The Coffs Harbor City Skydivers team.
The Coffs Harbor City Skydivers team. Courtesy Coffs Harbour City Skydivers

Thrill seekers get ready to jump

CLARENCE Valley thrill seekers will have the chance to try the sport of parachuting over the next few months, when Coffs City Skydivers come to town on a promotional visit.

Coffs City Skydivers will host jumps out of Grafton over two weekends.

The first will take place on March 28 and 29 and the second on May 2.

Ken Dewar is organising a group for the second skydive.

The local chiropractor had his first dive about two weeks ago and is now officially hooked.

“I was given the ticket as a 50th birthday present. My daughter came up with me and we had a blast,” Ken said.

“I'm still on a high from it,” Ken said.

Ken also recommends the skydiving experience to anyone who has ever wanted to go paragliding.

“Once the parachute opens, you have a gentle glide down to land,” he said.

Coffs City Skydivers has an extensive record having clocked up 25,000 jumps.

They have the largest drop zone on the North Coast and are the longest established skydiving operation on the Mid-North Coast.

They also jump from a height of up to 14,000 feet, which is the highest in Australia.

The manager of the operation, Lawrence Hill, had only positive things to say about the sport and doing it in the region.

“It's great jumping over Grafton. You really see the bends in the river and we get up to a height that allows you to see the coast, you can even see as far as Coffs,” Lawrence said.

Both Ken and Lawrence stress that the sport is extremely safe as the stats say you are more likely to be injured driving your car than you are jumping out of a plane with a parachute on your back.

• For more information or to book a jump, you can contact the Coffs City Skydivers on 6651 1167 or to be a part of Ken's party, call him on 6643 1833.

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