Ha Thi Bich, Van
Klimas, Dr. Dick
de Leon, Roger
|Hello Kaleidoscope Divers,
I want to thank everyone
who participated on the Kaleidoscope Dives this year for making 2007 our
best series of big-ways to date. It was so much fun making one great skydive
after another. Each dive had its own unique set of challenges, and we learned
to handle all (most) of them with a progressive learning curve until we
achieved our desired goals. All those smiles and positive vibes on the
DZ made my heart sing.
The stable weather (albeit
nippy in the mornings), the professional support from Skydive DeLand and
National Skydiving League, and the expert guidance from our talented Plane
Captains gave us the opportunity to raise the bar, but it was a combination
of consistent individual performances and collaborative teamwork that made
the magic happen in the sky - over and over again. Thank you!! Thank you!!
There are a lot of moving
parts when putting 100+ skydivers in the sky together, and an injury free
(almost) event doesn't happen by chance. Thank you ALL for keeping the
"Safety First" lamp burning throughout this event!
Our Camera Team led by Andrey
Veselov, along with Gustavo Cabana and Phil Roberson did a super job recording
debrief video as well as snapping some incredible images of our handiwork.
We would like to have a DVD made of these dives, but I hesitate to commit
to an event DVD that requires using PAL and NTSC video formats and material
from three nations... but we are trying to make this happen. There are,
however, great opportunities to get photographs for our walls by perusing
the following websites, and making contact with the photographer(s) of
Veselov - Gustavo
Cabana - Phil
So what do we do for next
year? Let's try to improve the Kaleidoscope Dives everywhere we can, so
we can raise the bar another notch! And how do we do this? I encourage
you to let me know your thoughts on ways that we can improve this event.
Already, we have decided to provide the Plane Captains with better tools
to work with, such as having a separate debrief area for each Plane Team.
I am sure there are many more ways to make additional improvements. So,
please send me any and all of your critiques.
Until next year, then, I
wish you all a happy holiday season.
PS: For those of you on World
Team '06, you will be getting a special present in the coming weeks - finally!
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of the Kaleidoscope Dives at the NSL
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> Schedule > SkyQuest 2007
2007 - Dive Plan
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