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If you are looking for progression and coaching in a specific discipline, we highly recommend the following coaches who are currently based at Skydive Algarve. Please contact them directly to find out more details and to book.
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!
The FlySafe Canopy School was founded in 2013 by Bruno Geada at Skydive Algarve, Portugal. At the time he wanted to create a canopy school to meet the needs of the large number of new skydivers attending the dropzone. The canopy school grew, and now receives over 200 students a year.
In 2015 Icarus Canopies NZ founded “The Canopy School” and invited Bruno to join their team of experienced canopy pilots. Flysafe started to give courses following “The Canopy School” syllabus, applying the knowledge and experience gained over the years.
The school is focused on improving the skills of beginners to advanced pilots, offering canopy courses, one-on-one and group canopy coaching and flock coaching, giving all the support and instruction to canopy pilots of all experience levels. We also help you with the qualifications to get your BPA, USPA and FPPQ Canopy Licenses.
You can fly your canopy better!
Believe in it!
Be the pilot!
Originally from England, Hannah has been chasing the sun around the world for 8 years and now has over 5,500 jumps. Her passion is in all things freeflying with a focus on vertical flying after being on the Women’s Vertical World Record in 2016 and having competed in VFS.
Mostly she just wants to share her energy and passion for flying with everyone. It’s all about being able to learn to fly and enjoy the best sport in the world in the safest and best way possible. She is also available for small group coaching and big way skills training.
Originally born in Germany, Julian has been pursuing his passion working in all facets in skydiving since 2009.
To date he has accumulated more than 8500 jumps and a long list of achievements including national and international Freely records, international canopy piloting competitions, Load organising and Freely coaching at international events and Instructor and Examiner Ratings for multiple Disciplines.
Julian coaches Freefly, Tunnel flying and canopy piloting for all Levels partnering with Flight-1, the most prestigious and long standing canopy school in the world.
Junior is from Brazil and has a degree in Electronic Engineering. He’s been living in the Algarve since 2017 and already feels like a local.
Junior offers Skydive mentoring & coaching and believes that skydiving is much more than jumping out of airplanes. It´s life changing.
Junior’s mission is to help people build their skydiving foundations and connect them with other skydivers.
He started jumping in 1996, and built his skydive knowledge with many professional & passionate skydivers, during trips to several dropzones around the world.
Everyone is unique therefore Junior’s pledge is to help his students, in a no-rush environment, to learn & improve their FS (belly), Sit Fly (head up), or Tracking/Angle skills, using tools and coaching methods tailor-made to suit their needs.
Junior is a USPA and FAI rated instructor but is also able to coach his students towards the BS (Brisitsh Skydiving) qualifications as well as towards their FS1, FF1, TR1, TR2 stickers.
A little known fact about Junior- he is also a food lover and can help you to discover the amazing cuisine of the Algarve.
Originally from Scotland, Liam has been skydiving for almost 4 years and has around 1100 jumps. His passion is wingsuit flying and he holds both National and World records in the discipline.
This is his Liam’s third season in Portugal and he is available for one-on- one or group coaching, everything from the First Flight Wingsuit course (WS1) to big suit acro!
Aside from wingsuiting Liam can also offer TR, FF & FS coaching for those looking to get their British Skydiving (BS) stickers! Liam can be contacted directly via Facebook or Instagram.
Oscar Asfura, was born in Chile and started skydiving in 2011. Since then, he has been been mostly jumping in the USA and Spain and has worked as a wind tunnel instructor at Paraclete XP.
Looking back over the last 5 years, Oscar has done a lot of load organising and coaching worldwide, including skill camps and boogies in South America, Europe, Australia the US and many more.
Oscar is available for 1 on 1 coaching aswell as for coaching in groups.
Petter is a full time freefly competitor and coach. Usually based in Voss, Norway he has travelled around, teaching freeflyers of all skill-levels to fly, both in the tunnel and in the sky for most of his “adult” life.
He really enjoys sharing everything he knows about flying with his students.
After spending 5 years flying with Zion Freefly, he is now spending more time teaching and progressing within the sport of skydiving, in new ways. Petter is currently based at Skydive Algarve and available for Freefly coaching.
Jews can fly!
Roy is originally from Israel and he now lives here in the sunny algarve. He’s been skydiving for 10 years and has an endless passion for flying in the sky and teaching others to do the same.
His main focus is movement and dynamic flying, for all levels. On top of this type of coaching, Roy is a highly experienced photographer and videographer and can offer camera coaching as well as private camera work.
If you want to learn how to fly better, create awesome videos, or have an awesome video (or photos) taken of you, or maybe all of the above, in one outrageous day, talk to Roy!
Zemi was born in Portugal and is one of the top Skydiving instructors in the country, he’s also a Windtunnel Chief instructor. His passion is Freestyle and he competes as a dynamic athlete. A little unknown fact about Zemi- he actually has a Veterinarian Degree!
He is also qualified as a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale judge AE (FAI judge)
Zemi’s achievments incude:
Current freestyle International champion 2019
Gold medalist Czech republic Indoor Championship, 2019
Gold medalist Indoor Skydiving Swiss Cup, 2019
Gold medalist German Indoor Skydiving Championship, 2019
-Planning and execution of training programs for junior instructors
-Training athletes to become dynamic flyers/participate in the most
elite events in the world
-Training beginners to fly quickly/effectively in order to compete
-Leading teams of men and women in the sky on very advanced
jumps, drills and moves
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