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NFTO, a 4-way FS team from the UK are currently the Silver world medallists and the current UK National champions!
We spoke to Anna Hicks from NFTO who explained why they love team training at Skydive Algarve. We love team raining at Skydive Algarve for so many reasons! Firstly of course the weather – it’s got some of the best weather in Europe for jumping, so we can be pretty confident to book to train any time of the year there! We also love the plane capacity – with often two Dornier G92s, and one Cessna caravan, and plenty of fun jumpers and tandems to keep the plane turning, we don’t have to worry about getting the jumps in. On top of this the landing area is great and it’s only a 30 second run back to the hangar for back-to-backs and the lovely packers, and the DZ staff are super supportive and helpful. And of course, Alvor and the Algarve is a great location in general – beautiful beaches and scenery, and a bustling and good value town for when we occasionally get the chance to get out and about in between training.
World Champions “Hayabusa” are a 4 way FS military team from Belgium.
“With the end of a tough 2020 behind us, it feels great to look ahead and plan for a new season. The COVID pandemic had forced us to make a line-up change earlier than we had planned for. Mike (Michele Silvi) became my new piece partner, as Dave was going for the camera slot after many very successful years as a 4way competitor. Luc our oldest member of HayaBusa was ready for his retirement over the summer.
After sitting together to make our ideal training program for 2021, one thing was clear. The early months of outdoor training would have to be at Skydive Algarve. After kick-starting our 2018 season in the Algarve all of us found a new home away from home. Being able to leave the grey and wet weather of Belgium, and train early in the year has, without a doubt been instrumental in getting us to the top of the podium in Australia. Standing on top feels amazing ofcource, but it also feels like you are standing on top of a huge iceberg. The people only see the top, but you know there is a huge amount of work and jumps below the surface. Jumps made possible by so many people supporting the team. This is where Skydive Algarve really understood our needs from the beginning. Early start of the day, good and fast packers, great pilots and predictable drops, friendly and helpful manifest and ground control. The whole SDA team was making sure we could jump as much and as fast as we wanted to, did I mention being able to board the plane in front of the hangar :p? After what feels like ages, we can’t wait to be back in the sky and start building the bottom of a new iceberg!”
Jeroen Nollet, proud member of HayaBusa
The Qatar skydive teams are 4-way and 8-way military skydive teams who train regualary at Skydive Algarve. The four teams are The Tigres, The Falcons and the junior teams- The Lions and The Cheetahs.
Speaking to Gary Smith about Skydive Algarve as a Team Training location DZ he stated….
“What a great team training Drop Zone.
As a former competitor and now full time coach I feel that Skydive Algarve is an amazing DZ where you can train really hard and also enjoy a fun atmosphere provided by the DZ staff.
The manifest is super efficient and to add to this they have fast aircraft and friendly packers who never complain even though they are sometimes swamped with pack-jobs!
The DZ staff go out of their way to make you feel very welcome and from the outside you can feel that they all work together as a great team.
I look forward to my next trip!”
One Call is a 2-way Wingsuit team from Norway!
We spoke to Amber Forte about Skydive Algarve as a team training destination and she stated…
Myself, Espen Fadnes and Andreas Hemli have been training as an acrobatic wingsuit team since 2018. We have been training at several different drop zones around the world, but none quite compare to Skydive Algarve!
As full time airsport athletes/coaches we find it very important that the location we choose to train at, and spend our time in, is enjoyable outside of training also. Skydive Algarve is located on one of the most spectacular coastlines in Europe, which makes our camps feel like a holiday as well as a training camp. The staff at the drop zone are friendly and helpful, which makes you feel at home straight away. We will continue to train and spend time at Skydive Algarve because we believe that it is the most awesome drop zone in the world!
Everyone who likes skydiving and beautiful nature should come and experience it!
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