Instructors and Camera Flyers

Skydive Nagambie employs some of the most highly qualified and skilled instructional staff in the country who take pride in ensuring that every trainee is mentally and physically prepared for their skydive. As a result, our courses offer the highest standard of instruction found anywhere in Australia. All instructors are qualified by the APF and undergo a rigorous training regime and examination before being approved. They must maintain regular instructional activity and are re-examined every two years.

Skydive Nagambie's Chief Instructor Don Cross has over 10,000 jumps to his credit and has been instructing since 1988. Don has competed for Australia at four World Championships in formation skydiving. Over the previous two years Don was the Director of Instructors for Australia, and since his resignation from this position has taken on the role of Instructor Panel Chair for the Victorian Tasmanian Parachute Council.

Staff

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Don Cross

Don Cross

Chief Instructor, AFF Instructor, Tandem Master, Pilot, Drop Zone Operator, Formation Champion & Coach, Jump Pilot Examiner, Instructor Examiner and APF Director Instructors

Since doing his first jump in 1985, Don Cross has achieved much in the sport of skydiving. Of note, he was awarded the AUSTRALIAN SPORTS MEDAL 2000 by the Prime Minister Mr John Howard, and the Governor General Sir William Dean.

Don has achieved over 10,000 skydives in his career and when he isn’t jumping out of planes you’ll find him flying them. You just can’t keep his feet on the ground.

In 1999 he was awarded the Diploma of Excellence in Formation Skydiving from the Federal Aeronautique Internationale – the International Skydiving Federation. His 8 Way team still holds the Australian Record for the maximum number of formations scored, a record made at the World Championships in 1999.

A veteran of competition Don has won 8 National Skydiving Championships in his time, the most recent being 2007. In 2008 Don became a World Champion by representing Australia in Formation Skydiving in a veterans event for parachutists over 40 years of age.

After 20 years of continuous service and over 1000 military jumps in the Australian ARMY Don still maintains his ties, as a Reservist, by providing parachute instruction when required. Don is also a highly qualified Coach and Instructor with an Associate Diploma in Vocational Training.

Louise Cross

Louise Cross

AFF Instructor, Drop Zone Safety Officer and Drop Zone Operator, Manifester
Louise has completed 1500 jumps since 1987. She has been an active instructor at several drop zones, and came to Victoria with Don Cross to run Skydive Nagambie.

Louise has been competing at State and National Level since the beginning of her skydiving career, and was a member of Australia's largest women's freefall formations in 1990 and 1992. She was also a member of the largest mixed freefall formation in the country in 1993. After just 3 years of skydiving, Louise became the Victorian Intermediate runner up State Champion!

Since 1991, she has focused on teaching and coaching others in the sport of skydiving. With her impeccable safety record, Louise is also the Drop Zone Safety Operator for all disciplines. With the friendliest manner on the microphone, you will find Louise at manifest most weekends, getting people organised to get in the plane and go jumping!

1991 - APF AFF Instructor
1994 - Level 2 Coaching Accreditation
1997 - Instructor B Rating
2000 - Drop Zone Safety Officer (all disciplines)
2000 - Australian Canopy Relative Work Crest
Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher

Instructor A, AFF Instructor, Tandem Instructor, Static Line Instructor, Flat Fly Load Organiser, Formation Skydiving Coach

Tom has been skydiving for over twelve years, starting in 2003 in Scotland.

After spending time at drop zones both there, in England and training overseas he moved to Australia in 2014 and now calls Skydive Nagambie home.

Tom enjoys instructing and coaching, and finds it incredibly rewarding to see students progress. As well as being a Course Instructor, he holds AFF, tandem and static line endorsements and overseas instructor and coach ratings.

Tom's main interest is formation skydiving, and he enjoys competing in 4-way, big-ways and is always happy to load organise and get more people involved and jumping together. Tom is a current Australian National Record holder, having been part of the 119-way largest Australian formation skydive.

Steph Vaughan

Steph Vaughan

AFF Instructor, Formation Skydiving Champion & Coach, Rigger
Steph started skydiving at the age of 16 and now has over 3500 jumps. She participated in the 81 way Australian record in 1999, and completed her AFF Instructor rating in 2000.

Steph has spent a lot of time jumping at various locations in the States, building up skills and has competed in teams around Australia. In 08 Steph competed at the World champs in France with her team Snatch Force. She also won the National Championships with her new team Rotor Out and broke the Australian record for turning the most points in a formation Skydive and most recently won gold with her team 'rotor out' in the 2012 Aussie National Championships.
Scott Clark

Scott Clark

Aff Instructor, Formation Skydiving Champion & Coach

Scott did his first skydive at the tender age of 17. After 12 jumps he quickly ran out of money!! Fast forward 21 years, armed with a gift voucher, Scott arrived at Skydive Nagambie to complete his AFF course and has never looked back.

Since then Scott has completed around 700 skydives including severalAustralian record breaking large formation jumps in 2010 & 2012. Scott also competes as a memebr of 4 way team 'Reloaded' ,with recent successes of a gold medal at the Victorian State Championships and Bronze medal at the 2013 National Championships.

Scott enjoys the interaction with students and being able to join them on their first skydive. Scott is always happy to give a couple of extra minutes to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

John Kinton

John Kinton

AFF & Static Line Instructor, Instructor A
John Kinton is living proof that age is no barrier in the sport of skydiving. John began his skydiving career in 1989 and has clocked up over 1300 jumps. A keen POP’s (Parachutists Over Phorty) member, John has participated in 7 World POP’s Meets and jumped in many countries including Jordan, Switzerland, the USA, Spain, England, Canada and NZ.

You can often find John in the classroom taking Newbies through their AFF Course.

Jonny D

Jonny D

AFF Instructor, Tandem Master, Camera Flyer, Freefly Tutor, Instructor B
Jono has clocked up 4500 jumps in his 6 years of jumping around Drop Zones in South Africa, New Zealand, Norway, USA and Oz. He digs freeflying and can’t say no to going very, very fast.

When not racing the pilots down to the bar on sunset loads, he’ll either be working on an advertising campaign in the real world or necking some quality vino at the nearest winery.

His philosophy - 'True happiness is only a plane ride away!'
Maddy Cross

Maddy Cross

Events Manager & Manifest

After completing 10 tandem skydives, as soon as Maddy hit 16 she was ready to take on her AFF course. In just under a year Maddy has well over 300 jumps and a great knowledge of the sport. As event organiser and occasional manifestor, Maddy will be an instructor in no time!
James Boyle

James Boyle

AFF Instructor, Formation Skydiving Champion & Coach
James did his first jump back in 1993 and has been jumping at Nagambie
since the dropzone first opened. Notching up about 4,500 jumps over the last 20
years, James is a keen formation skydiving competitor. He has competed in
countless local and national competitions and represented Australia in 8-way
formation skydiving at the 2004 World Championships in Croatia.
As an instructor, James loves taking students on their training jumps,
helping them develop into proficient skydivers. When not at the drop zone you
can find James out on the water (as long as it's not too cold), or hunched over
a keyboard back in Melbourne at his real job.
Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

AFF Instructor, Formation Skydiving Champion & Coach

Sarah started skydiving right here at Nagambie in 2009 and hasn't looked back since.

Competing regularly in 4-way across Victoria and interstate, she's hoping to crack into 2-way FreeFly over the next couple of years. Having recently become an AFF instructor, Sarah loves helping and seeing other skydivers get into this sport and progressing and is a firm believer in having fun whilst learning.
When not at a DZ, Sarah is often found online organising events for jumpers and training for various sporting events.
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