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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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