First Load Mafia
First Load Mafia is the poster child for giving up on the rat race and changing your life in the pursuit of something utterly pointless and beautiful. Each of its core members at some point threw away everything and adventured off to dedicate every waking energy to learning about falling out of the sky, with style. Starting at the bottom, they did everything they could just to be at a dropzone every day and to keep jumping. The name itself comes from this time when the only way to get a jump together was on the first load of the day before the long hours of DZ work started.
FLM offers honest and dedicated coaching for individuals or groups in all popular disciplines, video flying and editing, load organising and other assorted mayhem. FLM remain focused on FreeFly, Fun Jumping (and generally being broke and happy) Through their ethos they have gained a high level not only in flying skills but also in the theory of skydiving in general, from the basic philosophy of saftey and progression and dropzone functionality to the less discussed aspects such as “why do we jump?”, “what are we running from?” and “who is buying the next round?”
For FLM nothing brings more joy than seeing a student progress and their smile on the landing area when they have just nailed a new trick. Importantly to them- FLM only partakes in outdoor skydiving. While the windtunnel is certainly a wonderful tool to ultra rapid progression they see things slightly differently. The goal is not to turbo boost to the top. When we reach the top then what is there left to do? For FLM skydiving is 100% an outdoor sport.
The core Mafia members can be found at Skydive Algarve and Skydive Spain and are always available for a day of training, organising or fun jumping. They consist of: Hamish Cameron, Willem de Groot, Alistair Cameron, Devon Apps, and Serena di Santo!