC the best tourist destination not only in the West Rand, but in South Africa as a whole.

I have to extend a heartfelt thank you and congratulations to the whole Committee who work tirelessly every day to ensure the operation continues to excel, the tandem masters who make the tourist experience so memorable, the camera crew who capture it all, the editors who entrench the memories forever, the packers for ensuring they all keep flying safely and to all the members who contribute to the instructor body including JM’s and Instructors. And the support staff that play such an integral role in the background, manifest, canteen and bar operators and staff keep us all going each weekend, without who, we would be lost (and starving), thank you.

This is an amazing ship we have and I am so proud to have been part of this phenomenal achievement for 2015.

Well done,

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